For the 7th time this post season the Emporia State baseball team avoids elimination with a 3-0 win over Augustana at the NCAA Central Regional Tournament Saturday.
The Hornets scored all 3 runs in the top of the 9th. With the bases loaded and no one out Justin Harris scored Emporia States first run on a balk call. Dean Long scored the second run on a wild pitch. Toby Cornejo scored the third run on the same play on a throwing error by the catcher.
Shawn Talkington was the winning pitcher going 2 and third innings giving up 1 hit, striking out 3 and walking 1. Starter Travis Hendry went 6 and third innings giving up 4 hits, striking ou 6 and walked 1.
Augustana starting pitcher Tyson Gau pitched 8 innings giving up the 3 runs, all unearned, on 3 hits with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks. Emporia State improves to 42-18, Augustana finishes 41-16.
Emporia State is next scheduled to play Sunday at 1pm against Minnesota State. They will need to defeat the Mavericks twice to advance to the Division II World Series. Minnesota State eliminated Arkansas Tech 5-2 Saturday night.