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Tigers’ baseball season ends at the hands of St. Francis 6-3
For the second time in as many days, a seventh-inning rally was the difference as Campbellsville University fell to the University St. Francis (Ill.) 6-3 in the NAIA Opening Round Baseball Tournament at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, Tenn.
The Saints, who had scored five in the seventh Thursday for a 6-3 win over the Tigers, put together a three-run inning Friday to push past Campbellsville.
St. Francis took an early 2-0 lead off three hits in the second inning, but the Tigers (37-18) chipped away through the middle third of the game.
Craig Edwards singled to lead off a two-run second inning for the Tigers. After Michael Durham loaded the bases on a bunt single, Johnson hit a one-out sacrifice fly to center to score Edwards and put CU on the board. Trent Seamons followed with a single to score Levi McCamish to even the score 2-2.
Edwards delivered again in the fifth with a two-out double to give CU a 3-2 lead.
Campbellsville is one of only 10 teams that have advanced to the NAIA Opening Round Tournament each of the four years since the new format was put in place in 2009.
CU eliminates Georgetown
The Campbellsville Tigers’ bats came alive in a 7-4 elimination game victory over No. 14 Georgetown College in the NAIA Opening Round Tournament.
After Georgetown took a 1-0 lead, Brandon Johnson blasted a two-run shot to left for the first home run of the tournament and a 2-1 lead for the boys in maroon. Trent Seamons followed with a single and scored on Aaron Schwoebel’s double.
With a 3-1 lead entering the third, the home-team Tigers were not done. Danny Lapchak (4-4) doubled to start off the bottom of the third and scored on a Keaton Neeb single.
After three scoreless innings, Campbellsville pushed across two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to stretch its lead to four at 6-2. Once again, Seamons singled followed by an RBI double by Schwoebel However, Schwoebel was ejected from the game after rounding second and running into the shortstop. Mason Yates entered the game to run and scored on an RBI single by Lapchak.
Ryan “Willy” Richardson got the start for Campbellsville and lasted into the eighth on 92 pitches thrown for the win. He finished with three earned runs allowed off 10 hits and a walk. Andrew Shoemaker took over in the eighth with no outs.
Cal Baptist ends Lady Tigers’ NCCAA title run 9-1
Campbellsville’s softball season came to an end Saturday afternoon in the final of the NCCAA Tournament as the Lady Tigers fell to California Baptist 9-1.
CU (41-24) led for half an inning after loading the bases in the first, but was only able to push across one run. Heather Oakley singled home Jordan Cornett for the Lady Tigers’ only score.
Cal’s Emma Holden, the NCCAA Pitcher of the Year at 24-4, snuffed out about every attempt by Campbellsville. She had inning-ending strikeouts in the first and the third frames, leaving five runners stranded.
CU had five hits, three more than it did against Holden when they met on Friday.
Jordan Cornett led the offense with two singles. Kristin Benton, Oakley and Dillender had one hit apiece.
Turpin, Cornett and Dillender were named to the NCCAA All-Tournament Team and Benton was named an NCCAA All American. Previously, Emma Napier, Benton and Oakley were named to the NCCAA All-Region Team.
The 41-24 record was the third 40-plus win season for Coach Shannon Wathen in her 10-year tenure.