NAIA 2001 BASEBALL WORLD SERIES
Game 3: Bellevue (Neb.) 13, Biola (Calif.) 3
May 25, 2001 at Harris Field
LEWISTON, Idaho – Shortstop Bobby Koba and first baseman Zack Hinckley combined to drive in nine runs as Bellevue, Neb., extended its winning streak to 10 games Friday clubbing Biola, Calif., 13-3 in the third game of the 2001 NAIA Avista Baseball World Series at Harris Field.
The loss dropped Biola (45-12) into a noon loser’s out game Saturday against the loser of tonight’s final game between host Lewis-Clark State College and Mobile, Ala. Bellevue (47-16) earned a second-round bye with its victory and will play either Indiana Tech or the winner of the LCSC-Mobile game Monday at 7 p.m. in the third round.
The Bruins broke the game open scoring seven runs on six hits in the second inning. Hinckley, who had four hits in five at bats, drove in three runs in the inning with a double and Koba, who had three hits in four at bats, cracked a two-run home run. Kam Ochsner and Bodie Simpson also had RBI singles.
Koba finished with five RBI. He also singled for a run in the first, had a sacrifice fly in the third and had a RBI double in the fifth. Hinckley had a RBI triple in the third and had four RBI.
Bellevue outhit Biola 15-4. In addition to Hinckley and Koba, top hitters included Ochsner who had three hits and Simpson who had two. Jonathan Rouwenhorst had two of Biola’s four hits and scored two of the Eagles three runs.
Starter David McWatters pitched the first five innings for the Bruins and allowed just two hits to record his 10th win of the season against four losses. He walked two and struck out four. Chad Ekin, who was charged with six of the seven second-inning runs, did not get an out in the frame and suffered his fourth loss against 12 wins. In one plus inning, he gave up seven hits and seven runs, six of them earned.
In earlier games Friday, Western Oregon edged Warner Southern, Fla., 9-8 and Birmingham-Southern, Ala., defeated Ohio Dominican, 13-2.
Bellevue (Neb.) 173 020 0 -- 13 15 4 Biola (Calif.) 000 102 0 -- 3 4 2
David McWatters, Ryo Sasahara (6) and Tim Fisher, Matt Cumbie (6) Chad Ekin, Shane Ellison (2), Jesse Eikum (4), Joel Schelling (6) and Eric Slater. W – McWatters (10-4). L – Ekin (12-4). HR – Bellevue, Bobby Koba (6). Time – 2:24. Attendance – 540.