APPLETON, Wis. — Webster won its first Division III Championship game in a thriller, beating Kean 8-7 at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis. Taylor Stoulp had a two-out, two-strike single to drive in two runs and give the Gorloks a walk-off win.
Webster loaded the bases in the ninth on an infield single by Matt Moore, a single up the middle by Michael Aaron, and a walk to Cody Stevenson. After fouling off a two-strike pitch, Stoulp laced a hit inside the first base bag into the right-field corner to score pinch-runner Devon Johnson and Aaron to win the game.
The Gorloks battled throughout the contest, building up a three-run lead in the seventh after scoring in the fourth, fifth, and seventh. After a four-run eighth by the Cougars, Webster had to come back again to tie the game. A Stoulp single scored Cody Stevenson to tie the game. Kean wasn’t going down easy, and scored a run on three consecutive singles in the top of the ninth, to take one last lead 7-6 before Stoulp’s heroics in the bottom half of the inning.
Stoulp continued a scorching post-season attack with a four for six game, with three RBI and a run scored. He is 6-for-10 in the Championship, with four RBI, and 16-for-28 with 12 RBI in the NCAA postseason. In the process, Stoulp extended his hitting streak to 20 games, and has a hit in 35 of his last 36 games.
Kevin Kojs had his second consecutive big day at the plate, going four for four, with two RBIs. Kojs, the Gorloks second baseman, single with two outs in the sixth inning drove in two and gave Webster its first lead of the Series. Kojs was 3-for-4 in the opener, with an RBI.
Third baseman Mitchell Bonds put the Gorloks on the board with a solo home run in the fourth inning. Right fielder Alex Kazmierski was 3-for-4, with a run scored, and an RBI. First baseman Tom Henke was 2-for-3, with a run scored and two walks in the game.
Steven Dooley won his seventh game in relief of starter Isaac Behme. Dooley allowed seven hits and five runs, four earned, in 3 2/3 innings. A wild pitch on a strikeout, with two out in the Cougars four-run eighth, cost Dooley four of the runs. Behme went five and a third innings, giving up six hits and two runs.
The Gorloks are 36-13 on the season. The 36 wins are a new high in a season for Webster.