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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:00 pm

Indiana Tech stays alive in NAIA baseball tournament

Huntington eliminated

JOURNAL GAZETTE

No. 2-seeded Indiana Tech survived a late-game rally from No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan to win Game 1 of the Bartlesville Bracket in the NAIA postseason baseball tournament 18-14 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on Wednesday.

The two teams will play again at 1 p.m. today in the championship game of the bracket.

Dante Biagini hit a single to bring in Charlie Sipe with the go-ahead run to help the Warriors (44-13) go up 8-7 as part of a 6-run fifth inning.

The Eagles (50-10) led 7-5 heading into the inning, but the Warriors got a solo home run from Matt Bandor and a double from Charlie Sipe that brought in Peyton Newsom to tie the game.

Glen McClain hit a grand slam in the sixth to give the Warriors a 15-7 lead and by the eighth, stretched the lead to 18-10.

The Warriors' Nick Noe earned the win on the mound despite giving up nine hits and seven runs in five innings.

The Warriors won the elimination game 25-24 against Midland earlier Wednesday. The two teams combined for 14 home runs, with the Warriors hitting six.

Bandor hit two homers and finished 3 for 4 with four runs and five RBI, and Keith Tatum went 3 for 6 with a homer and six RBI.

Huntington defeated Truett McConnell 11-6 in the elimination game in Montgomery, Alabama to advance to play top-seed Faulkner, who beat the Foresters 8-4.

Top-seeded Faulkner led 8-2 in the seventh and the No. 3 Foresters (35-13) responded with a home run from Dylan Henricks in the eighth, and Tyler Zimske hit a solo homer to lead off the ninth.

The Foresters led 4-0 after four innings and by as much as 6-1 in the seventh.

Truett McConnell got within 6-5 in the eighth but Zimske hit a homer to make it 9-5.

In the first game, Henricks hit a two-run homer to open the scoring for Huntington.