|St. Thomas (Fla.) (36-21)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||6||0|
|Tennessee Wesleyan Colleg (47-12)||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||2||5||1|
|Kingsport, TN Hunter Wright|
|St. Thomas (Fla.)||Pitching||Tennessee Wesleyan Colleg|
|St. Thomas (Fla.)||Indv. Stats||Tennessee Wesleyan Colleg|
|2 Players (#8,#10)||Doubles||#24 Stephens, Malik|
|None||Home Runs||2 Players (#8,#17)|
Solo homeruns from Alfred Cruz and Wardy Polanco give the Bulldogs enough to advance to the finals of the NAIA Opening Round Kingsport bracket. Ryan Hartman turned in a strong perfomance on the mound for Tennessee Wesleyan to help the top -seeded Bulldogs win 2-1 over St. Thomas.
The right-hander hurled 7 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in improving to 9-0 on the season.
The Bulldogs (47-12 overall) were held to five hits on the day with Cruz and Polanco accounting for four. In the fifth, Cruz put Tennessee Wesleyan on the board with a solo shot to left. Polanco followed with a solo homer of his own to left in the sixth, giving Hartman a 2-0 cushion to work with.
St. Thomas (36-21 overall) catcher Steven Fischer lined a one-out double in the eighth, and pinch-runner Adam Duarte moved to third on a wild pitch. A Cesar Ramirez sac fly brought him home, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
Reed Bright came in and pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to lock up his fourth save of the year, allowing one walk and striking out two in the process.
The Bulldogs will play the winner of St. Thomas vs Rio Grande at 2:30 pm.