The highest-seeded Level Loma Nazarene baseball group eradicated Cal Poly Pomona Thursday with a 7-2 victory of their opening recreation within the Division II NCAA Regionals.
The elimination leaves simply PLNU (44-7) and No. 4 Northwest Nazarene (31-21) to battle it out in what quantities to a best-of-three sequence for the precise to advance to the Tremendous Regional.
The subsequent recreation – at PLNU, which is internet hosting one of many two NCAA west regionals – begins at 11 a.m. Friday with the Sea Lions designated because the visiting group.
Level Loma would be the residence group for the second recreation, scheduled for two p.m. If wanted, the groups will play once more Saturday.
Northwest Nazarene, out of Nampa, Idaho, dropped all 4 video games in opposition to the Sea Lions of their solely conferences this yr, in February.
Behind Baxter Halligan, the Area and PacWest Participant and Pitcher of the Yr, the Sea Lions used their slugging prowess to overhaul Cal Poly Pomona (35-19).
Down 1-0 within the fourth inning, Halligan tied the sport with an RBI single. Two batters later, Hunter Otjen, a Level Loma Excessive alum, blasted a three-run homer to present the Sea Lions a 4-1 lead.
The Broncos pulled nearer at 4-2 within the prime of the fifth, however within the subsequent inning, Sea Lion Easton Waterman banged his personal double off the left-field wall, establishing Jack Malone, who adopted with a two-run homer to make it 7-2.
Arduous-throwing lefty Zach Veen relieved Halligan and breezed by way of the Pomona lineup, throwing 27 of 34 pitches for strikes. Veen went three innings, placing out two on the best way to his fifth save.
As well as, with Halligan’s twelfth win, he broke the PacWest convention file for single-season victories, whereas supporting his personal trigger on the plate with three hits.