Webster advances to regional final
Gorlocks' closer goes distance to down Birmingham-Southern
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- Reaching the Round of 16, Webster defeated Birmingham-Southern, 6-1, in the NCAA Regional. The Gorloks await an opponent TBD, for the regional championship on Friday. In the double-elimination format, a win in the first, or second game if needed, would land Webster one of eight berths in the NCAA Championship.
Steve Dooley was the story of the day, pitching a complete-game win. Dooley allowed five hits, one run, walked one, and struck out five. Only one Panther runner reached second through the ninth and Dooley retired 10 batters in a row at one point.
Head Coach Bill Kurich pulled a rabbit out of his Gorlok hat, starting Dooley after he had made relief appearances and saved the first two regional games for Webster. Dooley has thrown 14 1/3 innings in the regional, allowing just 6 hits and one run. He is 5-4 on the season, with seven saves.
Taylor Stoulp was once again the hitting star for Webster. Stoulp was 3-for-5, with three RBIs, and a run scored. Stoulp is 9-for-14, with eight RBIs and five runs scored, in three games in the regional.
Birmingham-Southern came into the contest with an impressive 37-7 record, and was ranked seventh nationally and first in the South Region. The Gorloks took a 1-0 lead in the first as Cody Stevenson led off with a single and stole his 58th stolen base in 61 attempts. Stevenson scored on a Stoulp single into right and the Gorloks never looked back, scoring one in the third, three in the fourth, and one in the eighth innings.