ELGIN, Ill. – In a must-win situation, the eighth-seeded Indiana University South Bend baseball team answered the call as they ended second-seeded Olivet Nazarene's season, defeating the Tigers 7-4. In the nightcap, the Titans battled the Fighting Saints of the University of St. Francis for a chance to advance to championship Tuesday.
Game 1: IU South Bend def. ONU, 7-4
Game 2: USF def. IU South Bend, 12-0
Records: IU South Bend 24-26 | ONU 32-19 | USF 34-25
Location: Elgin, Illinois | Hoffer Field
Game 1 HIGHLIGHTS
- The Tigers carried a 3-0 lead into the Titans half of the fifth. Zack Lazenby (JR/Chesterfield, Missouri) doubled and later scored on an ONU throwing error to make it a 3-1 after five complete.
- IU South Bend plated six runs in the home half of the sixth capped off by a three-run triple from Lazenby, who later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Thomas (SO/Crown Point, Indiana) to extend the Titans lead to 7-4 through six.
- ONU threatened in the ninth as they loaded the bases but Zane Gonzalez (JR/Grand Rapids, Michigan) was able to get out of the jam to propel the Titans to a win.
- Trey Bickel (SR/Mishawaka, Indiana) came back on short rest and tossed seven innings allowing four runs on nine hits and striking out five.
- Gonzalez picked up the save as he allowed just three hits in two innings of work.
- Lazenby finished with three RBI in the win.
Game 2 HIGHLIGHTS
- The Fighting Saints struck first in the opening frame on an RBI single to left field.
- USF added a run in the third but IU South Bend starter Tyler Reece (SO/South Bend, Indiana) was able to pitch around a bases loaded jam to minimize the damage.
- In the fifth the Fighting Saints tacked on three more runs to take a 5-0 lead over the Titans.
- St. Francis busted the game open in the sixth inning as they scored four runs to extend their lead to 9-0.
- Brandon Papp (JR/Akron, Ohio) finished the game 2-for-4
- Tyler Reece took the loss for the Titans going five innings allowing five runs on nine hits.
- The Titans finished the year 24-26 overall and 13-14 in CCAC action.