NAIA
PlayNAIA
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    St. Andrews at 76
    Allen 86
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Tennessee Wesleyan at 88
    Montreat 104
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Bryan at 72
    Truett-McConnell 68
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Bluefield at 63
    Reinhardt 80
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Union at 97
    Point 74
  • Today
    Tennessee Wesleyan at 7:00pm
    Voorhees College EST
  • Today
    Truett-McConnell at 7:30pm
    Columbia International University EST
  • Today
    Warren Wilson at 7:30pm
    Milligan EST
  • Today
    Bryan at 7:30pm
    Montreat EST
  • Today
    Allen at 8:00pm
    Morris College EST
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    St. Andrews at 69
    Allen 85
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Tennessee Wesleyan at 95
    Montreat 70
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Columbia at 55
    Milligan 74
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Bluefield at 55
    Reinhardt 62
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Bryan at 48
    Truett-McConnell 58
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Union at 74
    Point 84
  • Today
    Truett-McConnell at 5:30pm
    Columbia International University EST
  • Today
    Bryan at 5:30pm
    Montreat EST
  • Today
    Allen at 6:00pm
    Morris College EST
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Point at 3rd of 4
    Berry College Swimming Invitational, Jan. 20-21
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Milligan at  
    Milligan College vs. Mars Hill University
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    St. Andrews at Cncl
    Wingate University  
    Time Trial Meet
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Point at 4th of 5
    Berry College Swimming Invitational, Jan. 20-21
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Milligan at  
    Milligan College vs. Mars Hill University
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    St. Andrews at Cncl
    Wingate University  
    Time Trial Meet
  • Saturday, Jan 21
    Brenau University at 1:00pm
    Columbia EST
Allen University Bluefield College Bryan College Columbia College Milligan College Montreat College Point University
Reinhardt University SCAD Atlanta St. Andrews University Tennessee Wesleyan College Truett-McConnell College Union College
Game 7 USF 6 IN Tech 4

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Timely hitting, good defense and quality relief pitching proved to be the right combination for No. 5 seed St. Francis (Ill.) to defeat No. 3 seed Indiana Tech 6-4 on Saturday and advance to the championship round of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round - Kingsport Bracket.

St. Francis (40-16 overall) now faces No. 1 seed Tennessee Wesleyan at 2:30 p.m. In order to advance to the AVISTA-NAIA World Series, the Saints must win twice.

Indiana Tech ends the year at 40-22 overall.

The Warriors grabbed the early lead, scoring twice in the top of the first. However, it could've been more but Indiana Tech has a runner thrown out at home on a failed steal attempt.

St. Francis scored a run in the bottom of the first to make it 2-1 before posting three in the second for a 4-2 advantage. Tied at 2-2, Justin Blaine broke the deadlock with a two-run single.

Not ready to bow out, Indiana Tech evened the score at 4-4 with a run in the third and another in the fourth. Jake Owens belted a solo home run in the fourth to tie the game. The Warriors looked as if they would take the lead in the fifth, but they had another runner gunned down at the plate.

St. Francis took the lead for good on a Brandon Mendoza sac fly. The Saints tacked on an insurance run in the sixth thanks to a David Schwabe RBI single.

Corey Schultz took over from there. The Saint reliever tossed 2 2/3 of shutout ball to collect his second save of the tournament and seventh of the season. Michael Chimera collected the win to improve to 4-2.

Blaine paced the St. Francis offense with a 4-for-4, two-RBI performance. 

Eric Zagone took the loss to fall 8-4 on the season. Iggy Mackenzie drove in two runs for the Warriors, while Craig Herrmann went 4-for-5.