Bruin blast in ninth gives Bellevue win

With his team down to its last strike, Todd Nicks delivered a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to lift Bellevue to a 3-2 victory against William Woods on Tuesday in the opening round of the NAIA tournament.

Bellevue advanced to a winners bracket game at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Roddy Field against top-seeded Tabor (50-9), which opened with an 8-0 win against Mayville State.

The Bruins (45-13) had been held in check most of the day by Owls starter John Cavness before finally getting to him in the ninth. Colton Nash and Aaron Brasher both reached on singles to chase Cavness with two outs.

Nicks then sent a pitch from reliever James Ball (8-4) over the center-field fence.

William Woods (38-13) threatened in the bottom of the ninth, getting a leadoff triple from Cody Stewart. But Steve Sarcone recorded a line out and two strikeouts to preserve the win.

Sarcone (10-1) pitched a complete game, allowing two runs — both unearned — on five hits and a walk while striking out 10.

The Bruins threatened in the top of the eighth, as Tyler Blood led off with a double and advanced to third on a Kevin Rodriguez's fly out. But Cavness struck out Trevor Jones and Owl third baseman Austin Clapp caught a line drive from Ross Feeley to end the inning.

Nash and Brasher each finished with two hits for the Bruins.

Bobcat rally falls short

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Peru State came up short in its effort to rally from an 8-0 deficit, falling 12-7 to Grand View in Tuesday's opening round.

The Bobcats (38-15) face Mount Vernon Nazarene in an elimination game at noon Wednesday.

The Vikings (22-20) scored three runs apiece in the second and third innings, then added two in the fourth for an 8-0 lead. The Bobcats got on the board in the fifth, but Grand View scored three more in the sixth to make it 11-1.

The Bobcats scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and put up a four-run seventh to cut their deficit to 11-7. But reliever Jeff Heath held Peru State to two hits in the final two innings.

Kyle Killen, Scout Villanueva and Adam Quintana each had two hits to lead the Bobcats. Villanueva drove in three runs while Quintana and Mark McGinnity each had one RBI.

Manny Arciniega suffered the loss after allowing 12 hits and 11 runs in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven.

Timothy Patterson threw 2 2/3 innings in relief, giving up three hits and a run. Tanner Degafferelly tossed the final inning without allowing a hit while striking out one.

York loses pitchers duel

OKLAHOMA CITY — Despite a strong performance by pitcher Brad Lindsley, York dropped its opening-round game against Concordia (California) 2-1 Tuesday.

The Panthers (39-18) will face Dakota Wesleyan at 11 a.m. Wednesday in an elimination game.

Lindsley (9-5) threw a complete game, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two.

But Concordia starter Isaiah Terrazas (6-2) was just as good, limiting the Bobcats to two hits and a run in seven innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Jose Bueno drove in York's run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

Briar Cliff drops opener

SHAWNEE, Okla. — Carlos Vargas had three hits and four RBIs in leading Mid America Nazarene to a 10-2 win against Briar Cliff in Tuesday's opening round.

Briar Cliff (29-24-1) plays an elimination game against LSU Shreveport at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Vargas had RBI singles in the first and third and a two-run single in the ninth. The Pioneers (34-21) broke the game open with a six-run third, getting six hits in the inning.

Chase Hernandez drove in both Charger runs with a double in the fourth.

Adam Alexander (7-3) took the loss, giving up eight runs on 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out four while walking two.

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