Indiana Tech baseball scored a huge victory in the NAIA national tournament, defeating top-seeded Cumberlands 10-5 in opening-round play Tuesday behind a three-hit game from Olden Reese and three home runs at Doyle Buhl Stadium in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
The Warriors (40-14-1) are one win away from their first trip to the NAIA World Series since 2003. They have to win just one of the next two games to get there and play at 4 p.m. today.
Tech jumped out to a 5-0 lead through the Warriors' half of the sixth inning as Charles Dunavan provided a solid start, going 51/3 innings, striking out eight and giving up three runs.
Glen McClain hit a two-run homer in the eighth, the team-leading 17th of the season for the WHAC Player of the Year and was joined by home runs from Branson Dossen and Javier Castaneda.
The Warriors pounded out 17 hits, including two from McClain, a homer and a double, and three singles from Olden.
Huntington lost an elimination game against Middle Georgia State 11-2 in Macon, Georgia. The defeat ends the Foresters' season at 26-16.
Huntington could only push across a run each in the sixth, on an Adam Roser sacrifice fly, and in the eighth, on another sac fly from Andrew Natividad. Ian McCutcheon scored both runs.
Roser had two hits for the Foresters, as did Satchell Wilson, but Jason Gifford worked a complete game five-hitter and struck out 11 for the Knights.
– Journal Gazette