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Biola 9, Ohio Dominican 0 (Ohio Dominican eliminated)
Todd Stevenson broke open a close game with a pinch-hit grand slam home run in the eighth inning, and Travis Lange scattered nine hits, and pitched a complete-game shutout for the Eagles.
Matt Koblens started for Ohio Dominican, and put in a good performance, allowing only three hits, five walks, and a hit batter in seven innings. He was also 1-4 at the plate. However, the hit batter, a wild pitch, and an RBI single by Matt McQueen in the second inning gave the Eagles the only run they needed. A couple of batters later, Blake Whiteman hit a ball into center field that got lost in the sun, and the result was a double and two RBI. (It was a hot, cloudless day in Lewiston, and two other balls were lost in the sun by outfielders.)
The six-run eighth inning for Biola also included a pinch-hit RBI by Kris Cook, and a solo home run by Blake Whiteman.
Phil Franks was 2-4 with a double for Ohio Dominican.
Ohio Dominican was on the losing end of back-to-back shutouts. The last time this happened in the NAIA national championship tournament was in 1964, and Georgia Southern was the victim.
Spalding 13, Aquinas 5 (Aquinas eliminated)
The Pelicans got 10 runs in the first inning, keyed by a three-run double by Jeremy Jackey and a three-run home run by Jacob Julius. (Julius got another home run in the seventh, and he was 3-5 in the day.)
The Pelicans pulled their starter, Chris Erxleben, after he pitched a perfect first inning, to save him for another day. Aquinas didn't get their first hit until the fifth inning. They scored four runs in the sixth to make things a little bit interesting, but they left the bases loaded.
Zach Emdee, who pitched three hitless innings, got the win for Spalding. Jake Martin, who gave up the Pelicans' first 11 runs, got the loss.
Cumberland U. 12, Embry-Riddle 4
Cumberland won a close game between these two teams during the regular season. Embry-Riddle led this one 3-0 after 1 1/2 innings, due mainly to a couple of errors. It was all Cumberland the rest of the way. The Bulldogs had a six-run fifth inning, led by a three-RBI double by Phillip Cuadrado, a sacrifice fly by Dorian Rojas, and a two-run home run by Steve Selph. Selph also hit a two-run home run in the second.
Josh Underhill pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs. He allowed only two earned runs on six hits, walked three, and struck out three. David Timm took the loss for the Eagles.
Although the Bulldogs were charged with five errors (three of them by the shortstop, Vladimir Munoz), they still get credit for three excellent defensive plays. In the top of the fourth inning, third baseman Phillip Cuadrado made a diving catch of a line drive, then made a throw from his knees to second base to complete a double play. In the top of the sixth, he made another good catch of a line drive. Later in the same inning, first baseman Donnie Burkhalter made a great snag of a grounder down the first base line.
Oklahoma City 11, Lewis-Clark State 10
The Stars led this game 10-2 after 4 1/2 innings, led by a three-run home run by Nick Klusaw and a two-run double by Derek Snell in a five-run third inning. The Warrior comback started in the bottom of the fifth, with a grand slam home run by Gavin Conception. The Warriors got a run walked in in the seventh to close to 11-8. In the bottom of the ninth, Justin Fuller hit a two-run home run (his first of the season) with two outs, to make the score 11-10. A walk, followed by a hit by Josh Celigoy, got the winning run to first base. However, Allen Balmer flied out, ending the game.
The Stars used six pitchers, including three in the ninth inning. Brian Mayfield, who pitched the seventh and eighth innings, got the win. Warrior starter Carlos Fisher got chased in the third inning after giving up six runs, four of them earned. He got the loss. The best pitching performance of the night was by Chris Kissock of Fruitvale, BC. He was the third pitcher used by the Warriors, and he went 3 1/3 innings, allowed only one hit, and struck out four.
Oklahoma City assistant coach Brandon Kitch was ejected from the game in the middle of the seventh inning for arguing with an umpire.