The Northwestern Ohio baseball team became the first this season to punch a ticket to the Avista-NAIA World Series Wednesday afternoon in Williamsburg, Kentucky, jumping out to a 7-0 lead after four innings en route to a 10-1 victory over Point Park in the finals of the Williamsburg Bracket.
UNOH opened the scoring with a run in the second as after a Felix Correa (SR/Canovanas, PR) hit and walks to Erich Gonzalez (SR/Bronx, NY) and Dayfran Ortiz (SR/Aragua, Venezuela) loaded the bases, a Junior Gomez (SR/La Vega, Dominican Republic) grounder drove in Correa.
The Racers then broke the game open with five runs in the eighth, aided in part by four Pioneer errrors in the frame. Blake Maines (SR/Hebron, KY) singled in the first run while Jack Barrie (JR/Maleny, Queensland, Australia) plated in the second run as he reached on an error. RBI singles from Correa, Ortiz and Gomez produced the final three runs to put Northwestern Ohio up 6-0.
Kyle Fisher (SR/London, OH) extended the margin an inning later as he led off with a home run to left, his 11th of the season.
While Northwestern Ohio was building the early lead, starting pitcher Cole Baker (JR/Grimes, IA) (2-4) threw 5.1 shutout innings, scattering six hits and three walks while striking out three. The UNOH defense supported Baker as Ortiz threw out a runner trying to steal in the second and the infield turned double plays in the third and fifth.
Mike Alexander (SR/Concord, CA) carried the shutout into the ninth with three strikeouts in three innings before Point Park pushed across a run with two outs in the ninth. Mitch Ebben (JR/Shiocton, WI), though, struck out Chris Hernandez for the final out.
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