Baseball Weekend Review
Notes: Capps improves to 21-0 in career for No. 2 Mount Olive
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament
Josh Cagle was on top of his game for Stillman in the SIAC tournament championship game on Sunday as he propelled the second-seeded Tigers to a 3-2 win against sixth-seeded Albany State at the Paul Earnes Sports Complex in Albany, Ga.
Cagle was named the MVP of the tournament, and for good reason. He struck out 12 and did not give up an earned run as he guided the Tigers (25-17) into the NCAA tournament.
Josh Beal and Jarius Brown came through with two hits apiece against the Golden Rams, who led 2-1 in the top of the fifth after a run-scoring hit by William Smalls. Smalls was one of four players to tally a hit for Albany State.
Patrick Chamberlin made sure the Tigers did not fall short in their championship quest with two big at bats. His sacrifice fly tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth and his base hit to center in the eighth drove in the game-winning run for the Tigers.
Stillman returns to the top of the conference for the first time since 2009 when it capped a run of three consecutive SIAC tournament championships. The title game against the Golden Rams marked the fifth time in six years that Stillman played for the title.
No. 3 Grand Valley at Wayne State
No team is having any luck slowing down Grand Valley State. Wayne State (Mich.) was the latest team to fall short in its quest to knock off the third-ranked Lakers, losing all four games in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference weekend series in Detroit.
GVSU won the opener 9-4 in nine innings and capped the first doubleheader with a 9-3 victory. The Lakers (39-3, 28-1 GLIAC) won 8-1 and 12-4 on Sunday to win their eighth consecutive conference championship. GVSU has won 15 GLIAC titles in all.
On Sunday, Ryan Garman earned the win in the opener, allowing one run on four hits. He worked six innings and struck out three as he lowered his team-best ERA to 1.38 and raised his record to 7-1. Steve Anderson, Dan Ponegalek and Paul Young each tallied two hits.
Cody Grice paved the way in the series finale, going 2 for 3 with five RBIs as the Lakers stretched their remarkable win streak to 19 games. Head coach Steve Lyon improved to 496-187-2 as the head coach of the Lakers.
No. 2 Mount Olive vs. No. 11 Catawba
After splitting a doubleheader against Catawba (40-13) on Saturday, Mount Olive all but wrapped up the right to host the Southeast Regional with a 5-3 win against the Indians on Sunday at Scarborough Field.
The Trojans (39-7) are the second-ranked team in the nation and the top team in the region, and behind an offensive performance in which eight players had at least one hit, they took care of business in the series finale against the No. 2 team in the region.
Jacob Rogers and Dan Hayduk came through with two hits apiece while Pete Levitt earned the win in six innings of work. He struck out seven.
Catawba's Nathan Furr, making only his third start of the season, earned the victory after striking out four in the Indians' 7-2 victory on Saturday.
Carter Capps nailed down the win in the opener on Saturday, a 9-1 win for the Trojans, giving up just five hits with eight strikeouts in eight innings of action. Capps is 11-0 on the season and 21-0 in his career. Mike Knox provided a jolt to the offense with his 22nd homer of the year and the 46th of his career.
No. 7 UC San Diego at No. 20 Chico State
By the time UC San Diego finished off an 11-10 win versus Chico State on Sunday at Nettleton Stadium, the Tritons had a firm grasp on first-place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
One game back to start the four-game road series against the Wildcats, the Tritons (34-12, 25-12) moved three games ahead of Chico State (27-14, 21-13) in the standings and used the four-game sweep to push their win streak to 13 games.
UC San Diego won the other three games 9-3, 9-1 and 6-5.
Blake Tagmyer provided a huge boost for the Tritons in the series finale, tallying two hits, the biggest being a three-run home run in the second inning. The blast was part of a nine-run inning for the Tritons, erasing a 3-0 deficit with ease. Tagmyer finished 2-for-5 and drove in three runs while scoring twice.
UC San Diego led 11-8 after eight innings but survived a furious Wildcat rally as Daniel Simmons stepped in and nailed down the save and sent Chico State to its fifth loss in a row.
Even though the Wildcats didn’t help their cause by committing five errors, they never quit, pulling within three runs heading into the ninth. Jackson Evans, Adrian Bringas and Phil Johnson all tallied two hits apiece for the Wildcats.
Elias Tumas earned the win in relief for the Tritons. He improved to 5-0 after allowing one hit with two strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work. Chico State finished with 12 hits. The Tritons racked up 11 hits.