Regional day three: moving day

Michael Walker pitched the Trinity Tigers into the championship round of the Spokane Regional. They are one win from a repeat appearance in the D-III World Series.
Trinity (Texas) athletics file photo

Spots in the championship round will be filled today as another full day of baseball awaits. The winner bracket will give us one and the rest of the remaining field will have to fight it out for the second invite.

It will not be a full day's schedule in the South as rain has washed out all games in the Mount Berry Regional.

Top-seeded Trinity (Texas) rolled into the championship round of the Spokane Regional with a dominating 14-2 win over Texas-Tyler. Michael Walker gave Trinity its third straight dominating starting pitching performance.  He improved to 9-0 with eight strong innings.  He allowed two runs on nine hits with six strikeouts. The top four batters in the Tigers' lineup finished the game 11-21 at the plate.  Conner Moore went 3-5 with two RBIs and two runs, while Colin Serkowski drove in four runs with a triple and a double.  Jeremy Wolfe went 3-5 with three RBIs and Drew Butler finished 3-6 with two RBIs. Keystone also moved into the championship round, but on the opposite coast. The Giants are now one win of a trip to the D-III World Series, with an 11-3 victory over Tufts. The Giants extended their winning streak to nine games including a perfect 6-0 record in postseason contests.

St. John Fisher is on the precipice of their first ever trip to the final round of eight. In a matchup between the only two undefeated teams in the Moosic Regional, second-seeded St. John Fisher rallied for a 6-5 win over UMass-Boston.

Penn State Berk's Alex Doyle pinch hit in the tenth inning of a 2-2 games with Salisbury and stuckout to end a score threat. His next at-bat would be a different story as hit ball cleared the rightfield fence in the 12th inning, sending Berks to a 5-2 win over the Salisbury Sea Gulls. The vaulted Salisbury offense was stymied all regional long, scoring just eight runs in three games instead of the double digit per game number they did during the season. Salem State also needed 12 innings to advance with a 3-2 win over Mitchell. The Vikings took advantage of their opportunities, scoring their first run on an error fielding a sacrifice bunt and two more via the sacrifice fly.

The College of New Jersey, St, John's (Minn.), and Cortland all took advantage of the depleted pitching staffs, all scoring eight or more runs and winning by an average margin of eight runs. Cortland with a 13-4 win over Ramapo is the first team to enter the championship round as the last remaining undefeated team in the Auburn Regional. St John's and TCNJ will have another elimination game in their regionals against a team to be determined.

Rick Spiers led Randolph-Macon to their ninth win in a row and are one win from an appearancce in the D-III World Series.
Randolph-Macon athletics file photo

Sophomore Rick Spiers went 4-for-6 with a homer, three runs and three RBI as second-seeded Randolph-Macon defeated top-seeded La Roche 19-6 in the finals of the winners' bracket of the Washington Regional. The Yellow Jackets will wait to see the results of the elimination round for their opponent in the championship round.

Rose-Hulman faced a UW-Whitewater team that had been piling up the runs in their first two days. Rose-Hulman starter Andrew Stull had the answer, holding the Warhawks to five hits in a 8-0 win for the Fightin' Engineers. Offensively, Rose-Hulman pounded out 16 hits against three Whitewater pitchers. Caleb Kissel led the onslaught with four singles, scored one run and had one RBI. Rose-Hulman move into the championship round where they await the winner of the elimination bracket and will need to be defeated twice on Saturday to be blocked from a trip to the D-III World Series.

UW-La Crosse set a program record for wins as they continued to roll through the La Crosse Regional. With another double digit offensive showing, the Eagles have outscored their opponents 39-5 in advancing to the Cahmpionship round. Their latest victim was Concordia Chicago whom they defeated 12-3.

Kean and Wooster stayed alive with their bats. Both teams allowed their opponents double digit hits, but kept pace. Wooster eliminated Widener 16-9 and Kean did the same to Haverford 11-5. Kean started the bottom of the first inning trailing 1-0 and responded quickly, plated five runs with four hits, a walk and the benefit of an error. With this lead, the Cougars responded with runs of their own everytime the Fords cut into the score.