What you need to know about Mount Marty’s effort on the third day of the NAIA Baseball Tournament, Bracket 4, can be summarized in one play. Andy Turbak tried to run through a 20-foot high brick wall to make a catch, ending an inning and saving a couple of runs.
“That’s an example of how bad these kids want it,” said MMC head coach Andy Bernatow.
That effort paid off, as MMC won games against York (12-5) and defending national champion Lubbock Christian (3-2), scoring their 38th and 39th victories and setting up a do-or-die game with LCU Friday at 1 p.m.
Against LCU in the evening game, Krier picked up his school-record 11th victory, holding a team that ranks second in the nation in batting average with a .374 average to two runs.
“I just stuck to my strengths, kept throwing strikes,” Krier said. “They are a great-hitting baseball team. I just got lucky today.”
The Lancers’ early game also had a great pitching performance, as Nick Huston tossed a complete game in a victory over 19th-ranked York.
“I have one word to describe it, ‘Wow!’ York is a great-hitting team,” Bernatow said.
York had scored six runs in the first inning against 23rd-ranked Avila’s top pitcher in its tournament opener. The Panthers then scored five in the first inning against LCU’s Frank Corolla, a pitcher who had been drafted in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball Draft a year ago.
Huston was potentially going to be another victim of the Panthers’ first-inning success, but got out of a bases-loaded jam — two of which he put on by hitting them with pitches — with only one run scoring.
“That was really a moral victory,” Bernatow said. “For Nick to give up one run in that inning is awesome. He mixed and matched well, spotted up his pitches.”
Neither MMC or LCU had decided on a Friday starter after the game, but both teams said they everyone would be available.
“There is no pressure on us,” said sophomore Jason Livermont. “If we play good defense and pitch well, we’ll be alright.”
By the way, here are the photos that have been posted on Spotted so far.