May 23, 2009

Junior All-American Matt Schuld threw a five-hitter to win his 11th game of the season and the No. 5-ranked Tommies scored six runs with two-out hits Friday night in a 9-1 victory over No. 9-ranked Chapman (Calif.) (30-16) in the first round of the Division III College World Series in Appleton, Wis.

The Tommies (37-12) stroked 13 hits, including three by Matt Olson and two apiece by Matt McQuillan, Dan Leslie, Taylor Rahm and Louie Salmen. UST sent 10 to the plate in the fifth inning and scored five runs. UST has now outscored its last four NCAA playoff foes 31-3 over the last eight days.

The Toms improved to 4-0 all time in College World Series openers. Coach Dennis Denning's team plays a Saturday night winners' bracket game vs. ShenandoahPlayer pic (Va.), a 12-2 winner over Farmingdale (N.Y.) State.

McQuillan went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI; Olson has a double and scored; Leslie had a two-out RBI single in the first inning; McQuillan had a two-out RBI single in the second inning; Rahm had a two-out, two-run single in the fifth and scored on Tom Wippler's RBI double; and Salmen added RBI singles in the fifth and seventh innings.

Schuld fanned seven and walked three as he tied a 22-year-old UST record for season pitching wins. Schuld escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third inning with a pop out and benefited from inning-ending double-play grounders turned in the fourth and eighth innings. He allowed John Semel's solo home run in the eighth inning.

Chapman plays an elimination game Saturday at 1:15 p.m. vs. Farmingdale.

Earleir Friday, Wooster (Ohio) scored an 8-1 victory over Carthage (Wis.), and Kean (N.J.) topped defending champion Trinity (Ct.), 8-5.