LEWISTON, Idaho, Sporting Alert – The 2016 Avista-NAIA World Series now shifts to the last four and live streaming online coverage will be available on ESPN3 and WathcESPN on Wednesday.
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Following the final set of last eight and elimination games on Tuesday, No. 1 Faulkner (Ala.) (51-14), No. 2 Tennessee Wesleyan (50-14), defending champion and No. 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (51-7), as well as No. 3 Bellevue (Neb.) (53-11) – have all booked their places in the last four at Harris Field.
Opening the fixtures on Wednesday evening is the battle between the exciting and top-seeded Faulkner (Ala.) against Tennessee Wesleyan.
The Eagles, who are into the round of the last four for the second-straight season and third time in the last four years, earned their spot with a smashing 13-6 win over No. 7 Sterling (Kan.) in Tuesday afternoon’s elimination round battle.
Faulkner offense exploded to end the contest with 14 hits at Harris Field, with T.J. Condon leading the way for the Eagles with three runs scored and three RBI, while finishing with 3-of-4 attempts.
“I thought our team really settled into things today and had fun out there,” said Faulkner head coach Patrick McCarthy.
“We got off to a good start and never let up. I could sense our confidence growing throughout the game.”
Their opponent, Tennessee Wesleyan, will seek to bounce back from its first defeat in the World Series after losing 11-7 to Lewis-Clark State on Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs finished with a total of 13 hits, but none were big enough to keep up with the pace of the Warriors in the defeat, despite taking a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third with a pair of runs.
Live streaming coverage of this Avista-NAIA World Series Game 16 – will be on ESPN3 at 6:05 p.m. ET.
The second game of the round of four pits a buzzing defending champion Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) against a battling Bellevue (Neb.) at 9:35 p.m. ET.
The Warriors, with the win over Tennessee Wesleyan on Tuesday night, remain the only undefeated team left in what started out as a 10-team double-elimination tournament.
Lewis-Clark State, which struggled to hit the ball during the opening round of the Avista-NAIA World Series, match that 10 hits on Tuesday alone and exploded to score six runs in the seventh.
“That was definitely good to see,” winning coach Jeremiah Robbins said on NAIA website. “We got some hits when we needed them tonight.”
The defending champs and tournament hosts only had a total of 10 hits in its first two games of the series, but the players weren’t too bothered about the early situation.
At the same time, third-seeded Bellevue (Neb.) secured its place in the round of last four with a 4-1 win over No. 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) to improve to 53-11 overall this term.
The Bruins were led by senior right-handed pitcher Braulio Torrez-Perez, who finished with an impressive complete game five-hitter for just one run in the nervous elimination matchup.
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