Locastro's two home runs help Ithaca beat Millsaps, stay alive another day
APPLETON, Wis. -- Ithaca defeated Millsaps 5-2 in a Division III Baseball Championship elimination game Saturday at Fox Cities Stadium. The Bombers scored single runs in five separate innings, including two on home runs by Tim Locastro, and the strong pitching of John Prendergast and Jimmy Wagner carried the Bombers into a Sunday matchup against either Kean or Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Ithaca set a single-season program wins record with its 39th victory of the year and is 39-7. Millsaps ended its season with a 38-14 mark.
Shortstop Tim Locastro got things started for Ithaca in the top of the first with a towering solo home run to left-center field. A two-out double to the gap by Colby Gee in the third inning scored Christian Brown with Ithaca's second run. In the fourth, an RBI groundout by Andrew Turner brought home Matt Connolly with the Bombers' third run.
Ithaca added a run in the sixth on a two-out single by Brown to bring in Connolly. Locastro's second homer of the game gave Ithaca its fifth run in the top of the ninth.
Millsaps scored in the bottom of the fourth on a bases-loaded, full-count squeeze play that was executed perfectly. They added a run in the bottom of the ninth.
Locastro was 2-for-5 with the two homers. He now leads the Bombers with four home runs on the season. Gee went 3-for-4 and drove in a run. Connolly was 2-for-4 and scored twice. Luke Stark also had two hits, including a double. Brown had two hits, drove in a run and scored once.
Prendergast was excellent through seven and a third. He allowed just one earned run on eight hits. He walked one batter and struck out eight to improve to 10-0 on the year. He was named to the ABCA All-America Third Team during the pre-tournament banquet on Thursday.
Wagner recorded the final five outs and picked up his fifth save of the season, with four of those coming in the postseason. He allowed two hits and one earned run with two strikeouts. Wagner entered the game in relief of Prendergast with one out in the eighth inning and runners on first and second. He induced a pop out and struck out the next batter to get out of the inning.