Indiana Tech’s first game Thursday wasn’t a mound gem.
But after 28 total hits and 11 total runs, fourth-seeded Indiana Tech beat fifth-seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene 7-4 in a first-round NAIA national baseball tournament game in Montgomery, Ala.
The Warriors (32-17) didn’t fare so well Thursday night, managing just five hits in a 16-2 pummeling at the hands of top-seeded Faulkner, Ala. (48-10).
Faulkner did most its damage in the second, sixth and eighth innings, when it scored four, three and five runs, respectively.
Tech will play the winner of today’s game between Mount Vernon Nazarene and Georgetown at 7 p.m. in an elimination game.
In Thursday’s first game, the Warriors feasted on four Mount Vernon pitchers for 15 hits, doing the bulk of their damage in the fourth and fifth innings, when they scored five of their runs. Five Warriors had at least two hits, led by designated hitter Ray Calloway, who went 3 for 5.
The Warriors scored two runs in the second on singles by Eric Wald and Jake Owens and a throwing error that scored both. Tech added three more in the fourth on singles by Ignatius Mackenzie and Denniston, and doubles by Calloway and Alex McKinstry.
They wrapped up their scoring with two more in the fifth on a hit batsman, a base on balls, a booted grounder and singles by Owens and Denniston.
MIAA TOURNAMENT: Trine beat Calvin College 4-3 in 11 innings and Hope 3-2 to reach the championship round of the Michigan Indiana Athletic Association tournament.
The Thunder scored two in the eighth to tie it against Calvin, then pushed across the winning run in the top of the 11th.
A three-run fifth and a four-hitter from Edward Tomich carried the day against Hope. Trine plays Adrian at noon today.
MANCHESTER 7, DEFIANCE 6: In a game that featured 28 total hits – 17 for Defiance – Manchester (33-5-1) advanced in the HCAC tournament, thanks primarily to six-run third.
Austin Rieke went 2 for 3 and drove in three runs, and Kyle Norris went 3 for 4 for Manchester.
IPFW 5, SOUTH DAKOTA 2: Miranda Kramer set a Summit League tournament record with 15 strikeouts, and the Mastodons used a four-run fifth to advance in the tournament at Fargo, N.D. The Mastodons play North Dakota State at noon today.
ANDERSON 5, TRINE 1: In Angola, the eighth-seeded Ravens (26-15) beat the top-seeded Thunder in the NCAA Division III regional behind Sami Frazier’s three-hitter. The Thunder (36-4) plays No. 5 seed Mount Union (25-11) in an elimination game at 10 a.m. today.