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NCAA Division III Baseball West Regional Day 2

Senior Tommy Rozell allowed just one hit over the final 3.2 innings of Friday's 5-3 win over Hendrix at the NCAA West Regional in McMinville, Ore. The Patriots will play again tomorrow at 3:30 PDT.

Senior Tommy Rozell allowed just one hit over the final 3.2 innings of Friday's 5-3 win over Hendrix at the NCAA West Regional in McMinville, Ore. The Patriots will play again tomorrow at 3:30 PDT.


Texas-Tyler 5, Hendrix 3

MCMINVILLE, Ore. – The University of Texas at Tyler baseball team scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to come from behind and eliminate Hendrix, 5-3, on Friday at the 2009 NCAA West Baseball Regional at Jim Wright Stadium in McMinville.

Hendrix (22-23) was first on the board in the game with an RBI groundout from Danny Ward to give the Warriors an early 1-0 lead.

The score remained at 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth when Hendrix’s Jeff Forgerson sent a ball over the right field to extend the Warriors’ lead to 3-0.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Patriots (39-11) finally got going offensively by scoring five runs off of five hits and one Hendrix error in the frame.

The Patriots scored their first two runs of the game off a double to left center from senior Paige Hodges (Crowley, La.) that brought home seniors Kendall Fox (Carrollton, Texas) and Chad Daleiden (Cave Creek, Ariz.).

One batter later, senior Joe Town (Carrollton, Texas) hit another double for the Patriots, this time down the left field, line that scored Hodges and senior Jeremy Harding (Houston, Texas).

Junior Nathan Skeen (White Oak, Texas) closed out the UT Tyler scoring by hitting an RBI single that brought around freshman Aaron McCain, who was pinch running for Towns.

Senior Tommy Rozell (Chandler, Texas) pitched the final 3.2 innings of the contest and completely shutdown the Warriors offense by allowing no runs off of one hit with two strikeouts. The win improves Rozell’s record to 6-2 on the season.

The Patriots now advance to take on George Fox on Saturday at 3:30 PDT in another elimination game at Jim Wright Stadium.

GAME 5:George Fox 12, Pomona-Pitzer 6

Matt Wyckoff went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, Pat Bailey slugged a grand slam, and Chad Jones set a new George Fox University single-season record with his seventh save as the 16th-ranked Bruins upset the top-ranked Pomona-Pitzer Colleges Sagehens 12-6 in the NCAA Division III Baseball West Regional Friday afternoon here at Linfield College’s Roy Helser Field/Jim Wright Stadium.

George Fox struck first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 3rd on Matt Wyckoff’s two-run triple, but Pomona tied it in the 4th on an run-scoring single by Drew Hedman, the national leader in runs batted in, and a ground out.

George Fox starter Nick Bratney (6-3) escaped a gargantuan jam in the 5th by retiring Hedman on a two-out grounder with the bases loaded. The Bruin offense took advantage of the break to take the lead for good in the bottom of the inning as Wyckoff sent a ringing double off the fence in deep center to score Eric Gantenbein and Kyle Kuenzi.

The Bruins upped the lead to 6-2 in the 6th on a solo home run by Jason Brown and an RBI triple by Kuenzi, but the Sagehens chipped away with a two-run homer in the 7th by Brandon Huerta. Bratney then walked James Kang, but Jones came on and induced Hedman to hit into a 4-6-3 double play.

The Bruins added an insurance run in the last of the 7th as Bo Thunell walked and came around on singles by Dan Winterstein and Seth Anderson. That run loomed large when Mike Silva took Jones deep to center with a man on in the 8th, cutting the George Fox lead to 7-6. The Bruins finally put some distance between themselves and the Sagehens with five more runs in the last of the 8th, however. Thunell singled with the bases loaded for the first run, and Bailey unloaded them with his 10th home run of the season.

Jones worked a 1-2-3 9th to set the Bruins’ saves record. James Brunswick (5-1) suffered his first setback for the Sagehens.

GAME 6:Chapman 7 Cal Lutheran 6

Tyler Hadzinsky’s RBI single to left field in the seventh inning provided the difference as Chapman edged Cal Lutheran late Friday night at West Regional at Linfield’s Roy Helser Field.

Cal Lutheran led the nip-and-tuck game 4-2 after four innings only to watch Chapman counter with two runs in both the fifth and sixth frames to take a 6-5 lead. The Kingsmen tied the game once more on Nick Reitz’s RBI single in the top of the seventh.

John Semel went 2 for 3 and drove in three runs. Handzinsky finished 3 for 3. Semel, who came on in relief of Panthers starter Jordan Sigman, earned the win on the mound, getting the final three outs on strikeouts.

David Iden went 3 for 4 and drove in a pair of runs to pace Cal Lutheran.

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