|Tennessee Wesleyan Colleg (44-10)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||3||4||1|
|LSU Alexandria (La.) (40-15)||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||5||2|
|Kingsport, TN Hunter Wright Stadium|
|Tennessee Wesleyan Colleg||Pitching||LSU Alexandria (La.)|
|Tennessee Wesleyan Colleg||Indv. Stats||LSU Alexandria (La.)|
|2 Players (#9,#17)||Home Runs||None|
KINGSPORT, Tenn. - A pair of long balls was the difference in a pitchers' duel as top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan pulled out a 3-2 decision over No. 4 seed LSU Alexandria (La.) Tuesday in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round - Kingsport Bracket.
Tennessee Wesleyan (44-10 overall) now has a date with No. 2 seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET. LSU Alexandria (40-15 overall) awaits the winner of the game between Judson and Freed-Hardeman. The Generals will play again Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET.
Matt Hines pitched a tremendous game for LSU Alexandria, going the distance and giving up only four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He threw 101 total pitches, but two of them did him in.
Shell McCain led the game off with a solo homer to give Tennessee Wesleyan the early advantage.
It remained a 1-0 game until the bottom of the fourth when the Generals pushed a pair of runs across. With runners on the corners, Mike Frededoelling singles to center to tie the game. Then, with one out, Winn Smith lofted a sac fly to center to allow Bond Babin to score, putting LSU Alexandria up 2-1.
The game hummed along with neither team having much of a chance to score until the eighth inning. McCain drew a one-out walk, and two batters later, Wardy Polanco blasted a two-out, two-run home run to give Tennessee Wesleyan a 3-2 lead.
The Bulldog pitching staff shut LSU Alexandria down the rest of the way, getting the Generals to go down in order in the eighth and ninth for the one-run victory.
Jarrod Jameson improved to 10-3 on the season as he allowed two earned runs on five hits and no walks with three strikeouts. Logan Longwith notched his 10th save of the season, throwing a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
LSU Alexandria outhit Tennessee Welseyan 5-4. The loss was the first for Hines as he is now 10-1 on the season.