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Posted by Ashley Kirkman - Wed, May 17, 2017 - [ Baseball ] - Viewed 458 times

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Third-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.) split two games on Wednesday afternoon, starting the day with an 8-6 win over fourth-seeded Friends (Kan.). The Tigers then fell to top-seeded Oklahoma City in the championship game of the Oklahoma City Bracket, 17-16 in 10 innings.

Campbellsville finishes its season with a record of 35-21 overall.

Game 1: Campbellsville 8, Friends 6

Friends struck first with a run in the bottom of the third inning, without recording a hit. Jordan Burnett was hit by a pitch to start the inning and he came around to score after a sacrifice bunt and two wild pitches.

Campbellsville answered with its first run in the fourth inning after a solo home run from Romello Carbuccia after falling behind 0-2 in the at bat. Marlor Villafana gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead in the fifth, after its second-straight leadoff home run.

The Falcons (33-22) answered back in its half of the fifth inning with Stefan Aguilar starting the inning with a double to centerfield and he scored on an error to make it 2-2.

In the sixth inning, the two teams combined to scored nine runs, as Campbellsville came out of the sixth inning with a 7-6 lead. The long ball continued to lead the Tigers as David Montoya hit a two-run homer, followed by Villafana's second home run of the game. Two batters later, Riley Joyce hit the Campbellsville's fifth home run of the game to put the Tigers on top, 7-2.

Friends scored its four runs on five hits and a Campbellsville error to pull within a run. A trio of doubles sparked the rally for the Falcons and two of the four runs came in on RBI doubles in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Tigers tacked on an insurance run the seventh inning with Brett Hamilton tripling to right field with two outs and he came into score on a wild pitch to give Campbellsville an 8-6 advantage.

Neither team pushed a run across over the final two innings and the Tigers staved off elimination and won, 8-6.

Kirby Broadbent (5-0) earned the win for Campbellsville pitching the first five innings and allowed four runs – three earned – on four hits and he posted nine strikeouts. Nick Johnston earned the save throwing the final 3-1/3 innings surrendering just three hits and recording six strikeouts.

Devontae Wilson (4-4) tossed 5-2/3 innings in the loss giving up seven hits and seven runs for the Falcons.

Game 2: Oklahoma City 17, Campbellsville 16 – 10 innings

After falling 19-5 to the Stars (48-8) on Tuesday, Campbellsville took Oklahoma City to extra innings in the championship game of the Oklahoma City Bracket.

The Stars scored in the home half of the first inning on an single from Shaun Corso, which allowed Joe Lytle to score on the play.

Home runs continued to lead the Tiger offense on Wednesday, with Carlos Garmendia sending a solo-shot out to centerfield to tie the game, 1-1, after two innings of play.

Campbellsville then scored three time in the third inning to take a 4-1 lead, as it recorded just one hit in the frame. Gramendia had the lone hit in the inning with a two-run home run to centerfield for his second long ball of the game.

Oklahoma City matched the Tigers with three runs on one hit in the bottom of the third inning. All three runs for the Stars were scored after a bases loaded walk.

In the fourth inning, Oklahoma City added four more runs to its total on three hits. Campbellsville cut into its deficit with a run in the top of the fifth inning after Matthew Valdez scored on a bases loaded walk.

The offense for the Stars continued to shine as it took an 11-5 lead over the Tigers with three more runs in the fifth inning. Hunter Aguirre delivered the three runs with a three-run home run out to right field with one out in the inning.

Campbellsville did not go away quietly with five runs in the top of the seventh inning to cut Oklahoma City's lead to 11-10. Garmendia drove in a run with a single to left field, and Carbuccia scored on walk with the bases loaded.

Garmendia came into score with one out in the seventh inning on fielder's choice from Villafana. Diego Reyenoso capped off the scoring for the Tigers with a two-run single to centerfield driving in Hamilton and Montoya.

Hamilton later delivered the game-tying run on a single to left field in the eighth inning with two outs. Clay Valenzuela-Reece scored from second base on Hamilton's single to tie the game at 11.

Neither team could find the winning run in the ninth inning to push the contest into extra innings.

The offenses for both teams came back alive in extras, starting with Campbellsville scoring five runs on four hits. Hamilton drove in two more runs with a single to left field with the bases loaded and Montoya put the Tigers ahead 16-11 with a three-run home run to left field. The Stars got the final two outs and left two runners on base.

After being held scoreless over the previous four innings, Oklahoma City scored six runs in the bottom of the 10th inning. The Stars scored its first three runs of the inning on two sacrifice flies and a wild pitch.

With two outs in the inning and the bases loaded, Corso singled down the left field line clearing the bases and the Stars walked off with a 17-16 victory over Campbellsville to move on to the Avista-NAIA World Series.

The Tigers had six different pitchers take the mound with Clayton Carrico (0-1) receiving his first decision of the season allowing four runs on a hit in 2/3 innings of work.

Bryce Milligan (3-0) picked up the win getting the final two outs in the top of the 10th inning giving up just one hit. Oklahoma City sent five different players to the mound in the game.

Campbellsville finishes its season with a 35-21 record.