hangs on to defeat Campbellsville 6-5
Grooms drives in four runs as Hornets eliminate Tigers from Series
LEWISTON, Idaho –
Junior center-fielder Josh Grooms went 3-for-3 with four RBI,
including a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning, to help
Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.) hold off Campbellsville (Ky.) 6-5
in loser-out play of the 53rd annual Avista NAIA World
Series at Harris Field on Saturday.
Grooms’ solo home
run to center field put the Hornets up 6-4, but Campbellsville
rallied with a run in the bottom of the ninth and had the game-tying
run on third when Southern Poly second baseman Scott Haddock made a
great play on a grounder and his throw beat Nick Bertolucci to first
in a bang-bang play to end the game.
The first of four
contests on Saturday featured 27 hits, five errors and 23 runners
left on base.
scored in the top of the first to end Bryan Fuller’s streak of 21
consecutive scoreless innings. Jake Barrow and Jono Waugh opened the
game with consecutive singles. After a sacrifice bunt moved up the
runners, Daniel Hester grounded out to short to score Barrow.
countered with two runs in the bottom of the second on an RBI ground
out by Zach Townsend and an RBI single from Bertolucci.
regained a 3-2 edge in the top of the fifth on a two-run double by
Grooms, but the Tigers tied the contest in the bottom of the inning
on an RBI single by Chris Curley.
a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth when an error brought across a
run, but Grooms tied the game in the top of the seventh on a
sacrifice fly RBI. Hester also had a sacrifice fly RBI in the inning
to put Southern Poly ahead 5-4.
Grooms made it 6-4
in the top of the ninth with his seventh home run of the season, but
Campbellsville made it interesting in the bottom of the inning.
Jimmy Voelker started the rally with a single and Alex Ponich
followed with a double. A sacrifice fly by Townsend scored a run and
moved Ponich to third with one out. Hornet reliever Hunter Dinsmore
got Colin Bryan to strikeout and then Bertolucci to ground out to
end the game.
Barrow had three
hits and scored three times for the Hornets (52-9), who advance to
play on Monday at 8:30 a.m. against the loser of the Oklahoma
City/Lewis-Clark State game later on Saturday.
Bryan had four
hits, while Ponich added three for Campbellsville (40-12), which was
making its first Series appearance. Townsend added two RBI.