Battling Bishops outlast Stanislaus for title

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James Anderson led N.C Wesleyan to their first NCAA D-III World Series title.
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North Carolina Wesleyan pitcher Mark Silletti held opposing batters at bay through two games in the same day, then teammate Eric Jarman hit a solo home run in the top of the 13th inning in the title game and lifted the Battling Bishops to an 8-7 victory over Cal State Stanislaus at the Division III Baseball Championship in Bristol, Conn.

Jarman, a junior center fielder, hit Robert Sapp's fastball over the 370-foot sign in right-center field to give the Battling Bishops their first Division III baseball title. Jarman went 5-for-7 in the championship contest and hit .515 (17-for-33) for the tournament with three home runs, including two in the final game.

In a game between the two teams earlier the same day, Silletti held Cal State Stanislaus to four hits in a 3-0 victory. He then entered the championship game in the seventh inning with two outs, a 6-5 lead and runners on first and second base. He promptly foiled the Warriors' rally by getting Matt Basgall to fly out to center field. Silletti then pitched the remaining six innings to post his second win of the day.

Story courtesy Robert Moses, Johns Hopkins

1989 All Tournament Team
MVP - James Anderson, North Carolina Wesleyan

Catcher - Doug Flowers, North Carolina Wesleyan
First Base - James Anderson, North Carolina Wesleyan
Second Base - Andy Bernstein, Johns Hopkins
Third Base - Craig Hueter, Cal State Stanislaus
Shortstop - Eric Dube, North Carolina Wesleyan
Outfield - Eric Jarman, North Carolina Wesleyan; Mark Zehring, Johns Hopkins; Bob Prince, Southern Maine
Designated Hitter - MJ Weller, North Carolina Wesleyan
Pitcher - Mark Silleti, North Carolina Wesleyan; Robert Sapp, Cal State Stanislaus