APPLETON, Wis. – With a brilliant pitching performance from senior Mike Mahaffey, Marietta advanced to the national championship game for the 13th time in program history.
Marietta blanked St. Thomas 5-0 to reach the title game. Mahaffey picked up the win tossing 8 innings of four-hit baseball. He issued just one walk and struck out seven.
Marietta improves to 47-8 on the season and St. Thomas ends the year with a 41-10 record. The win also avenged a 3-1 loss to the Tommies on Sunday. The Pioneers have exacted revenge on all eight teams that have beaten them this year.
Senior All-American shortstop Tim Saunders went 4-for-4 at the plate and scored three runs, while freshman left fielder Mitch Geers was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in. Junior center fielder Aaron Hopper also collected two hits in four at bats.
Senior Kyle Lindquist pitched the final inning for the Pioneers.
The Pioneers have won an NCAA-best five national titles and their 13 championship game appearances is also an NCAA record.
Marietta defeated Wheaton Tuesday night by the score of 6-5 in 10 innings as Saunders was issued a bases loaded walk.