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2013-05-17 No. 1-seeded California Baptist ends ONU's run at NCCAA World Series crown
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With a loss to California Baptist the Tigers season ends

No. 1-seed California Baptist ends ONU's run at NCCAA World Series crown

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM

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 seventh.

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.