Errors Costly For Baseball Against NYIT
EDINBURG, Texas – Northern Colorado took the decision of playing in the inaugural Great West Championship out of its hands as the Bears fell 11-1 in eight innings to New York Tech on Friday. NC can still advance to the championship game with a little help from the hosts.
If Texas-Pan American is victorious over NJIT, Northern Colorado advances to the championship due to three teams being 2-1 in pool play and the Bears being the highest seed. If NJIT defeats UTPA, NYIT moves to the finals with their win over NC.
Northern Colorado struggled offensively, getting just six hits on the afternoon, while NYIT scored 11 runs on 13 hits and were aided by five NC errors.
Freshman left-hander Mark Shannon pitched seven innings, allowing seven runs on 10 hits. Just two of the runs were earned for NYIT as the defense committed three errors behind him. Shannon also walked one and struck out three. Sophomore left-hander Cameron Tallman came in for the top of the eighth, allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits, walking one and striking out one in 0.1 innings of work.
Sophomore Jarod Berggren stretched his hitting streak to 41 games, which ties for the sixth longest streak in NCAA Division I history. He knots Michael Campo (Penn State, 2000), Todd Nace (Southern Mississippi, 1989-90) and Rusty Adkins (Clemson, 1995-96).
Shannon had the only multi-hit game for the Bears, going 2-for-4, while junior Kyle Hardman had the lone RBI.
NYIT hurler Frank Ryan (3-3) tallied the win, throwing 7.2 innings, allowing one run on six hits, walking four and striking out six, while Louie Bernardi retired the only batter he faced. Ali Rodriguez and Effrey Valdez each had three hits for the NYIT Bears.
NYIT scored five in the top of the second, aided by two errors by the Bears and added one run each in the fourth and seventh for the 7-0 lead.
NC scored one in the top of the eighth. Junior T.J. Berge doubled down the left field line and scored on a single past the shortstop by Hardman.
NYIT scored four in the bottom of the eighth to win by the run rule, 11-1.
The Bears will now wait for the final game of the day to see if they advance to the championship game.