May 24, 2009

Courtesy of St. Thomas

St. Thomas scored in each of the first six innings and posted 12 two-out runs en route to a 16-5 victory over Shenandoah in Saturday night's winners' bracket baseball game at the Division III College World Series in Appleton, Wis.

No. 5-ranked St. Thomas (38-12) improved to 8-0 all time in first- and second-round games in their four trips to the College World Series. Over the last nine days, the Toms have outscored their last five NCAA playoff foes by a 47-8 margin.

The Tommies will play Sunday in a 7 p.m. winners' bracket showdown vs. Wooster, which has 10-1 and 14-1 wins thus far in the tournament.

St. Thomas scored one run in the first inning, three in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, and six in the sixth. UST had no errors and has outhit the home team 18-10.

Matt McQuillan and Roy Larson had four hits each; Dan Leslie had three hits; and Matt Olson and Louie Salmen each had two hits. Larson's three-run homer keyed a six-run sixth inning.

Tommie freshman Bryce Gapinski used double-play grounders to avoid damage in the second and third innings. He allowed five runs, seven hits and four walks in 5 1-3 innings. Senior Brady Gibbs pitched 2 2-3 innings and Blake Searles pitched the ninth inning.

Shenandoah All-American pitcher Josh Simons allowed a single and two four-pitch walks in the third inning and was replaced with the bases full and none out. Shenandoah has used three relievers, all freshmen, and they've allowed 10 runs.

NOTES: McQuillan ran his hiting streak to 10 games (and 21 of 22) with a second-inning double, and he's batting 12-for-23 in the Toms' current five-game winning streak... Olson had now reached base in 37 consecutive games, and he's 14-of-28 with eight RBI in his last seven playoff games over ther last 10 days... UST pitchers came into tonight with an 1.65 ERA in seven NCAA playoff games... Shenandoah came into the game with a .364 batting average.

Wooster beat Kean 14-1 in the other winners' bracket game. In elimination games today, Carthage scored a 10-1 win over Trinity (Ct.) and Chapman edged Farmingdale State, 4-2.