MAY, 28 — No. 2 Faulkner (Ala.) vs. No. 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), with the winner facing St. Thomas (Fla.) for the 2015 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series title.
No. 9 St. Thomas (Fla.) pulled off a shocking victory over No. 2 Faulkner (Ala.) Wednesday night to secure a place in its first-ever championship final at the 2015 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series.
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Faulkner University (AL) vs. Lewis-Clark State (ID) (NAIA Baseball World Series)
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Trailing 3-0 heading into the 9th and 10th innings, the Bobcats rallied to score six runs in the final two innings and bagged a thrilling 6-3 victory.
****Wednesday night’s victory sees them setting up a World Series decider with the winner of the clash between hosts No. 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and Faulkner in the double-elimination tournament.****
After a scoreless first three innings, the Eagles got going and picked up a run in each of the next three innings to start the seventh inning leading 3-0.
However, St. Thomas (Fla.) came alive in the ninth-inning to score three runs behind an impressive effort from pinch hitter Adam Duarte, who setup back-to-back single scoring chances for Jerry Downs and Eric Santamaria to cut the deficit to 3-2.
David Quintero, who had entered as a pinch runner for catcher Steven Fischer, then took advantage of an error by Faulkner’s third baseman to tie the game at 3-3 entering the 10th.
Duarte came up big again for the Bobcats in the 10th-inning after the outfielder setup David Quintero to give his team a 4-3.
Moments later Brandon Canizares hit a single up the middle for Downs and Andrew Denis to score — giving St. Thomas (Fla.) a 6-3 lead, which turned out to be the final score.
Meanwhile, in the first game of the night, right-hand pitcher Ty Jackson inspired No. 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (44-12) to a 2-0 win over No. 6 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (41-19).
The hosts, who had five hits throughout the entire contest, got its runs in the sixth and eight innings through Jackson and Zach Holley.
“He (Jackson) did exactly what we needed him to do,” Lewis-Clark State head coach Jeremiah Robbins said on the NAIA website.
“Ty is our lead bull on the mound and he competed today. We’re proud of him.”
Robbins added: “When he locks in, he’ll put a charge in that baseball. And he locked in that last at-bat of his.
“What an effort by him on the mound and at the plate. He helped his own cause.”
Faulkner (Ala.) vs. No. 4 Lewis-Clark State
When the first pitch goes off at Harris Field on Thursday night, the Warriors will try to advanced to play for its 17th national championship.