ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Baseball Playoff Championship will feature the Gustavus Adolphus College Golden Gusties taking on the Saint John's University Johnnies at noon on Saturday afternoon at CHS Field in St. Paul. The Gusties secured a spot in the title game by defeating the Johnnies in Friday afternoon's matinee, 9-5, while the Johnnies got back into the title picture with an 8-4 win over St. Olaf in the final game of the day.
NO. 1 GUSTAVUS 9, NO. 2 SAINT JOHN'S 5 | BOX SCORE | PHOTOS |
Gustavus scored three in the third, four in the fifth, and two in the sixth to punch its ticket to the MIAC Playoff Championship game with a 9-5 victory over Saint John's on Friday afternoon at CHS Field in St. Paul. Matt Berkner got the scoring started with a sacrifice fly to right field, enabling Brice Panning to cross home plate in the third inning. From there, Ryan Moriarty singled to short and advanced to second on a fielding error, a play which resulted in a pair of Gusties scoring runs. The Johnnies answered back in the fifth, however, as Max Jackson and Jack Wingerd each drove in a run, while Wyatt Ulrich scored on a throwing error, knotting the teams at 3-3. Gustavus broke that tie quickly, scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning with Ethan Mocchi and Brice Panning each driving in one and Dexter Leer accounting for a pair of scores. Mocchi batted in two more the following inning to put the game out of reach. The Johnnies added two more runs in the top of the seventh but it would not be enough. Christian Johnson went five innings on the mound in the victory, striking out three while allowing three runs on six hits. The Johnnies used five pitchers in the game, with starter Danny Kuhn throwing the first four-and-a-third, allowing six runs on 10 hits.
NO. 3 ST. OLAF 10, NO. 4 SAINT MARY'S 9 | BOX SCORE | PHOTOS |
In a wild elimination game played at Bethel University, St. Olaf rallied back from a 9-3 seventh-inning deficit to record a 10-9 walkoff victory over Saint Mary's to keep its season alive for a few more hours on Friday afternoon. The two teams combined for 19 runs on 33 hits in the game. The Oles jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a two-run double by Andrew Nomoto in the first inning and another RBI double by Jake Ossell in the second. The Cardinals took full control of the game after Andy Tepp drilled a two-run home run over the left field fence in the fourth inning and Zach Drake scored on a wild pitch in the fifth. Will Matthews put SMU on top with a solo shot to left in the sixth before Joey Costello and Justin Weinberg finished off the inning with a pair of RBI singles. The Cards tacked on three more runs in the seventh to give themselves a six-run cushion heading into the stretch. The Ole bats woke up at the bottom of the seventh, with Dylan Blake collecting an RBI single to cut the Cardinal lead to five. St. Olaf scored three more in the eighth to come within two before setting up for a dramatic finish in the ninth. Ryan Torbenson singled up the middle to score Nomoto and bring St. Olaf within one before the Oles loaded the bases for Tommy McDonald, who doubled to center field, scoring Torbenson and Jake Ossell and sending St. Olaf back to CHS Field for a rematch with Saint John's on Friday night.
NO. 2 SAINT JOHN'S 8, NO. 3 ST. OLAF 4 | BOX SCORE | PHOTOS |
Saint John's bounced back from a loss in Friday's opener to defeat St. Olaf, 8-4, in Friday night's elimination contest. St. Olaf's Tommy McDonald scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first, advancing to third base on a Luke Dahl single and crossing home plate on a throwing error to put the Oles up one early. The Johnnies answered back in the top of the second with a pair of runs. Ethan Roe doubled to left field, scoring Thomas Meland. Roe went on to score on a fielding error to put SJU up 2-1. Saint John's added two more runs in the fourth, with Meland scoring on another Ole error and Michael Gruber touching home on a Wyatt Ulrich sac fly. St. Olaf got three back in the bottom of the inning, beginning with a two-run single from Matthew Muller. Muller went on to score on a throwing error. Max Jackson put the Johnnies on top in the eighth with a sacrifice fly that scored Taylor Fourre. Bennett Wiggins pitched a nine-inning complete game for the Johnnies, throwing 138 pitches - 94 of them strikes - while striking out five and allowing four runs on 10 hits. Jesse Retzlaff went six innings, allowing four runs and four walks with seven hits in a no-decision for the Oles. Reliever Max Marshall was saddled with the loss after pitching two innings with three earned runs allowed.
Saturday's MIAC Championship will begin at 12:00 p.m., three hours earlier than originally scheduled due to inclement weather in the forecast. If the Johnnies wins the first game, a second game will follow 30 minutes after the first to determine the double-elimination tournament winner. The champion will receive the MIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
MIAC BASEBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Friday, May 10, 2019 | PROGRAM |
Game 3: No. 1 Gustavus 9, No. 2 Saint John's 5 | Box Score |
Game 4: No. 3 St. Olaf 10, No. 4 Saint Mary's 9 | Box Score |
Game 5: No. 2 Saint John's 8, No. 3 St. Olaf 4 | Box Score |
All Playoff information including seedings, scores, and recaps can be found on the 2019 MIAC Baseball Playoffs. Fans can also follow the action on the MIAC Scoreboard, on the free MIAC mobile app, and on social media through the MIAC's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.