Webster romps past CNU
Gorlocks steal eight bases, score runs in six different innings
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- The running game revved up the Gorlok offense. Zach Schneider kept Christopher Newport's in the starting blocks.
Webster University blasted the top-ranked Captains 11-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Division III South Regional.
CNU had not played in nearly a month, and it appeared that the Captains were rusty.
Schneider allowed one run on five hits, striking out six while walking none. He improved to 7-4 on the year and lowered his ERA to 1.86.
Cody Stevenson led the Gorlok attack, going 3-for-4, with three runs scored and four stolen bases. Joe Gerace was 2-for-4, with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Webster stole eight bases and kept CNU on its heels defensively throughout the game.
Gerace and Stevenson opened the scoring with back to back singles with one out in the third. After a double steal and a strikeout, Anthony Genna drove a two-out, two-run single into left field to put Webster up 2-0. Shaky fielding by the Captains helped the Gorloks pick up their third and fourth runs.
After Craig Schaefer led off the fourth with a double, he scored on a wild throw to first on a Paul Kienker sacrifice bunt. In the fifth, Stevenson led off with an infield hit and scored on a wild pitch after reaching third on a hit and run by Nathan Shelton. Webster pushed across two more runs in the frame to go up 6-0. The Gorloks added a single tallies in the sixth and seventh innings, and three more in the ninth.
The beatdown could have been worse, but Webster left nine men on base.
Schneider held the Captains without a base runner for the first 5.1 innings of the game before Billy Steel finally stopped the no-hitter with a looper into right field. Connor Madden followed with a single up the middle, but the Captains were held off the board.
Webster will play the loser of the Piedmont-Salisbury game, on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET at USA Stadium.
CNU finally got on the board in the eighth inning, when Chris McDougal led off with a single and Ben Lenda reached on a hit-by-pitch. After a double play, McDougal was on third base when Madden blasted a two-out run-scoring triple to right center field. Madden went 2-for-3 with the Captains' lone RBI.
Christopher Newport will face Wabash on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.