No. 15 Birmingham-Southern falls to Chapman in National Championship series

Photo by Steve Frommell, d3photography.com
Photo by Steve Frommell, d3photography.com

Courtesy of d3baseball.com

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 4, 2019) – Chapman pitching led the way in the Panthers second NCAA Division III College World Series title as they shut out Birmingham-Southern 11-0 in the second game of the National Championship series. Chapman won Game 1, 6-4

The story of the final game started out to be Birmingham-Southern pitcher Hanan Mauldin. Mauldin pitched six no-hit innings until he was lifted in favor of Richie Misischia to start the seventh. The BSC offense could not provide him any runs as his counterpart for Chapman, Mason Collins was pitching zeros.

Once Mauldin left, the Chapman offense took over, making a tense 1-0 game through six innings to a blowout by the end of the ninth.

Chapman managed a no-hit run from Mauldin in the sixth and followed with a two spot in the seventh as the offense warmed up.

Chapman did all their damage in the eighth as they tacked on eight runs to blow the game open.

Game One

Jimenez's third-inning home run streaked to the short porch in left field as it skirted the foul pole and bounced off the picnic tables back on to the field. The big fly was the first one hit by a Chapman player in the World Series.

Birmingham-Southern drew first blood with a run in the first. Brian Williams was hit by a pitch to open the frame and scored on Tyler Wise's triple. Tyler Hamel followed with a sacrifice fly to the right fielder, plating Wise.

The BSC lead did not last long as Chapman responded with a two-run spot in the top of the second. Jimenez singled to open the frame and the BSC starter, John Michael Shirley, followed with two strikeouts. Jarod Penniman walked and an error on the third baseman allowed Wong to load the sacks. Alex Tsuruda's safety brought home Jimenez and Penniman for a 2-1 lead.

Both teams traded runs in the third. Chapman got one on Jimenez's home run and scratched out one of their own. Williams, who entered the day with a .529 on-base percentage for the series, walked for the second time of the day. He advanced to second when Wise was hit by Tyler Peck. Hamel's drive to right scored Williams to draw within one run of Chapman's lead.

Following goose eggs in the fourth, Chapman added three in the fifth. Littwin doubled to left center and scored on Henry Zeisler's first hit of the game. A safety by Jimenez and a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. After a flyout, Trevor Maars, with only his fourth hit of the season, knocked in both Zeisler and Jimenez to increase his RBI total to three on the season.

Birmingham-Southern added a single run in the fifth. Hamel line drive to right center found the turf for a leadoff double. He came around to score on and A.J. Hunt single to the centerfielder.

BSC threatened in the eighth inning when their first two runners reached base. This ended Tyler Peck's day and head coach Scott Lavery brought in Nick Garcia, the Panthers closer. Garcia shut the door with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to third.

Birmingham-Southern made it interesting in the ninth bringing the winning run to the plate. Luke DePiero singled and took second when a balk was accessed. Richie Misischa drew a walk and was erased by Cole Stedman's fielders choice, setting up runners on the corners. Williams hit a grounder that the shortstop leaped for and was unable to toss it to Aaron Wong covering before Steadman slid in safely into second. DePiero scored on the play, but that was all the scoring BSC could muster as Garcia closed the door and earn his 12th save of the season, his third of the tournament.

All-Tournament Team

SP - from Chapman University, Sr., Mason Collins

SP - from Chapman University, Sr., Jonathan Hernandez

SP - from Heidelberg University, Jr., Trevor Adkins

RP - from Chapman University, So., Nick Garcia

RP - from Chapman University, So., Cody Turner

P - from Johns Hopkins University, Sr. Josh Hejka

C - from Chapman University, Jr., Joe Jimenez

1B - from Chapman University, So., Henry Zeisler

2B - from Chapman University, Jr., Aaron Wong

3B - from Birmingham-Southern College, So., Brian Williams

SS - from Birmingham-Southern College, So., Alfredo Granier

OF – from Chapman University, Fr. Brad Shimabuku

OF – from Babson College, Jr., Jake Oliger

OF - from Johns Hopkins University, Graduate Student, Chris DeGiacomo

DH – from UMass Boston, Sr., Kyle Boudrias

And the 2019 Most Outstanding Player, As voted by the members of the media, is:

Chapman University, So., Henry Zeisler

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