Appleton, Wis. – The Cal Lutheran baseball team cruised to a 14-5 win on Saturday night and over North Central (Ill.) as the College World Series field was trimmed to six at the 2017 NCAA Division III Baseball Championships at Fox Cities Stadium.
With the win, the Kingsmen advance to the Pool B final Sunday night, and sit just one win away from reaching the championship best-of-three series.
After a scoreless first, CLU brought home a run in the second courtesy of a Cheynne Giles triple to drive in Weston Clark, who walked earlier in the inning. CLU carried the momentum into the third frame by scoring four runs to jump out to an early 5-0 lead.
Up 7-1 entering the bottom half of the inning, North Central did its best to make a run, collecting five hits and three runs to bring the score to 7-4.
After two scoreless innings to follow, the Kingsmen broke through for four runs in the seventh, highlighted by an RBI double from Gunter and a two-RBI single up the middle by Fullerton.
Wehner (9-3) earned the win after starting strong and finishing with eight hits allowed, five runs and seven strikeouts through 7.1 innings. Miguel Salud shut down the Cardinals in the final 1.2 innings with three strikeouts to secure the win.
Cal Lutheran (37-10) advances to the Pool B final and will await the winner of North Central and UMass-Boston, who play in an elimination game earlier in the day. If CLU wins tomorrow night they advance to the championship final against the winner of Pool A in a best-of-three series.