|St. Thomas (Fla.) (38-22)||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||6||2|
|Tennessee Wesleyan Colleg (48-13)||0||0||1||0||0||3||1||1||0||6||9||0|
|Kingsport, TN Hunter Wright|
|St. Thomas (Fla.)||Pitching||Tennessee Wesleyan Colleg|
|St. Thomas (Fla.)||Indv. Stats||Tennessee Wesleyan Colleg|
|2 Players (#3,#25)||Doubles||3 Players|
|None||Triples||2 Players (#17,#24)|
|None||Home Runs||#13 Montezuma, Paolo|
After a 4-1 loss to St. Thomas on Thursday, the Kingsport Bracket went to an if necessary game on Friday.
A three-run, sixth-inning rally provided enough firepower to propel top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan to a 6-1 victory over No. 3 seed St. Thomas (Fla.). With the win, Tennessee Wesleyan wins the Kingsport Bracket of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round and advances to the Avista-NAIA World Series.
The Avista-NAIA World Series is set for May 27-June 3 in Lewiston, Idaho.
Tennessee Wesleyan received solid pitching through the game from starter Chris Washington and relievers Danny Guido and Ryan Hartman. Washington last 5 2/3 innings and allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Guido picked up the win, improving to 3-1 on the year as he tossed 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball. He surrendered only one hit and no walks with one strikeout. Hartman threw the ninth inning, giving up only a double to lock up the five-run victory.
Chevis Hoover led the Bulldogs (48-13 overall) at the plate in going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. He and Malik Stephens were the only one with multiple hits for Tennessee Wesleyan with Stephens finishing 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and a run scored.
St. Thomas (38-22 overall) draw first blood in the third when Michael Centeno led off with a double and scored on Steven Fischer's single. Washington was able to get out without further damage thanks to a strikeout and a double play.
In the bottom of the third, Stephens led off with a triple and later scored thanks to a Pedro Barrios sac fly to tie the game at 1-1.
It remained a 1-1 contest until the sixth when Wardy Polanco led off the bottom of the inning with a triple before scoring on a wild pitch. After a walk and a double to put runners on second and third, Hoover followed with a one-out, two-run double to push the margin to 4-1.
Tennessee Wesleyan added a run in the seventh and eighth to make the final 6-1. Paolo Montezuma belted his second home run of the opening round in the seventh, and Stephens delivered a run-scoring single in the eighth.