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2013-05-15 Campbellsville gives ONU first loss of NCCAA World Series
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ONU is 1-1 after the first day of pool play at the NCCAA World Series

Campbellsville gives ONU first loss of NCCAA World Series

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 8:22 AM

MASON, Ohio — After a great start to the 2013 NCCAA World Series, head coach Todd Reid and the Olivet Nazarene University Tigers had a quick turnaround for game two. On Wednesday evening, May 15, Olivet took on No. 2-seeded Campbellsville University (Ky.), looking to start 2-0 in pool play. However, the higher-seeded team won 3-2, as the Tigers only managed three hits and had two errors.

Senior Ben Heller (Whitewater, Wis.) (8-4) took the mound for the Tigers (33-20). He went six innings and allowed three runs — two earned — off four hits, while striking out five. Paul Griffin (Pekin, Ill.) and Kevin Lasowski (Schererville, Ind.) came in relief and pitched the final inning.

For Campbellsville (37-19), Bret DeRooy (4-6) pitched a complete game allowing two runs — one earned — off three hits while striking out six.

In the top of the first inning, Campbellsville took an early 1-0 lead. They used an error and a single by Keaton Neeb to get things going. Eventually a groundout by Carlos Torres scored Tanner Nielsen. Through the next three innings, both teams only managed two hits, and the game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth. After back-to-back singles by Matt Davenport (Swayzee, Ind.) and Ryan Kern (Bloomington, Ill.), they put on a double steal after the next batter that allowed Kern to tie the game. In the top of the fifth, a balk by Campbellsville's Heller allowed Shane Woodson to score. Then, a groundout by Bush gave Nielsen the opportunity to score for a second time. ONU responded with a run in the bottom of the inning. Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.) and Dan Schneider (West Salem, Wis.) both reached on errors, and Fahy eventually scored on the ball Schneider hit to make it 3-2. ONU had a chance in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game with a runner on third, but with two outs, grounded out to end the game.

For the Tigers, Justin Fahy went 1-for-4 with one run, and Ryan Kern had a hit and scored a run. Matt Davenport had the only other hit for the Tigers.

For Campbellsville, Tanner Neilsen scored two runs, and both Michael Bush and Carlos Torres ended up with a RBI. Shane Woodson scored the other run for the Tigers, while four others had hits on the day.

The Tigers continue pool play at 11 a.m. (EST) against No. 7-seeded Emmanuel College (Ga.).

Boxscore:  http://web.olivet.edu/sports/baseball/games/2013/onubb53.htm