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NCAA D2 Baseball Champion – Lynn University

Congratulations to Lynn University for winning their first NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship!

Championship Game – Lynn 2, Emporia State 1 – Recap | Boxscore | Game Notes
Starting pitcher Dan Wright overcame a first-inning run and tournament Most Outstanding Player Tommy Kahnle retired all six batters he faced as Lynn claimed its first-ever Division II baseball national championship. Chad Crowe’s sacrifice fly in the top of the second tied the game and Chris Chavez’s two-out rbi-single in the third proved to be the game winner. Emporia State starting pitcher Ben Graham went eight innings and recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts.

The team had 14 seniors so it’s unlikely to see them repeat.

Lynn University Recap

Emporia State Recap

South Florida Sun Sentinel Story

Raleigh News & Observer Story

The NCAA also announced their All-tournament team for the D2 College World Series –

All-Tournament Team

Most Outstanding Player: Tommy Kahnle, Lynn
Catcher: Spencer Sobol, Belmont Abbey
First Base: Daniel Pembroke, Dowling
Second Base: Jacob White, Emporia State
Third Base: Josh Tanner, UC San Diego
Shortstop: Chad Crowe, Lynn
Outfield: Kellen Lane, Emporia State
Outfield: Gabe MacDougall, Lynn
Outfield: Daniel Flores, Lynn
Pitcher: Ben Graham, Emporia State
Pitcher: Dan Wright, Lynn
Pitcher: Tommy Kahnle, Lynn

Lynn 3 outs from D2 Baseball Championship


Lynn University leads Emporia State 2-1 entering the bottom of the 9th inning.

Emporia took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but Lynn scored single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings to take the lead.  Since then it’s been a pitcher’s dual.

Update – Mike Sharp pops out to shortstop for first out

Fly out to center field – Lynn 1 out away

Pop out to 2nd – Lynn wins!

Dog pile underway

Day 6 Recap – Lynn Vs. Emporia for NCAA D2 Baseball Title


The team that will play for the NCAA Division 2 Baseball National Championship have been set.  It will be Lynn University against Emporia State for the title.  It would be the first title for either school. 

The game is set for the following:

Saturday, May 30
Championship Game – Emporia State (49-13) vs. Lynn (45-16) – Noon
Live Stats
It will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports channel.  You can also watch online for free here – Live Video

NCAA Division II Day 6/7 Tournament Notes

Emporia – Pregame Notes

Emporia Post-Season Media Guide

Both teams finished undefeated in their brackets to advance.  Here’s how they made the Championship game –

Emporia State 5, UC San Diego 3
Kellen Lane’s walk-off two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth advanced Emporia State to the national championship game for the first time in school history. The home run was the first ever for Lane, who went 3-for-5. UC San Diego rallied from a 3-1 deficit with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Emporia State reliever Diego Soto pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win to improve to 1-0 with two saves in three appearances at the National Finals.  NCAA Recap , Emporia Recap

Lynn 7, Belmont Abbey 5
Daniel Flores’ fifth-inning two-run homer broke a 5-5 tie and relief pitchers Justin Figart and Tommy Kahnle combined to retire the final 13 batters as Lynn earned a spot in the national championship game for the first time in school history. Figart retired all seven batters he faced for the win and Kahnle retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings for the save. Weather delays forced an 11:14 p.m. start time. The game ended at 2:06 a.m. Lynn will take on Emporia State Saturday at noon as the two remaining unbeatens play a winner-takes-all championship game.  NCAA Recap , Lynn Recap

Day 5 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tourney Final 4


The NCAA Division 2 Baseball College World Series is down to the final 4 teams.  Emporia State and Lynn are in the drivers seats as they would have to lose twice to not make the National Championship game on Saturday and both should have fresher pitching staffs.  They will each get their chance tonight to qualify and avoid a 1 game play in on Friday.  You can watch the games online for free here – Live Video of D2 College World Series

In elimination games yesterday –

UC San Diego 13, Dowling 1
Trevor Decker tossed a complete game three-hitter and UC San Diego broke away from a 2-1 lead with six runs in the top of the sixth inning. Josh Tanner and Garrett Imeson paced UC San Diego’s 23-hit attack with four hits apiece as every Triton starter had at least one hit. Daniel Pembroke hit a fourth-inning solo home run for Dowling’s lone run. UC San Diego faces unbeaten Emporia State Thursday at 3 p.m. in a semifinal game. Dowling, which defeated UC San Diego in the opening round, is eliminated from the championship  NCAA Recap , UC San Diego Recap

Belmont Abbey 9, Mesa State 2
Justin Vasquez’s first inning three-run homer put Belmont Abbey ahead to stay and Andrew Morton went the distance to lead the Crusaders to the semifinal round. Morton scattered seven hits, striking out nine and waking one. Vasquez was 3-for-4 with four runs batted in, while Tyler McKenzie and Patrick Atwell drove in two runs apiece. Andrew Martinez and Marty Rover each had two hits for Mesa State. Belmont Abbey takes on unbeaten Lynn Thursday at 7 p.m. Mesa State, which defeated Belmont Abbey Saturday in the opening game of the tournament, is eliminated.  NCAA Recap , Belmont Abbey Recap , Photos from Abby Win

NCAA Division II College World Series Day 5 Notes

In other Awards announced yesterday, the 2009 ESPN Academic All-American team was announced.  This is done in conjunction with the College Sports Information Directors of America.  The awards span all 3 NCAA college baseball Divisions.  There was 1 player from the Northern Sun Conference named – Greg Laughlin of SW Minnesota State, who was named to the 3rd team.  ESPN All-Academic Team

Day 4 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tournament



Lynn 6, Dowling 5
Chad Crowe’s eighth-inning rbi-single broke a 5-5 tie and reliever Tommy Kahnle retired eight of the final nine batters he faced as Lynn remained unbeaten in the championship. Dowling rallied from a 5-2 deficit with three runs in the sixth as David Wendt’s two-out two-run single tied the game. A bizarre play in the top of the ninth wiped out a potential game-tying baserunner and Kahnle sealed the win with a groundout. Lynn advances to the winners’ bracket final Thursday at 7 p.m. Dowling takes on UC San Diego Wednesday at 7 p.m. in an elimination game and a rematch of the first round.  NCAA Recap  Lynn Recap


UC San Diego 8, West Chester 6
Matt Rossman took a three-hitter into the ninth inning and UC San Diego survived a furious rally to remain in the tournament. The Tritons built an 8-1 lead, but Matt Baer’s two-out pinch-hit grand slam home run in the top of the ninth put West Chester within striking range. RBI-singles in the bottom of the eighth by Josh Tanner and Brandon Gregorich proved to be the winning runs for the Tritons. UC San Diego plays another elimination game Wednesday at 3 p.m. against Dowling. West Chester is eliminated from the championship.  NCAA Recap  UC San Diego Recap

Day 4 Tournament Notes – Not much there today other than a note about #1 San Diego facing #2 West Chester in elimination bracket

The other news on the day was that the American Baseball Coaches Association announced their NCAA Division II All-American Teams.  ABCA All-Americans

There were 3 Northern Sun Conference players on the team – Joe Wendte (Wayne State) was on the 1st team, Eric Bond (Wayne State) was on the 2nd team and Jake Schmidt (Concordia) was on the 3rd team.

Day 3 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tournament



Emporia State 5, Mesa State 2
Ben Graham pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Caleb Williamson’s two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the third put Empoira State ahead to stay as the Hornets remained unbeaten. Graham took over in the top of the second and got a strikeout to escape a bases loaded jam after Mesa State took its first lead. Williamson went 4-for-4 for the Hornets. Emporia State advances to the winners’ bracket final Thursday at 3 p.m. Mesa State takes on Belmont Abbey Wednesday at 7 p.m. in an elimination game and a rematch of the tournament opener.  NCAA Recap  Emporia State Recap


Belmont Abbey 5, Grand Valley State 4
Spencer Sobol drove the first pitch through the left side for the game-winning bases-loaded rbi-single with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth as Belmont Abbey survived a frantic Grand Valley State rally to remain alive in the tournament. Michael Raymond pitched eight scoreless innings and recorded 13 strikeouts as Belmont Abbey built a 4-0 lead, but Ben Knuth’s two-run homer highlighted a four-run ninth inning for Grand Valley State. Belmont Abbey plays Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Mesa State. Grand Valley State is eliminated from the championship.  NCAA Recap  Belmont Abbey Recap

Day 3 NCAA Division II Tournament Notes – Lots of interesting tidbits if you are following the Tourney

Finally, Emporia State’s Josh Slaughter (Media Relations) is keeping a blog of the Hornets D2 College World Series experience which you can find here – Emporia Blog

Day 2 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tournament


Dowling 3, UC San Diego 1
National Pitcher of the Year Gabriel Duran took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with a complete game three-hitter to give Dowling a win. Joe Trainor’s rbi-single broke a scoreless tie and sparked a two-run fourth inning. Dowling plays Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Lynn/West Chester winner. UC San Diego faces the Lynn/West Chester loser in an elimination game Tuesday at 3 p.m.  Dowling – San Diego Recap or Dowling University Recap

Lynn 7, West Chester 3
Gabe McDougall belted a two-run homer and Dan Morgan pitched eight-plus innings to lead Lynn to a first-round victory. The Fighting Knights scored two runs each in the first, third and fourth innings. West Chester, which allowed only a combined six runs in the Atlantic Regional, had its 10-game winning streak snapped. West Chester faces UC San Diego Tuesday at 3 p.m. in an elimination game. Lynn takes on Dowling Tuesday at 7 p.m.  Lynn – West Chester Recap or Lynn University Recap

  • NCAA D2 College World Series Day 2 Notes – Day 2 Notes
  • The weather forecast for Raleigh, NC.  looks like there might be rain over the next 5 days – Raleigh 10 Day Forecast
  • Finally Ping!Baseball has released their updated rankings as of today.  They had moved UC San Diego to the top of the poll last week but with their loss to Dowling and Lynn’s continued strong showing against tough competition they have moved Lynn to #1 with Emporia & Mesa State at #2 & #3 respectively.  Those 2 teams are scheduled to meet today in an important matchup that will determine who’s in the drivers seat in Bracket #1.  Ping Poll – 5/25/09

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