ABILENE, Texas – Mike Vass drove in five runs and Kurt Yacko shut the door
in relief for the third straight day as Chapman won a slugfest with Trinity
Friday at Walt Driggers Field. The win puts Chapman in position to play for
the NCAA Division III West Region Baseball title Saturday, which would be
the program¹s fourth straight.
Vass knocked in a 3-run home run in the third, which was part of a 5-run
inning for the Panthers. The Tigers 3-1 before Chapman took a 6-3 lead,
however, Trinity struck back with four runs in the bottom of third
highlighted by Dylan Early¹s fourth homer of the tournament, a 3-run shot
off Jordan Sigman and the Tigers re-gained the lead 7-6.
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ABILENE, Texas – All-American Kurt Yacko and Patrick O¹Hail helped the No.
1-ranked Chapman Panthers end McMurry¹s season and a run for a West Region
title. Yacko struck out six and didn¹t allow a hit in the final 3.2 innings
in relief and O¹Hail hit a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th
inning to give the Panthers a 5-3 win Thursday at Walt Driggers Field.
McMurry led 3-0 to open the game in the top of the second inning. Then,
Chapman scored a run in the second, third and sixth innings to knot the
score at three. However, no run crossed the plate until the bottom of the
12th with two outs when Jake Hurst and O¹Hail scored on O¹Hail¹s opposite
field homer to end the game.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
ABILENE, Texas – California State-East Bay took advantage of McMurry early and jumped out to an early 11-0 lead before holding on for a 14-7 win at Walt Driggers Field Wednesday night. Mark Marelich hit a third inning grand slam, Jesus Muela had five hits and three RBI and Matt Veira moved to 10-2 on the mound as CSUEB rolled to a win in the first day of the NCAA Division III West Region Baseball Championships.
The Pioneers jumped on McMurry starter Cody Curry and touched the junior starter up for seven runs (five earned). Curry left in the third with the bases loaded and on reliever Arnold Toombs’ first pitch, Marelich hit a towering homer to left field to clear the bases.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
McMurry University, the pre-determined site for the 2008 NCAA Division III
West Region Baseball Championships, was awarded a six-team tournament field
late Sunday night. The tournament will feature the No. 1 team in the nation
in Chapman University along with California State University-East Bay,
George Fox University, La Verne University, the hosts McMurry University,
and Trinity University.
All six teams are representatives of the west region, but a seventh west
region team, Linfield (Ore.), was shipped to the Central Region Tournament
site in Rock Island, Ill. The double elimination tournament begins Wednesday