At Enid OK: The Lackawanna College baseball team bounced back from its extra inning loss to Scottsdale in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II Baseball Tournament by scoring 8 runs in the top of the first inning in their 12-4 win over Grand Rapids Community College. Despite Grand Rapids' three run rally in the second inning and their run in the sixth, Lackawanna built an eight run lead by scoring two additional runs in the third and two more in the seventh. That leads was significant since it allowed the Falcons to shorten the contest under the seven inning eight run rule used in the tournament. The win over Grand Rapids eliminated the Raiders from this year's series.
Winning pitcher for the Falcons was Tyler Buckley. Buckley pitched 5 2/3 innings surrendering 7 hits and walking 4; he gave up 4 runs, one of which was unearned, and struck out 7. Cody Patton relieved Buckley in the sixth with two outs and two runners on base and struck out the only batter he faced. With Patton on the mound, the Falcons put down the Raiders without a base runner in the bottom of the seventh to clinch the win. Patton's pitching line was 1 1/3 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits and 0 walks. He struck out 2.
At the plate, the Falcons had five hitters with a multi-hit game. Kris Moules singled and doubled, while Mike Accardi, Lavance Anderson, Matt Frei and Brandon Cholish had two singles each. Each batter in the batting order had an RBI or Run scored. Cameron Johnson was the only starter not to score, while Cholish was the only player without and RBI. Frei and White had multi RBI games with Frei driving in 3 and White 2. Moules led Lackawanna in runs scored with 3, while Accardi, Anderson and Frei each scored twice. Moules was also given credit for 2 stolen bases. Accardi had the Falcon's only other steal.
Lackawanna next plays tomorrow at 4:30 Eastern Daylight Time against Catawba Valley Community College. The winner of that contest will move on in the tournament, while the loser will be eliminated. Ironically both Lackawanna and Catawba Valley are the only two tournament participants playing in their first NJCAA Division II World Series.