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NAIA national tournament, June 1, 2005

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Wednesday, 01 June 2005 08:36
Results from the fifth day of the NAIA national championship tournament in Lewiston, ID:
Lewis-Clark State 4, Cumberland U. 2 (Cumberland U. eliminated)
Kyle Wright pitched a complete game for the Warriors, scattering eight hits, struck out ten.

The Bulldogs got a run in the first inning off an RBI single by Phillip Cuadrado. The Warriors got a run in each of the first three innings on an RBI by Ryan Stevenson, Allen Balmer scoring on a wild pitch, and a home run by D.J. Kooken.

There was no more scoring until the bottom of the seventh, when Charlie MacFarlane hit an RBI single. The turning point of the game came two batters later. Donnie Burkhalter came to bat with two runners on base, and hit a foul ball down the left field line that went way over the fence. He ended up grounding out. (Burkhalter was 0-4 on the day, and struck out three times.)

The Warriors got an insurance run in the top of the eighth on a triple by Joey Dyche. He was batted in with a double by Matt Vogel.

Steve Kline got the loss for the Bulldogs. Charlie MacFarlane was 3-5 for the day. He finished the season with 102 hits, and he has had two consecutive seasons with more than 100 hits. Joey Dyche was 2-4, so he keeps his season average at .500.

Embry-Riddle 12, Oklahoma City 5
Embry-Riddle gets a courageous performance from David Timm to avoid elimination. Timm, pitching on a day’s rest, went six innings, allowed two runs on five hits. Chris Langlois went the rest of the way for the Eagles, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out seven.

The turning point of this game was the top of the sixth. Garry Savas got an RBI single to make the score 4-2. The Stars had the bases loaded with two outs, and Casey Neale at bat. Neale was at bat for a long time, and Timm was obviously tired, but he finally struck out Neale to end the inning with the bases still loaded, and only one run in.

The Eagles answered with six runs in the bottom of the sixth, turning a close game into a blowout. Garrett McLeod and Richard Cormier got RBI singles, then Kenny Holmberg hit a grand slam double. Sean Greear added a sacrifice fly.

McLeod was 3-4, Holmberg was 3-5 with four RBI, and Victor Roldan was 3-5. Preston Simms got the loss for the Stars; Matt Imwalle was 2-4. Attendance: 2,270

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