MASON, Ohio — After finishing 3-1 in pool play, the Olivet
Nazarene University baseball team advanced to the semifinal round against the
No. 1-seeded California Baptist University Lancers, who won the tournament in
2012. A three-hour rain delay kept the game from starting on
time; nonetheless, the Tigers fell 3-0 and ended their season.
The Tigers (35-21) started senior Paul Griffin (Pekin, Ill.) (4-4). He went 4 1/3 innings, allowing
three runs off four hits, while walking four. Kevin Lasowski (Schererville, Ind.) pitched the final 1 2/3 and
allowed only one hit.
David Herd (8-4) started for the Lancers (42-18) and went
seven innings, throwing a shutout allowing seven hits.
The Lancers struck first in the bottom half of the first when
Blair Moore doubled to allow Travis Sais to score from first. ONU remained
hitless until the third inning when Madison
Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) singled. In the Lancer half of the fourth, they
scored their second run when Ryan Cathers grounded out and Zach Esquerra
scored. In the Tiger fifth, ONU put together three hits as Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) singled, Foster got on base, and with two outs Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.)
singled but Foster was caught at third base. Meanwhile, California Baptist scored again in
the fifth when Z. Esquerra singled and L. Esquerra scored. In the sixth, the
Tigers threatened with two on and no outs, but a pop out and double play ended
the inning. The Tigers failed to put a runner in scoring position in the
For ONU, Josh Altmann and Madison Foster each had a hit, and
Justin Fahy and Dan Schneider (West
Salem, Wis.) each went 1-for-3.
For the Lancers, Zach Esquerra went 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run. Blair Moore had a run and RBI. Luke
Esquerra had a run and hit, and Ryan Cathers had a RBI.
The loss ends the Tigers’ season and the career of 10
seniors. In addition, Matt Davenport (Swayzee, Ind.) was named to the 10-person All-Tournament Team following the World Series.