Appleton, Wis - The Cal Lutheran baseball team advanced to the National Championship series starting Monday after defeating North Central (Ill.) 10-8 on Sunday night at the 2017 NCAA Division III Baseball Championships at Fox Cities stadium.
With the win, the No. 3 seed Kingsmen claimed the Pool B championship after going 3-0 against the competition and will square off against the Pool A champion, and No. 5 seed Washington & Jefferson (41-11) in a best-of-three series with the National Championship on the line.
At the plate, CLU racked up 12 hits with two apiece from Gunter, Jauregui, Clark, Fullerton and Giles. Saito led the way with three RBIs while Jauregui and Fullerton added two apiece. Weinstein, Todd, Jauregui and Fullerton also scored two times each.
Cal Lutheran (38-10) will take on the Presidents in game one of the National Championship series tomorrow, May 29 beginning at 1:00 p.m. PT. CLU advances to its third National Championship in school history and first since 1996. The Kingsmen have finished as a runner-up both times.
Game two of the National Championship series is set for Tuesday, May 30 at 9:00 a.m. PT with a third game, if necessary, to follow.