FINAL SCORE: #1 College of St. Joseph's Vermont 2, #5 Robert Morris University – Peoria 1
RECORDS: College of St. Joseph's Vermont (50-11) | Robert Morris University –Peoria (15-16)
LOCATION: East Field Park in Glens Falls, New York
IN BRIEF: The top ranked College of St. Joseph's Vermont Fighting Saints defeated the fifth seeded Robert Morris University – Peoria Eagles 2-1 to advance to the semifinals of the USCAA Small College World Series.
HOW THEY SCORED: In the bottom of the 1st inning, Connor Martin hit a sacrifice fly to score Nick Rodriguez. In the third inning, Jared Morello singled to bring home Rodriguez as the Fighting Saint took a 2-0 led.
In the top of the 7th, Stephens hit a double into the gap to get on base with one away. Dietz stepped up to the plate as the tying run. His single brought around Stephens from second base to make the score 2-1. The Eagles put a man in scoring position after a stolen base and a wild pitch, but left the tying run on third after a stolen base and wild pitch.
BEHIND THE BOX SCORE: Bill Brancatella pitched a full game for the Fighting Saints. He struck out 10 batters and gave up one earned run on four hits. Morello and Martin each had an RBI on their two trips to the plate.
Eagles right fielder, Dietz was 2-3 at the plate with the lone RBI for his team. Miah Atchley pitched a full-game, struck out three and allowed just two earned runs.
NEXT UP: The College of St. Joseph's Vermont remains in the winner's bracket and will face the seconded seeded team in the tournament, the Rochester College Warriors. Robert Morris will face the winner of the Apprentice School and Cleary University in an elimination game.