In game two against Wartburg on Tuesday, Luther freshman John Colucci III, faced 29 batters, two over the minimum, en route to the third no-hitter in three years by a Norse pitcher. Colucci walked two and struck out four in his second collegiate start on the mound.
New York University doubled up SUNY New Paltz in their 4-2 season opening win. The first games of the day actually occurred to the west as Luther took two from Carlton late Wednesday and early Thursday in Minneapolis.
Late Wednesday and into early Thursday morning, Luther earned two wins over previous unbeaten Carleton at U.S. Bank Stadium. Otterbein and Capital continued to find success in Florida as the Cardinals stay unbeaten and the Crusaders move to 6-1.
Call this the "W" regional. Wartburg, Washington U, and Webster are the odds on favorites to take the Central crown. Last year it was another W that advanced out of the Central Regional, Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Once again the number one team in the Midwest Regional is from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. UW-La Crosse will look to defend its title and go back to the World Series with an opening round matchup against the Midwest Conference tournament champions Beloit.
Luther punched its ticket to the NCAA III National Tournament this afternoon in Cedar Rapids, defeating Wartburg 10-4 in the Iowa Conference Tournament championship game played at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Mississippi College's Fortenberry earned the Choctaw's first complete game shutout of the season on a day where Keystone Luther, Mt. St. Vincent, Wesley, and Wheaton (Mass.) all spun shutouts of their own.
Luther College Director of Athletics Joe Thompson has announced that Alex Smith, has been named head baseball coach. Smith replaces Brian Gillogly who resigned after 10 years at the helm of the program