The Journal Gazette
Saturday, May 25, 2019 11:10 pm

Indiana Tech loses in NAIA World Series

STEPHAN WIEBE | For The Journal Gazette

LEWISTON, Idaho — Indiana Tech couldn’t sustain its magic in the second round of the NAIA World Series.

The Warriors ran into a wall in top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan, which used a host of hot bats to garner a 11-3 win on Saturday at Harris Field.

The Warriors are still alive in the tournament and will play third-seeded Southeastern of Florida at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Saturday wasn’t the first time the two squads had met this season. Wesleyan twice toppled Tech in a doubleheader in February, 6-1 and 14-5.

“We play them every year,” Indiana Tech coach Kip McWilliams said. “(Wesleyan coach) Billy (Berry) is a good friend of mine, he runs a great program, and we love to play challenging teams, so we go down there every February.

“I’m proud of our guys, we competed, we didn’t stop fighting.”

Wesleyan’s onslaught started in a 5-run second inning, when the Bulldogs hit for a cycle against Tech pitcher Nate McBroom.

Wesleyan rolled out a single by a Shamoy Christopher, a pair of two-out RBI doubles by Jhosmel Rodriquez and Tyler Reichenborn, an RBI triple to deep right-center by Dan Fry and a no-doubt home run by Bryce Giles over the center field fence that scored two.

By the end of the bombardment, the Bulldogs led 5-0 and forced the Warriors to go to their bullpen much earlier than planned.

“It’s one of those things where Nate’s been struggling a little bit as of late,” McWilliams said. “He’s been good for us all year and he’ll be back out there hopefully in this tournament. But he’s just gotta get back over that and get a little sharper, and we’ve gotta learn form this game.”

Wesleyan added one run in each of the next six innings, including on a pair of solo home runs by Aloysius Cruz in the third and fifth.

The Bulldogs led 8-0 in the sixth when the Warriors broke their drought on a solo bomb by Glen McClain — the 18th homer of the season for Tech’s leading slugger.

Tech’s hero from the Game 1, Jake DeFries — whose RBI-single produced the winning run in the 10th in a 3-2 win over Bellevue of Nebraska — went 1 of 4 and added one of Tech’s two runs in the ninth.

Wesleyan received hits from nine players, including multi-hit games from Anthony Williams, Fry, Giles, Christopher, Cruz, Rodriguez and Braden Mosley.

The Bulldogs will play fifth-seeded Georgia Gwinnett at 6 p.m. Monday.

“It kind of takes the monkey off your back a little bit,” Tennessee Wesleyan coach Billy Berry said. “When you get that crooked number in the second or third, it was good for us to get those runs and there and calm the nerves a little bit.”


Indiana Tech

vs. Southeastern

What: NAIA World Series

Where: Harris Field, Lewiston, Idaho

When: 2:30 p.m. Monday

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