Lubbock Christian uses six-run seventh to defeat Berry 11-5
Rodriguez and Johnson hit homers to outshine two-homer game from
LEWISTON, Idaho – Armando
Rodriguez and Tyler Johnson both hit home runs and Lubbock Christian
University (Texas) took advance of five Berry College (Ga.) errors
to claim an 11-5 win at the 53rd annual Avista NAIA World
Series at Harris Field on Monday.
Berry held a 4-3 lead in the
contest after four inning, but the Chaps outscored the Vikings 8-1
the rest of the way to claim the win.
The big inning was a six-run
seventh inning that broke a 5-5 tie. LCU (49-7) sent 11 batters to
the plate in the inning and used six hits and two errors for the big
rally. All six runs and five of the six hits came with two outs.
Dominguez started the scoring with an RBI single, while a throwing
error on a grounder brought in two more runs. A dropped fly ball
allowed the fourth run to score, while consecutive infield singles
by Will Stramp and Ross Blondin completed the scoring.
All six runs (one earned) came
off Berry reliever Matthew McCalley (10-1), who had his scoreless
streak of 34.2 consecutive innings come to an end. He had not
allowed a run to score since March 29.
The two teams seemed content to
go toe-to-toe with the long ball early. Lubbock Christian scored
singles runs in the first three innings for 3-0 lead as Stramp
grounded out to score a run in the first, while Johnson had a solo
home run in the second and an RBI single in the third.
Berry (46-15) scored four runs
in the fourth. Jarrett Northcutt started the scoring with a solo
home run, while Tye McCleary hit a three-run blast, this one to
straight away center field for a 4-3 Berry lead.
Stramp tripled and scored on a
ground out by Rob Learned in the fifth to tie the game, and LCU took
the lead in the sixth when Dominguez hit his third home run of the
tournament and 14th on the season.
Berry tied the game in the top
of the seventh when McCleary went deep for the second time in the
game and the eighth time this season. All five Berry runs were
scored on home runs.
Stramp and Dominguez finished
with three hits and two RBI apiece for the Chaps. Johnson added two
hits and two RBI, while Blondin added two hits.
McCleary went 2-for-4 with four
RBI for Berry.