TYLER, Texas – In a battle between the two remaining undefeated teams, the No. 2 seed Cal Lutheran baseball team held off a fierce rally from No. 6 seed Rhodes (Tenn.) to defeat the Lynx 10-8 on Saturday afternoon and advance to the championship game of the 2017 NCAA Division III West Regional.
The Kingsmen continued to impress on the offensive end and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Max Weinstein was the catalyst once again and drove a double to the right field fence to begin the game. Sinjin Todd followed with a single to left and Gabe Gunter drove in Weinstein to put CLU on the board. Carrying over from a strong performance last night, Weston Clark came through with yet another RBI double to bring home Todd and a successful squeeze bunt from Brad Fullerton scored Gunter from third to cap off the scoring in the frame.
The Lynx, however, would not go away quietly and slowly chipped away at the nine-run CLU lead. With one run in the fifth, two in the sixth on a homerun of their own, and a four-run seventh inning, Rhodes cut the Kingsmen lead to two, 10-8.
CLU countered with closer and SCIAC Newcoer of the Year Miguel Salud who shut down the Lynx in the final 2.1 innings, allowing no runs while striking out three and giving up just one hit to notch his 10th save of the year.
Cal Lutheran (34-10) will await the winner of game nine between Rhodes and the winner of game eight, currently being played between Centenary (La.) and Concordia (Texas). The game time is set for 10:00 a.m. PST tomorrow, May 21, with a second game, if necessary, set for 2:00 p.m. The winner of the regional championship will advance to the NCAA Division III College World Series held in Appleton, Wisc. from May 26-31 at Fox Cities Stadium.