KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Three teams remain alive for the berth to the Avista-NAIA World Series out of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round - Kingsport Bracket following play on Tuesday.
Top-seeded Keiser (Fla.) is the lone undefeated team as it won 7-1 over No. 3 seed Indiana Southeast in the winners' bracket finale. IU Southeast will face No. 2 seed Tennessee Wesleyan in an elimination game on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The winner advances to face Keiser for the trip to the NAIA World Series.
IU Southeast defeated Tennessee Wesleyan once in the tournament already, winning 6-2 on Monday.
Tennessee Wesleyan opened the day with a 5-3 win to eliminate No. 4 seed Talladega (Ala.). The Bulldogs closed out the day with an 8-7, 10th-inning win over fifth-seeded Marian (Ind.) to keep their season alive.
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Game 4 - Tennessee Wesleyan 5, Talladega 3
A three-run seventh inning staved off elimination for Tennessee Wesleyan as it defeated Talladega (Ala.) 5-3.
Tennessee Wesleyan advances to face Marian (Ind.) in another elimination game at 6 p.m. today. Talladega's season ends at 36-25 overall.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Tennessee Wesleyan had runners on the corner with one out when Newhon Norkeh doubled to deep left field to score one. Pedro Barrios was able to score on the play from first as well thanks to an error by the left fielder, tying the game at 3-all. Norkeh later scored on a Dan Ward single, giving the Bulldogs the 4-3 advantage.
Tennessee Wesleyan tacked on an insurance run in the eighth to seal the 5-3 victory.
Brantley Flanagan improved to 3-2 on the year with the win, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and no walks with four strikeouts in seven innings of work. Grant Lang tossed a perfect 1 1/3 innings to lock up his second save of the year.
Offensively for Tennessee Wesleyan, Barrios finished 3-for-5 with a run scored, while Norkeh went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI.
Cameron Davis drove in two runs in going 1-for-4 for Talladega.
Game 5 - Keiser 7, IU Southeast 1
Daniel Garmendia turned in a solid pitching performance to guide Keiser into the championship round with a 7-1 win over IU Southeast.
The right-hander went the distance, scattering 10 hits and allowing one earned run with one walk and five strikeouts.
Tied at 1-all in the bottom of the second, Zack Saldivar gave Keiser (41-18 overall) the lead for good with a two-run triple. The Seahawks added a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings to make the final 7-1.
Saldivar led the Seahawks at the plate in going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Three different Grenadiers (46-14 overall) had two hits.
Game 6 - Tennessee Wesleyan 8, Marian 7 (10 innings)
After spending the entire game playing from behind, Tennessee Wesleyan (41-19 overall) scored the game-winner on a wild play for the 8-7, 10th-inning victory.
With one out in the bottom of the 10th, Collin Ridout ripped a double to deep right-center field. Dan Ward was then intentionally walked, bringing up Ryan Philips with two on and one out. Philips hit a high popup to second and was called out immediately for an infield fly. However, the second baseman dropped the ball, and Ridout took off for third. The throw to third sailed high and went to the fence, allowing Ridout to get up and race home for the game-winning run.
Marian ends the season with a 30-23 overall record.