Baseball: NAIA National First Round Results

5/12/09Cleveland, TN - The Indiana Tech Baseball team dropped a heartbreaker to Belhaven College Blazers (MS) in the first game of the 2009 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round at Lee University.  Early on, the game was a pitcher’s duel between senior pitcher John Paul Akers (Naples, FL / Owens CC) and Belhaven pitcher, Kyle Hunt.  It wasn’t until the bottom of the fifth that the Blazers finally got to Akers and scored two runs for a quick 2-0 lead.  The Warriors answered in typical fashion as senior Will Richards (Toronto, ONT. CAN / Muscatine CC) hit his 12th home run of the season to cut the deficit to 1 (2-1).  The Blazers added two more runs in the sixth and then the Warriors put on their rally caps on in the top of the ninth and loaded the bases for senior Steve Weigle (Naples, FL / Owens CC) and junior Chad Geier (Coldwater, OH / Sinclair CC) to each deliver clutch hits and knot up the score 4-4.  Alas, the euphoria of the rally was short lived as the Blazers won it in the bottom of the ninth from a sac fly scoring the winning run, 5-4.  The Warriors will next face the loser of the Lee University/Spring Arbor game on Wednesday, May 13th.  For live stats, check the web casting through the dakstats web site at:



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