2017 USCAA Baseball Small College World Series Day 1 Recaps

2017 USCAA Baseball Small College World Series Day 1 Recaps

FINAL SCORE: #8 Bluefield State College 10, #9 Central Penn College 4

RECORDS: Bluefield State College (13-32) | Central Penn College (14-15)

LOCATION: East Field Park in Glens Falls, NY

IN BRIEF: After going down 4-1, Bluefield State combined for nine runs between the fifth and sixth inning to defeat Central Penn College 10-4 in the opening round of the USCAA Baseball Small College World Series.

HOW THEY SCORED: In the bottom of the first inning designated hitter Sam Harris flew out to right field bringing home Drew D’Angelo for Bluefield State. Central Penn came out strong in the top of the second with Keith Gregory getting on base and Casiano finding the gap for a base hit advancing Gergory. Casiano stole second base before a blooper to center by Gabe Arellano scored both runners.

The Knights from Central Penn built upon their lead in the 3rd inning on a sac fly by Luis Padilla to bring home Biller III and advance Camden Woodward to second. Gregory singled to the gap but an error on the throw home allowed Woodward to score to make it 4-1.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, with bases loaded, Chase Chambers was hit by a pitch to bring the Big Blues within two. O’Hara hit a grounder to the shortstop but reached on a throwing error and was able to advance to second. Two unearned runs scored on the play to tie the game at 4-4.

In the bottom 6th, Harris doubled to score D’Angelo from second. With Harris and Winston on base, Durham hit the first home-run of the tournament, scoring three.  Bluefield State scored two more runs in the inning to stretch the lead to 10-4, which is how the contest would finish.

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE: Bluefield State’s Addison Meeks put in a full seven innings of work for the Big Blues and struck out four in the process, allowing eight hits. Durham’s homerun tallied three RBIs with Harris, Chambers, and O’Hara each getting two of their own. 

Central Penn College’s Christian Fulp went 5.1 innings allowing four earned runs and struck out six. Arellano and Gregory each had two hits for the Knights. Gregory was 2-3 with a run scored while Arellano was 2-4 with two RBIs. Casiano had a stolen base to bring his season total to 14

NEXT UP: Bluefield State College will face the top seeded University of Cincinnati Clermont this afternoon at approximately 5:30 PM EST (Due to weather delays – game originally scheduled for 4pm). The Central Penn College Knights move to the elimination bracket and will face the loser #4 The Apprentice School and #5 Cleary University at 8:30am EST on Tuesday. 


FINAL SCORE: #10 Marygrove College 9, #7 Penn State Mont Alto 7

RECORDS: Marygrove College (7-37) | Penn State Mont Alto (14-23-1)

LOCATION: East Field Park – Glens Falls, NY

IN BRIEF: After going into the final inning leading 9-1, it appeared that Marygrove College would breeze toward an opening round win against PSUAC Conference Champion Penn State Mont Alto. The Lions provided a thrill in the bottom of the ninth, however, scoring six runs before the first out was recorded.  Still, Marygrove ended the rally quickly by way of a player caught stealing, a strikeout, and a pop-out to first base, winning the game by score of 9-7.

HOW THEY SCORED: In the top of the first, Raleigh Wilson led off the inning with a single.  Antonio Carta was hit by a pitch before senior Juan Ventura hit a two RBI double to score both runners.  With two outs, Ernesto Carrillo singled to drive in Ventura. 

The Mustangs added two runs in the third inning.  Following a walk by Carta, Travis Tarrence hit a two out double to score the first run.  Tarrance later scored on a wild pitch.  They would add another run in the top of the fourth behind a Jacob Rodgers single and Chase Turner double.

Mont Alto would score their first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.  With one out, Lowell Singer singled before reaching second on an errant throw by the pitcher.  Brandt Schwart, who pinch ran for Singer, scored an unearned run on two wild pitches. 

Marygrove scored what seemed like three insurance runs in the top of the seventh behind a walk, hit by pitch, Ventura two-RBI double, and Tarrance ground out that scored Ventura.  However, they would become what were the winning runs after the Lions rallied in the seventh scoring six runs on hits by Colby Black, Matt Taylor, and Jeremiah Younker.   

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE: Marygrove pitcher Daniel Bailey went the first six innings of the game allowing only five hits and no earned runs, walking no batters.  In that timespan, the Lions had only one extra base hit and were just 2-11 with runners on base.  Despite giving up six runs in the seventh, he made it a complete game outing.

Marygrove manufactured runs throughout the day, going 5-17 (.294) with runners on base and 4-13 (.308) with runners in scoring position.  Marygrove proved their worth in the Small College World Series, after a grueling NAIA regular season schedule and slipping into the tournament as the last team in.

NEXT UP: With the win, #10 Marygrove College advances to play #2 College of St. Joseph’s Vermont tonight (Monday) at approximately 8 pm (Due to weather delays this morning – originally scheduled for 6:30pm). #7 Penn State Mont Alto will play the loser of the #3 Wright State Lake and #6 Penn State DuBois at 11am on Tuesday. 



FINAL SCORE: #4 Apprentice School 10, #5 Cleary University 4

RECORDS: Apprentice School (26-16) | Cleary University (19-28-1)

LOCATION: East Field Park in Glens Falls, NY

IN BRIEF: A six run second inning was all the Apprentice School Builders needed to earn their spot in the second round of the USCAA Small College World Series.

HOW THEY SCORED: In the bottom of the first inning Thomas Richardson reached first base on an error by the shortstop. Jacob Countiss stepped up to plate and knocked a double into the gap to bring around Richardson for the opening run of the game. In the second inning the Builders from the Apprentice School added six runs. Steve Hux started the inning with a double and was advanced to third on a Mike Brumfield single. Brumfield stole second to move into scoring positon. Darius Harris singled and moved to second base on an error while Brumfield and Hux came across to score. With one away, Richardson singled and advanced Harris to third. Countiss found the gap and for a double to score Harris and advance Richardson to third. Both players were brought around to score in a Robbie Watkins single. Second team All-American, Cody Hendrickson doubled to bring Watkins home and make the score 7-0 through the second.

The Cleary Cougars got two runs back on the Builders in the top of the third on two hits and an error. To start the inning, Briton Ott singled then advanced to second on an error by the pitcher. William Lovell was hit by a pitch and took his base to put two men on for the Cougars. Second Team All-American, Nick Hoogerhyd, brought Ott home from third with his double and Lovell scored on John Grable’s ground out for the second out of the inning. Cleary cut the lead to 7-3 in the top of the 4th with a John Malbone solo homerun to left field.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Apprentice School’s Countiss singled to get on base and was advanced to third on a Watkins single. Brent Byrum entered the game as a pinch runner for Watkins. Nick Morrisset knocked one out of the park to bring everyone home for three RBIs. The Apprentice pitcher Brumfield doubled to score Hux who also doubled and brought the lead to 12-3, which is how the game would finish.

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE: Brumfield went the distance for the Builders allowing three earned runs on five hits. He struck out six batters in the process.  Morrisset had a game-high three RBIs with Countiss, Watkins, Hendricks, and Harris each adding two RBIs. Apprentice had 17 hits with eight players having a multi-hit game.

The Cleary starter, Badih Jawad, went four innings, surrendered five earned runs on eight hits and struck-out two. John Malbone was 1-3 at the plate with his solo shot in the top of the fourth. Nick Hoogerhyde and Mickey Montpas each had a double for the Cougars.

NEXT UP: The Apprentice School continues in the winner’s bracket to play the University of Cincinnati Clermont tomorrow at 11:00 AM at East Field Park. Cleary moves to the elimination bracket to face Central Penn College at 8:30 AM, in a must-win for both teams. 




FINAL SCORE: #1 UC Clermont 9, #8 Bluefield State College 1

RECORDS: UC Clermont (26-15) | Bluefield State College (13-33)

LOCATION: East Field Park in Glens Falls, NY 

IN BRIEF: The top seeded University of Cincinnati Clermont defeated the eighth seeded Bluefield State College 9-1. 

HOW THEY SCORED:  UC Clermont opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first with three runs on three hits.  After a Jonathan Deifel lead off double, Kori Embs singled and Nick King walked to load the bases.  Bluefield got their second out of the inning on a Chase Louk pop-up to second, but Isaac Stidham came through big for the Cougars, doubling to clear the bases. 

UC Clermont added a run in the bottom of the second inning as Embs added his second single of the day to drive in Nathan Gambill who reached on an error.  The Big Blues of Bluefield State answered in the top of the third with a Justin Bowler lead-off double.  After two consecutive outs, Peyton Durham singled to drive in Bowler, taking the score to 4-1. 

UC Clermont added two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on the backs of Jake Murray (single), Nick King (RBI double), and a sac fly from Louk to score King.  They padded their lead in the sixth, scoring three runs on singles and strong baserunning from Gambill, Murray, and King.

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE: Nick King of UC Clermont was 3-3 at the plate with three RBIs and two steals on the night. Issac Stidham was 1-3 at the plate but his double cleared the bases for three runs. Jake Allen went six innings allowing five hits and just one earned run on his 27 batters faced. Clermont was 5-11 (.455) with two outs away in the inning and started the inning with a hit in four of their six innings at bat.

Bluefield State College’s Peyton Durham was 1-2 at the plate with an RBI. Pitcher Tanner Muovich went five innings allowing five earned runs and eight hits. The Big Blues left eight men on base in the game.

NEXT UP: UC Clermont moves on to the quarter-finals of the USCAA Small College World Series and will play the 2015 national champion, the Apprentice School at 11:00 A.M. EST. Bluefield State moves to the elimination bracket and play the winner of the Central Penn and Cleary match up at 6:30 P.M., Tuesday May 16th.




FINAL SCORE: #3 Wright State – Lake Campus 5, #6 Penn State DuBois 17 

RECORDS: Wright State University – Lake Campus (25-16) | Penn State DuBois (21-12)

LOCATION: East Field Park in Glens Falls, NY 

IN BRIEF:  A seven run third inning helped elevate Penn State DuBois above third ranked Wright State Lake.  The Lions defeated the Lakers 17-5.  

HOW THEY SCORED: Garrett Brown of Penn State DuBois led off the game with a single and made it to second on a stolen base.  Brown would score without another hit in the inning, coming all the way from second to home on a wild pitch that escaped toward the home team’s dugout. 

Wright State Lake answered quickly in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on four hits.  Tyler Venters opened the inning with a single.  Dustin Lewis reached on an error, before a Connor Burr single loaded the bases with no outs.  Tristan Becker grounded out to shortstop to drive in the first run of the inning.  Quintin Cantelli drove in the other two runs with a two-RBI single. 

Penn State DuBois decreased the lead to 3-2 in the second inning off of three singles by Jakob Felix, Dan Bowman, and Colton Treaster.  After a scoreless bottom of the second by Wright State, DuBois would break the game open in the third, scoring seven runs on four hits and five errors.  Lance Pennington led off the third with a double and Talon Falls reached base on error.  USCAA All American Brandon Gettig drove in both runners on a two-RBI double.  Clayton Butler reached base on error, before Felix doubled to score two more for the Lions.  Bowman reached on error in the next at bat, before Caleb Bennett grounded out for a fielder’s choice RBI.  Brown would get his first RBI on a fielder’s choice error and Pennington would add a single RBI to stretch the lead to 9-3.    

DuBois added another run in the top of the fourth inning.  With one out, Felix doubled down the line to left field.  After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Felix scored off a softly hit single to left by Bennett for his second RBI of the game. 

With two outs in the top of the fifth, Penn State DuBois put the nail in the coffin, scoring three runs behind a Falls’ single, a Gettig walk, and a Butler two-RBI single.  Butler would later score on an errant pickoff move.  

Down 13-3, Wright State Lake avoided the ten run rule in the bottom half of the fifth.  Ronaldo Acosta led off with a single and advanced to second on an errant throw.  Becker scored him in the next at bat of the inning on a single to center.  With two outs, Dakota Shatto-Craft walked, advancing Becker to second.  Becker would score the Lakers second run of the inning on an Isaac Fitzgerald double.  

DuBois again extended the lead to 10 in the top of the sixth inning.  Walsh led off with a walk, before advancing to second on a groundout by Treaster.  Walsh later scored following two wild pitches.  Leadoff hitter Brown then singled, stole second, advanced to third following a Pennington single, and scored by stealing home on a dropped third strike play to first.  Pennington added an insurance run on a throw down to second following a Gettig walk. 

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE: Lance Pennington was 3-5 at the plate with a RBI. Jacob Felix was 3-4 with two RBIs. Clayton Butler was 2-5 during the game and brought home 3 RBIs on the night, a game-high. Gettig, Fleix, and Bennet each had two RBIs for DuBois. Dimink Kriner went five innings on the mound allowing eight hits, four earned runs, five walks, and four strikeouts. Logan Johnson came in for the save in the bottom of the sixth to close out the game on the 10-run rule. 

Wright State had an off night on defense with eight errors. At the plate, each of the Lakers eight hits came from different players. Becker and Cantelli led the team with two RBI each while Fitzgerald had the fifth RBI for the Lakers.  

NEXT UP: Penn State DuBois moves to the quarter-finals of the winner’s bracket to play defending National Champion College of St. Joseph’s Vermont at 4:00pm on Tuesday.  Wright State Lake will face off against Penn State University Athletic Conference Champions Penn State Mont Alto at 1:30pm on Tuesday.