Release courtesy of Concordia Chicago athletics communications
RIVER FOREST, Ill. --- All the Concordia University Chicago baseball team needed was to post was one crooked number. In the end, they got a very crooked one - a 5-spot in the third inning - but made it hold up in a 5-3 win over Baldwin Wallace University in a winner-take-all championship game at the River Forest Regional of the 2019 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.
With the victory, the Cougars (42-8) advance to next weekend's Super Regional round against Webster University (35-11).
Inside the Box Score:
• Brody Mariotti (3-5) ripped two doubles to pace the Cougar offense.
• CUC doubled BW's hit totals and won the hitting battle 13-6.
• Unlike the matchup yesterday, there were only four combined extra-base hits.
Baldwin-Wallace once again was first to start the scoring after a Tony LoParo sacrifice fly in the second inning. After trailing 1-0, the Cougars broke into the scoring column in a big way in the third inning. Five consecutive hits, including a Keegan Tyrell RBI double and gutsy base running, propelled CUC to a 5-1 lead.
The Yellow Jackets stole back two runs in the bottom of the third with a wild pitch and RBI single by Drew Wilson to cut the lead to 5-3. However, a pair of base running mistakes, both on fly balls to center field, would prevent Baldwin-Wallace from capitalizing in two separate innings and keep them from scoring until the eighth inning.
From there, the pitching staffs for both teams - Jack Raines, Nick Smith and Danny Cody for the Yellow Jackets, and Cole Carman for the Cougars, helped put zeroes on the scoreboard. Carman (5 2/3 innings) allowed just three hits and earned the win to improve to 9-2 on the season. The sophomore finished off a brilliant relief performance by retiring the side in order in the ninth. getting the final out on a ground ball to VanDuser at third.
Cougars to Host Super Regional
Shortly after the game was concluded, it was announced that CUC will host the Super Regional against Webster. The format is a best-of-three series. Game one will be at noon Friday, May 24. Game two will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25. If the teams split the first two contests, a third-and-final game will be played 45 minutes following the conclusion of Saturday's game.