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Jordan Cornett, CU Sports Information
The Campbellsville Tigers won all three games to claim the NCCAA Mideast Regional Tournament on Saturday in Nashville with a 6-5 victory over host Trevecca Nazarene University.
“I feel fantastic,” head coach Beauford Sanders said. “This is wonderful and a great accomplishment.
“Of course we were disappointed when we didn’t qualify for the NAIA opening round, but to have this opportunity and to see us get together and play better baseball and win the thing is great.
“We started off slow the first day, but the last two games have been outstanding.”
CU 3, Covenant 2
The Tigers pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh to claim their opening-round win on May 8.
Second-baseman Tanner Nielsen went 3-3 for CU while designated hitter Carlos Torres had a pair of hits.
Brent DeRooy went the distance and scattered seven hits to pick up the mound victory.
CU 8, Trevecca 4
Torres had a triple, a home run and five runs batted in the May 9 triumph.
Patrick McMeel permitted only six hits while going all seven innings for the win.
CU 6, Trevecca 5
Aaron Schwoebel was the only Tiger to manage a hit in the initial three innings of scoreless play.
Tiger third baseman Michael Bush got the momentum going in the fourth with a single to left. Brandon Johnson was next to reach base safely due to a Trevecca fielding error followed by a Schwoebel single to load the bases.
A choppy grounder from Torres allowed the first RBI of the game and an Angelo Simmons single following for the second.
Campbellsville bats weren’t through, though. Travis Hayes singled up the middle to score both Simmons and Torres making it 4-0.
The Trojans answered with two off of a double, single, and one Tiger error.
Senior Keaton Neeb singled with one out in the fifth with Levi McCamish pinch-running for the catcher. Brandon Johnson followed with a single and he and McCamish scoring on a two-out double from Torres. Trevecca responded with a run in the bottom and after two scoreless innings cut the Tiger lead to 6-5.
Matt Robertson earned the win, pitching the first 4+ innings, allowing six hits with four strike-outs.
Allen Hewey pitched just over an inning of relief, allowing only one hit and striking out three while Tylar Schmunk pitched the seventh.
Johnson and Schwoebel were the only Tigers with two hits in the contest while Torres had three RBIs, Hayes collected two and Schwoebel knocked in one.
The title win advanced CU to the NCCAA World Series, which began yesterday in Mason, Ohio.
The Tigers, the No. 2 overall seed in the 10-team tourney, played Emmanuel and Olivet Nazarene in pool play yesterday and will battle Covenant and Arizona Christian. The top teams in pool play will advance to semi-final games on Friday with the championship scheduled for Saturday.