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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 9:40 pm

Indiana Tech 6, Cumberlands 4

Indiana Tech baseball headed to NAIA World Series

JOURNAL GAZETTE

Indiana Tech defeated top-seeded University of the Cumberlands for the second straight day, winning 6-4 in the championship game of the Williamsburg Opening Round at Doyle Buhl Stadium in Kentucky to advance to the NAIA World Series for the first time since 2003.

The game was the 16th in a row without a loss for the Warriors (41-14-1) since April 22. They've won 15 times and tied once once in that span, including a 3-0 mark in NAIA National tournament play.

The second-seeded Warriors took the lead for good in the sixth when Jake DeFries doubled and later came around to score on a successful squeeze bunt from Jake Ritson. The squeeze put Tech up 4-3 and it would add another run in the sixth and one more in the seventh to break the game open. DeFries went 3 for 4, scoring twice and driving in a run.

Tech got off to a fast start in the first inning when Glen McClain singled and Branson Dossen drove in two with a home run to left. It was Dossen's second straight game with a homer and he also went 3 for 4 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored in the game.

Cumberlands (45-10) tied the game at 3 in the sixth inning when Pedro Nazario hit a two-run homer off Tech reliever Seth Sorenson. Outside of that long ball, Sorenson was solid, going 6 2/3 innings out of the bullpen and giving up three runs on five hits while striking out 10 to earn the victory.

McClain, the WHAC Player of the Year, went 2 for 4 with a double.