MILLINGTON, Tenn. - The top seeds, DePauw University and Trinity University, advanced to the 2010 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball championship game Sunday afternoon at USA Stadium. Trinity, 3-0 in the tournament, needs just one win while DePauw must win two games for the championship.
Game Seven Recap:
Trinity University advanced to its third consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship game, with an 8-0 win over the DePauw University Tigers Saturday afternoon at USA Stadium. Box Score
Trinity, (31-7) will make its 15th appearance in 19 season in the SCAC championship. The Tigers of Trinity received a solid outing from starter Ben Klimesh. Klimesh threw a complete game shutout while scattering seven hits and striking out 11 DePauw Tigers. He faced just seven batters over the minimum during his nine innings.
The Texas Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after four innings and then tacked on three in the sixth and two in the eight for the win. Trinity was once again led by SCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year Evan Jones.
Jones continued his torrid hitting pace as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. He upped his tournament average to an astounding .818 (9-for-11) with six RBI, three doubles and one homerun. Through three tournament games, Jones has posted a 1.364 slugging percentage to go along with an .800 on base percentage.
DePauw struggled against Klimesh. The Indiana Tigers were able to seriously threaten the Texas Tigers twice. Both instances came late in the game. DePauw had runners on first and third with two outs only to see the rally end. Their best chance came in the bottom of the ninth. DePauw was able to load the bases with two outs. However, Klimesh buckled down and got Drew Holy to strike out to end the game.
Mike Peterson, DePauw's starter, took the loss to drop to 1-8 on the year. He pitched 5.1 innings, yielding six earned runs, nine hits and struck out three. Taylor Hoffman, Jon Newman and Alex Wright posted multi-hit games for DePauw.
Game Eight Recap:
Tournament host Rhodes College used a five run fifth inning to break open a tight 1-1 pitcher's duel enroute to an 11-1 seven inning victory over Millsaps College and continued its quest for a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. Box Score
Rhodes did its damage thanks to Chris Conkell three run double down the left field line. Conkell's double was part of a four hit, five run inning that effectively did in the Millsaps Majors in an elimination game from USA Stadium.
Conkell finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and his three run double. Other Lynx that contributed to the offensive outburst were Travis Perkins (3-for-4, one RBI), Brooks Royer (1-for-3, three RBI, one run) and Brandon Valentine (1-for-3, two runs).
Rhodes was paced by freshman starting pitcher Jackson Baker. Baker pitched a complete game in the win. He allowed just one earned run, scattered three hits and struck out four to earn the win and improve to 4-2 in 2010. With the win, the Lynx (26-15) earned the right to play DePauw (23-16) in the night cap of day three of the SCAC tournament.
Game Nine Recap:
For the first time since it won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball title in 2001, DePauw is in the championship game after eliminating Rhodes by a 5-3 score early this morning at USA Stadium. Box Score
DePauw scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to break a 2-2 tie and Andy Manson (pictured) pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts as the Tigers lifted their overall record to 24-16. The Lynx dropped to 26-16 with the loss.
Ben Gardner led off the DePauw first with a walk and moved to third on Taylor Hoffman's single. Gardner scored when Rob McPike hit into a double play. The Tigers made it 2-0 in the second when Jon Newman led off with a triple and scored on Drew Holy's sacrifice fly.
The Lynx knotted the contest at 2-2 in the fourth as Travis Perkins reached on a walk before Brett Lindsey reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a DePauw error. Perkins scored on Chris Conkell's single before Lindsey was picked off. Lynden Pindling followed with a single that scored Conkell and evened the score at 2-2.
Jason Cohen doubled with one out in the DePauw half of the fourth and moved to third on Newman's single. Cohen scored on Alex Wright's sacrifice fly. Holy singled Newman to third and stole second. After Sam Linette walked to load the bases, Alex Jacques delivered a two-run double which gave DePauw a 5-2 lead.
Rhodes added one more in the fifth as Brooks Royer singled and moved to second on Brandon Valentine's grounder. Royer advanced to third on an error and scored on Perkins' single.
Newman and Jacques each had two of DePauw's seven hits, while Perkins collected two of Rhodes' seven. Manson improved to 3-0 with the win and his 13 strikeouts were a career high. Andy Meier dropped to 0-1 with the defeat.