KINGSPORT, Tenn. - A three-run seventh inning proved to be the difference as No. 5 seed St. Francis (Ill.) won 6-3 to eliminate No. 4 seed Campbellsville (Ky.) from the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round - Kingsport Bracket on Friday.
The win sends the Saints (39-16 overall) to the losers' bracket finale where they will face the Warriors of Indiana Tech at 11 a.m. Saturday. Indiana Tech is the No. 3 seed.
Campbellsville ends the year at 37-18.
Down 3-2 in the sixth, St. Francis tied the game on a Brandon Mendoza RBI single. The Saints seized control of the game in the seventh when they put up a three-spot. The big blow came when Joe Ruge reached on an error with two outs, allowing two runs to score to make it 6-3 St. Francis.
Corey Shultz then took care of business on the mound for the Saints, going 2 2/3 innings and allowing no runs on no hits and one walk in locking up his sixth save of the year.
Jacob Butler got the win for St. Francis, upping his record to 10-2.
David Kuhne paced St. Francis at the plate in going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI.
Craig Edwards had a solid game for Campbellsville, going 2-for-4 with a runs scored and a RBI.