SAUGET, Ill. — Wartburg College fought off elimination once Saturday, but couldn’t do it twice as the Knights bowed out of the NCAA Division III Central Regional baseball tournament.
Wartburg (33-14) outlasted Washington University of St. Louis 1-0 in 12 innings Saturday afternoon, but fell to Birmingham Southern Saturday night 6-1 and saw its season come to an end.
In the first game, Jacob Thumann opened the Knights’ 12th with a walk and advanced to third on Cody Hyler’s single. Thumann then raced home on Mike Brown’s groundout to second for the walk-off win.
Hyler’s hit was just the third of the game for Wartburg (33-13), which was handcuffed on one hit through the first nine innings by the Bears’ Scott Nelson.
However, Taylor Gilson and Austin Bohling were equally effective. Gilson fired seven shutout innings before Bohling took over in the eighth and went the rest of the way.
The Bears (27-10) had a runner on second in the sixth when Ted Daley stroked a two-out single to right, but Thumann gunned down Tate Maider at the plate.
In the top of the ninth, Washington had runners on first and second with one out, but Wartburg turned a double play to end the threat.
The second game was 1-1 after five innings, but Birmingham Southern (39-9) grabbed the lead with a run in the sixth, then tacked on three more in the seventh.
The Panthers advanced top Sunday’s regional championship, where they will have to defeat North Central twice to move on to the Division III World Series.
WARTBURG 1, WASH. U. 0
Wash. U. 000 000 000 000 — 0 7 0
Wartburg 000 000 000 001 — 1 3 1
Nelson, Clohisy (10), Margolin (12) and Maider. Gilson, Bohling (8) and Hyler. WP—Bohling (6-1). LP—Margolin (9-2).
Records: Wartburg 33-13, Washington U. 27-10.
BIRM. SOUTH. 6, WARTBURG 1
Birm. South. 100 001 310 — 6 12 0
Wartburg 000 100 000 — 1 8 1
Hammond, Fuller (6) and Hunt. Knouse, Tomkins (7), Huber (8), Nadermann (9) and Hyler. WP—Hammond (2-1). LP—Knouse (2-2). Sv—Fuller (6). 2B—Wise (BS), Hovick (Wart). 3B—Wise (BS).
Records: Wartburg 33-14, Birmingham Southern 39-9.