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Eagles thrilling Tournament run ends vs Raiders in Championship

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MEQUON, Wis. – The No. five seeded Edgewood College baseball team stunned the loser’s bracket in the 2022 NACC Tournament, winning three straight games over No. six seeded Concordia Chicago, No. one seeded Aurora University, and No. four seeded St. Norbert College to advance to the championship series against No. three seeded MSOE on Saturday afternoon. Edgewood College began day three at the tournament with a thrilling 12-7 victory over St. Norbert. In a battle for the championship, the Eagles took a 2-0 lead over unbeaten MSOE, which held until the eighth frame. Despite a hard-fought battle, the Raiders earned a walk-off victory in extra innings (4-2) for the 2022 NACC Tournament Title.

EAGLES 12, GREEN KNIGHTS 7

– Coming into Saturday St. Norbert College (19-19) owned a 3-0 record against Edgewood College (24-21) in the 2022 season. St. Norbert had most recently earned a 7-4 win in the tournament over the Eagles. Edgewood College, rolling with confidence, was unphased by history, as they notched 16 hits and scored 12 runs to earn a spot in the championship series.

– The Eagles bats were confident against the St. Norbert pitchers. The Edgewood College offense broke open in the third inning, scoring four runs for a 4-1 lead over the Green Knights. The Eagles first run came on an RBI single from Connor Goodwin, scoring Ryan Ambrosy from second base. A trio of RBI singles from Joseph Kalafut, Jacob Slonim, and Adam Cairo scored the next three Eagle runs.

– In the bottom of the fourth inning St. Norbert responded with a four-run frame of their own. The Green Knights took a 5-1 lead into the fifth inning, but another RBI single from Kalafut tied things up at five a piece.

– Edgewood College went on to tack on three runs in both the sixth and eighth innings, as well as one run in the ninth frame. St. Norbert added runs in the seventh and ninth but it wasn’t enough to catch the Eagles.

– Not only were the Eagles bats hot, but their defense solid. It began in the third frame with bases loaded. Slonim, Ambrosy, and Alex Prindle combined for an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Green Knights knocked a single to left field with runners on first and second. Adam Cairo made a picture perfect throw to Eagles catcher Carson Richter, who applied the tag and ended the inning on a fabulous play at the plate. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Cairo made a gem of a diving play in left center field to rob the Green Knights of a hit and end the inning with no damage.

– Kalafut went 4-for-5 with a run and career-high six RBI. Kalafut’s performance ties the single-game NACC Tournament record for runs batted in. Ambrosy went 2-for-2 with a walk, three runs, and an RBI. Carson Richter notched two hits and a triple. Sagan and Goodwin each recorded two hits. All 10 of the Eagle batters notched a hit in the victory, seven recorded an RBI, and six crossed home plate.

Ben Collier was the winning pitcher, recording five innings on the mound in relief and only allowing three hits from the Green Knights.

RAIDERS 4, EAGLES 2 – 10 INNINGS

– Edgewood College rolled into the championship game with lots of confidence and momentum. The Eagles struck first, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning. The 2-0 lead would hold through three and a half innings. Kyle Sagan got things going for the Eagles, knocking a double down the right field line and becoming the second runner in scoring position for both teams. Kalafut stepped up to the plate and blasted a double to right center field, scoring Sagan. Cairo put down a bunt later in the inning, reaching on an error by the pitcher. Kalafut scored the second run as a result of the play.

– The Edgewood College defense continued to churn out stellar defensive plays. The Eagles turned two double plays in the contest, both inning-ending. MSOE scored two runs in the eighth inning, to tie things up. In the bottom of the ninth inning, with runners on first and second Beauchamp came up to the plate for the Raiders. Beauchamp knocked what appeared to be a single to center field and would have ended the Eagles hopes in nine innings, but the shortstop Ambrosy made a stellar play on the ball to keep the Eagles hopes alive and send the game into extra innings.

– Ultimately, MSOE took the win and won the NACC Tournament on a two-run home run to right field in the bottom of the tenth inning.

– Kalafut led the Eagles at the plate and on the mound. The junior recorded two hits, a run, an RBI, and a double. Kalafut got the start and went eight innings deep, striking out seven Raiders and scattering three hits. Sagan added a double, while Prindle recorded the Eagles fourth hit and improved his single-season record of reaching base to 41 games.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

– It was an historic season for Edgewood College baseball. The Eagles finished the season with a 24-21 record, the most wins since the 2010 season. In addition, their three wins in the 2022 NACC Tournament is the most in program history, as well as best winning percentage in the NACC era. The Eagles reached the tournament championship series for just the second time. In 2010, only four teams earned berths to the tournament and the Eagles played Aurora for the NAC Championship. 

– Kalafut finished the 2022 NACC Tournament with 12 RBI, which ties three other players for fourth best all time in the tournament.

– Sagan finishes tied for the third best single season on base percentage in history. Kalafut ties Jimmy Landwehr (2010) for the most at bats (174) and ties Alex Jaskulski (2013) for the most hits (65), both in a single season. Kalafut also set the record for the most doubles in a season (22) against Illinois Tech on May 7. Sagan finished the season with 34 walks, the most in program history.

Conner Dunfee set the single season record for saves (6) back on May 7. Garrett Redner recorded 18 appearances, which ties for most in program history.





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