Monday, May 15, 2017 10:50 pm
Indiana Tech, Huntington baseball teams win
The Indiana Tech and Huntington baseball teams won their first-round opening games at the NAIA National Tournament on Monday.
Indiana Tech (41-12) defeated Bryan 17-10, boosted by a seven-run eighth inning at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Chris Gaynor drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the eighth as his single plated David Barksdale. Pinch hitter Taylor Nychyk drew a bases-loaded walk on a full count to make it 12-10 while Dante Biagini added two more runs with a double to left center. The second throwing error of the inning by the Lions shortstop put McClain on base with two outs as Biagini and Benny Clark III scored to extend the lead to six.
Huntington defeated Saint Thomas 12-6 at Faulkner in Montgomery, Alabama.
Will Coursen-Carr hit a 2-out, 3-run home run over the left field wall to give the Foresters a 6-5 lead in the seventh, bringing in Shea Beauchamp and Dylan Henricks. Tyler Zimske then scored on wild pitch to make it 7-5.
In the eighth, Adam Roser brought in two runs to make it 9-5.
Saint Thomas scored its final run in the bottom of the eighth and the Foresters followed it up as Michael Crowley drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 10-6 in the ninth. Roser followed with a single to right to bring in two more for the final margin.
Indiana Tech plays at 3:30 p.m. today against the Oklahoma Wesleyan/Midland winner while Huntington faces either Faulkner or Truett McConnell. Both match-ups finished late Monday.