LEWISTON, Idaho – (Box Score) No. 10 Rogers State (Okla.), national runner-up a season ago, continues its quest for its first national championship alive with a 4-1 victory over No. 6 York (Neb.) Saturday afternoon in the 2013 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series at Harris Field.
With the win, Rogers State advances in the elimination bracket to play the loser of No. 1 Faulkner (Ala.) (51-11) and No. 9 Missouri Baptist (36-12) Monday at 9 a.m. PDT. The Hillcats are the first No. 10 seed to win a game at the World Series since Fresno Pacific (Calif.) defeated Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 8-6, in 2009. York is eliminated from the championship after going 0-2 in its first-ever appearance.
Rogers State received another strong postseason outing from Brandon Bargas (9-5), who improved to 3-0 in five postseason starts, including three at the World Series. The senior hurler threw 7.1 innings, allowing one run on six hits while striking out a season-high 10 Panthers. Bargas currently rests second on the Hillcats’ career strikeout list with 207 – six behind program leader Grand Cosby (213).
Three Hillcats posted multi-hit performances, including a 2-for-4, two RBI effort from Colton Campbell. Campbell is the team leader in RBI with 53 and has 17 games this season of at least two. Joining Campbell with multiple hits were Eric Baker and Jose Olazagasti.
York threatened with two hits in the top of the first, however failed to plate a run as the score remained 0-0 after three innings. The Panthers’ bats came alive with two outs in the four as Tyler Helms and Isidro Carrizoza launched back-to-back doubles to left field. Helms scored the opening run of the game on Carrizoza’s hit.
Rogers State responded in the bottom half with a run of their own on Campbells’ single up the middle that scored Hector Rivera. Rivera reached earlier on a walk before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt.
The Hillcats added a pair of insurance runs two innings later to make it 3-1. Rogers State landed runners on second and third with no outs after Baker singled and Rivera reached when the York defender airmailed a thrown over the head of the first baseman. Baker was driven in on a Jose Olazagasti single through the hole at short, while Rivera was plated on a Campbell ground out to third.
York’s offense failed to find its groove from the sixth inning on, registering only one hit in the final four frames.
Rogers State added the fourth and final run in the bottom of the eight.
York centerfielder Matt Owen extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the first. Starting pitcher Tom Korn allowed three runs (one earned), seven hits, two strikeouts and one walk in 6.2 innings. The loss drops his record to 10-3.
The 57th annual Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series is a 10-team, double elimination event hosted by Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho). For more information on the World Series, click here.