Day 5 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tourney Final 4

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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

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