Ithaca's three-run fifth frame helps drop Linfield for spot in championship series
APPLETON, Wis. -- Ithaca used a pair of two-out rallies and defeated Linfield 6-4 on Monday afternoon at Fox Cities Stadium. Just three teams remain alive at the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship as the champion will be crowned Tuesday evening.
Ithaca advanced to face Southern Maine in a game that begins at noon ET. The winner of that game faces Linfield at 3:30 p.m. in the tournament championship game.
After Linfield scored twice in the bottom of the first, Bomber first baseman Matt Connolly got Ithaca started with a home run to left field. The fly ball was pushed toward the foul pole by strong winds that blew throughout the game, but the ball struck the pole and resulted in Connolly's first career home run.
Ithaca had its big offensive inning in the top of the fifth, when three runs crossed with two outs.
In Ithaca's last three games, eight of the team's 14 runs have come on two-out hits. Three others came via solo home runs.
Starting pitcher Pat Lemmo pitched effectively on two days of rest. He allowed four runs, but just one was earned, in seven innings. He yielded nine hits, walked two batters, and struck out one. Lemmo picked up the victory, his 12th of the season, which ties the single-season pitching wins record for Ithaca.