Tigers fight back to title tilt in region

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CU loses to Kansas Wesleyan, but rebounds for two Thursday triumphs.

By The Staff

Campbellsville University is two-thirds into an improbable comeback after wins on Thursday against Lindenwood University (17-8) and Kansas Wesleyan (11-0) in the NAIA Region 8 Baseball Tournament at the Lou Brock Sports Complex in St. Charles, Mo.

Coach Beauford Sanders' Tigers faced Wesleyan on Friday with the winner earning a berth in the NAIA World Series, which begins this Friday at Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho.

After losing to Kansas Wesleyan 5-4 on Wednesday, Campbellsville faced the daunting task of winning three straight in order to earn its first region crown.

After an opening-round win over William Penn on Tuesday, the Tigers fell to Kansas Wesleyan 5-4 in the winners' bracket finals on Wednesday.

Nathan Quesenberry, Chris Curley and Brian Chase had two-hit games for CU, which finished the game with two runners on base.

Against Lindenwood, Campbellsville scored four runs in the first and five in the fourth and never looked back.

Zack Townsend had four RBI with two of the team's 14 hits while Curley homered in the game.

Alex Tolmachoff picked up the win by going the first four innings while Brian Fuller earned a save by tossing the final three frames.

Chase had three hits for CU while Townsend, Curley, Quesenberry, Tyler Derby and Alex Ponich had two safeties each.

Against Kansas Wesleyan, the Tigers scored 11 times in the top of the fourth inning and senior Bryan Fuller pitched a nine-inning game in which he scattered eight hits, fanned nine and didn't walk a batter. No Kansas Wesleyan base runner reached second in the game.

Campbellsville got its 11 runs off seven hits and four Kansas errors, punctuated by Quesenberry's two-run homer.

Campbellsville had four players with multiple-hit games - Chase (3), Derby (2), Quesenberry (2), Chase (2).

Derby, Quesenberry and Chase had two runs batted in apiece.

The win improves the Tigers' record to 38-10 and Kansas Wesleyan stands at 40-16.