Emmanuel Nips Southeastern in Extras, 3-2
May 17, 2012
Fire Falls to 0-3 in NCCAA National Tournament
MASON, Ohio--Southeastern University fell to 0-3 in the NCCAA National Tournament, Thursday morning, as they lost in extra innings to Emmanuel College, 3-2. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, Emmanuel's Sam Buczek singled home Ben Grillo to give the Lions a much needed walk-off victory, and keeping their hopes alive of advancing to the tournament's national semi-finals.
The Lions ruined a nice come from behind effort by the Fire in the top of the seventh inning. With SEU trailing, 2-1, courtesy Josiah Kinchlow scored on a throwing error after he stole third base. Reliever, Sergio Pita, then worked through some trouble in the bottom of the seventh, picking up a huge inning ending double play to force extra innings.
Southeastern jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as Vinny Caesar scored on a RBI single off of the bat of Adam Kemp.
The Lions responded by tying the score in the second inning, Grillo hit a RBI double to centerfield to score teammate Zach Gretch.
Emmanuel (32-26) took their 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the sixth, when Grillo singled home Derek Harp.
Grillo finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Buczek ended with two hits, a walk, and a RBI.
Once again the Southeastern bats were ice cold, managing just four hits, and the offense now has five hits total in their last two national tournament games.
Billy Glessner, Daniel Mims, Adam Kemp, and Caesar all had base knocks for Southeastern.
Fire starting pitcher, Justin Mauldin, threw 5.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits to go with four strikeouts.
Emmanuel's Steven Barnett took a no decision, after tossing six innings while allowing just one earned run.
It was the third meeting between schools this season, as SEU went 2-0 versus the Lions last week in rout to winning the NCCAA South Region Tournament.
Southeastern (31-29) has lost all three games in this year's national tournament by one run, and will close out their season with a game versus #9 Nyack College, Friday afternoon, at 1:45 p.m.