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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, May 18, 2017 1:00 am

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Tech survives, but Huntington ousted

Second-seeded Indiana Tech stayed alive in the NAIA postseason baseball tournament with two victories Wednesday in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, but Huntington saw its season come to an end in the bracket final in Montgomery, Alabama.

The Warriors won a elimination game 25-24 over Midland earlier Wednesday in a contest that saw 14 home runs combined, six by the Warriors.

In their second elimination game of the day, Tech had to survive a four-run ninth by top-seeded Oklahoma Wesleyan to win 18-14. The two teams will play again at 1 p.m. today in the championship game of the Bartlesville Bracket.

The Warriors (44-13) scored six runs in the fifth inning to retake the lead 8-7. They got a solo home run from Matt Bandor and an RBI double from Charlie Sipe to tie the game, then Dante Biagini's single scored Sipe with the go-ahead rum.

Glen McClain belted a grand slam in the sixth to put the Warriors ahead 15-7, and by the eighth, Tech stretched the lead to 18-10.

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.

In Montgomery, Huntington staved off elimination by defeating Truett McConnell (Georgia) 11-6 in its first game Wednesday.

But the Foresters fell to top-seeded Faulkner 8-4 in the championship game of the Montgomery Bracket.

Faulkner (50-10) led 8-2 in the seventh, but 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.

In the first game Wednesday, Henricks hit a two-run homer to open the scoring for Huntington, which went on to lead 6-1 in the seventh.

Truett McConnell got within 6-5 in the eighth, but Zimske's three-run home run was part of a five-run bottom of the eighth to put the Foresters ahead 11-5.

– Journal Gazette