The Chapman baseball team advanced to the if-necessary game of the winner's bracket in the NCAA Division III Baseball World Series Sunday at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
With the pair of wins on Sunday, Chapman (41-12) will face UMass-Boston (37-13) at 10 a.m. PDT on Monday, June 3. The winner will advance to the best-of-three game national championship series.
After falling to UMass-Boston, 10-6 on Saturday in the winner's bracket contest, Chapman responded with an 8-4 win over Washington & Jefferson on Sunday morning, setting up a meeting with the Beacons at 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon.
Chapman took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first before Washington & Jefferson went ahead, 3-1 in the bottom of the second. The Panthers used an RBI single to right by Brad Shimabuku in the top of the third, before a two-run double by Alex Tsuruda in the top of the fourth gave Chapman a 4-3 edge. After Washington & Jefferson tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth, Chapman scored twice in the sixth on RBI singles by Aaron Wong and Shimabuku, and then wrapped up the game with an RBI base hit off the bat of Henry Zeisler in the top of the ninth to highlight the two-run frame as the Panthers held on for an 8-4 victory.
Cody Turner allowed no runs and just one hit in four innings of relief while striking out three en route to the victory. Nick Garcia pitched the final two innings and secured his 11th save of the season.
In Chapman's win over UMass-Boston, the Panthers used a four-run 10th inning to force a second game with the Beacons tomorrow.
After UMass-Boston came back from three runs down to tie the game at 4-4 after six innings, the sides played three scoreless frames to send the game to extras. In the top half of the 10th stanza, Drew Littwin earnes a bases-loaded walk to give Chapman a 5-4 lead. Wong then broke the game open with a two-run single and error that allowed three runs to score as the Panthers held an 8-4 cushion.
Garcia, who entered in the eighth inning, retired the side in order to seal the victory for Chapman. Garcia struck out three batters and did not surrender a run or a hit in three innings of relief work en route to his ninth win of the season (9-0).