Tommies open World Series with victory

  • Updated: May 26, 2012 - 10:40 AM

The big numbers all added up to a St. Thomas victory.

The Tommies baseball team used 15 hits, nine third-inning runs, eight stolen bases and five errors by Christopher Newport University to win their opening game of the NCAA Division III College World Series 12-7 on Friday in Appleton, Wis.

St. Thomas (39-8) will play a winner's-bracket game Saturday night against defending national champion Marietta, which beat Whitworth 13-2 Friday night.

Steve Maher earned his 13th victory of the season for the Tommies, breaking the season school record set two years ago by Matt Schuld. Maher gave up two runs in the second and two more in the third, but he then retired 11 out of 13 batters in the next four innings.

After spotting the Captains (34-9) a 2-0 lead, the Tommies responded with nine runs in the top of the third off Greg Goldsmith. They sent 13 men to the plate, banging out eight singles and a double; the nine hits were one off the national tournament record. Justin Novak, Ben Podobinski and Tim Kuzniar each had two hits in the inning.

Christopher Newport scored three runs in the ninth inning, but with the bases loaded and the tying run in the on-deck circle, St. Thomas' Tommy Danczyk struck out the final two batters to end the game.

D-I track and field

Gophers teammates Quentin Mege and Micah Hegerle placed second and sixth, respectively, in the hammer throw at the NCAA West preliminary meet in Austin, Texas. Both advance to the NCAA outdoor meet on June 6-9 at Drake University in Des Moines. Mege threw 215 feet, 3 inches, Hegerle 208-5.

The Gophers' Dave Pachuta (1:47.78) and Harun Abda (1:49.17) advanced to the NCAA meet in the 800 meters.

D-II track and field

Minnesota State Mankato's Tandy Juell finished sixth in the decathlon with 6,777 points at the NCAA Division II meet in Pueblo, Colo., his third career All-America honor.

Mavericks junior Jerrell Hancock qualified for Saturday's finals in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.23 seconds.

On the women's side, Winona State's Elisa Moenkedick, Alissa Rausch and Shanai Guider placed ninth, 10th and 11th, respectively, in the javelin.

D-III track and field

Breanna Coyle finished seventh in the hammer throw at 171-2 in Claremont, Calif., making her the third Hamline athlete to earn All-America status this week at the D-III meet.

Augsburg's Ashley Carney won her heat in the 100 with the third-fastest time in the field -- 11.97 seconds.

On the men's side, St. Thomas' Mike Hutton won his 800 heat to advance to the finals, while the Tommies' Eyo Ekpo placed 11th in the high jump at 6-8.

Thursday, Becky Culp of Hamline placed third in the women's discus with a throw of 147-11, while Hamline's Devin Monson was third in the men's 10,000 in 30:36.73.
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