Seward’s run at national tourney ends
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 08:43
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Seward’s offense did enough to get the Saints to the Final 4 at the NJCAA College World Series Tuesday against Potomac State.
But the defense didn’t.
Seward had leads of 5-0, 8-3, and 9-5, but could not advance after a 12-11 loss.
Logan Hall gave up nine hits and eight runs and had to be pulled in the fifth inning.
Keegan Hucul came in relief, and after a walk, an error and a three RBI triple, Seward trailed 10-9.
The Saints tied the game in the top of the sixth and took a 12-10 lead in the seventh, but Potomac State scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh with two outs.
A walk and an RBI double tied the game before Tyler Hill relieved Hucul. But Hill gave up an RBI double before getting the last out, and the Catamounts had a 12-11 lead.
Seward had a chance to score in the eighth, but a double play ended the threat.
Seward had another chance in the ninth with two singles, but Barrios struck out to end the Saints season with a 12-11 loss at the national tournament.
The loss was Seward’s second at the tournament and the second time Seward gave up a four-run lead. The Saints had an advantage on Iowa Western in the tournament opener but saw that lead slip away as well.
But the Saints made school history by advancing to the top six in the nation and earning two national tournament wins.
Seward’s offense was one of the most prolific in school history.
But Seward coach Galen McSpadden said that there was no room for a wheel to come off at the national tournament.
Against Potomac State, the wheel came off in the fifth with five runs. Seward committed two errors and walked five in the game as well, and the Catamounts were able to convert those mistakes into runs.
While the Potomac State pitching staff gave up 11 runs on 12 hits and seven walks, the fielding was solid. Potomac State’s fielders committed no errors.
Seward ended the season with a 46-20 record, a Jayhawk West championship, a Region VI Super Regional title, and a Region VI Championship. Seward earned two victories at the NJCAA College World Series including a 5-1 win over Southern Union and a 14-4 run-rule victory over South Georgia.
The Saints lost to Iowa Western 17-9 and Potomac State 12-11.
The Saints will now head to their summer league programs across the nation before returning for the fall practice season to gear up for a return to the NJCAA College World Series in 2012.
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