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Midland wins NAIA National Tournament Opener | Rural Radio Network

Midland wins NAIA National Tournament Opener

Midland wins NAIA National Tournament Opener

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Junior right-hander Torrey Escamilla (13-0) tied the Midland University single-season record for pitching wins in a season as the Warriors successfully embarked on their journey in the Bartlesville Bracket of the 2017 NAIA National Championship Opening Round on Monday afternoon.

Escamilla pitched Midland to a 10-4 victory over St. Ambrose University.

The Fremont native allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits over 8.0 IP. Escamilla struck out six Bee batters.

St. Ambrose plated an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning for the first run to open the scoring before Escamilla and the Warrior offense took over.

The aptly named, Alex Bee, tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI-single in the top of the second, scoring Chris Foster who led off the inning with a single, and Midland never trailed again.

Conlon McKenzie remained red hot at the plate, driving in the go-ahead run in the third frame. Midland’s DH has six RBI over his last two games.

On the mound, Escamilla allowed just one St. Ambrose hit from the second inning through the fifth, keeping the Warriors’ 2-1 lead intact until the bats exploded in the sixth.

With one out in the sixth inning, four straight MU batters reached base as the Warriors stretched their lead to 4-1. Tanner Bos followed with the big blow; a screaming two-run homer to left field. The Warriors proceed to go back-to-back as Justin Trevino lifted a solo homer to right center, capping the six-run frame.

The Bees cut into their deficit with a pair of runs after the seventh inning stretch, but Midland answered right back.

Cole Gray‘s two-run homer in the eighth extended the Warrior lead to 10-3.

St. Ambrose tacked on its final run of the game off Escamilla in the bottom of the ninth before Dillon Cotner pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the win.

Robert Cummins went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the ballgame.

Fourth-seeded Midland (41-18) advances in the winner’s bracket to take on top-seeded Oklahoma Wesleyan tonight at 6 p.m. The host Eagles (48-9) are ranked No. 3 in the latest NAIA poll.

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