ATLANTA (April 21, 2018) – With wins on Saturday, No. 1 seed Berry and No. 2 seed Rhodes advanced to next weekend's Southern Athletic Association (SAA) baseball championship round.
That best of two out of three series will take place in Rome, Ga., on the campus of Berry.
Behind four Vikings with multiple-hit outings and a great pitching performance from Dylan Beasley (1-2), Berry rolled to a 12-0 victory over the visiting Millsaps.
With his two hits in the game, Jacob Delk has tied the Berry NCAA Division III era record for hits in a season at 65.
Three separate RBI doubles in the first inning from Delk, Spence Johns and Casey Whitaker gave the Vikings an early 3-0 lead. Zach Walch would bring home Will Deems with a double of his own in the second inning to bring it to 4-0, and Berry stretched it out in the bottom of the fourth, piling on seven additional runs on eight hits to bring the score to 11-0. A fifth inning RBI single to right field from Whitaker would bring the final mark to 12-0.
Berry tallied 16 overall hits in the game, giving up eight hits while committing zero errors to ensure the 12-0 shutout victory.
Four runs in the final two innings, led host Rhodes to a 6-2 victory over Centre, Saturday. With the score tied 2-2, Will Heurtin singled through the left side in the bottom of the seventh which broke a 2-2 tie. The Lynx then added three more runs an inning later off a two-RBI single by Zac Lange and an RBI double from Jacob Telli.
The Lynx hitters were backed by strong pitching performances from starter Jacob Dubs and relievers Nathan Mirochnick, Alex Garrett, and Carter King. All four Rhodes pitchers allowed only a combined six hits and two runs.