May 21, 2012 at 7:59 am
TYLER, TX (KNSI) – An opening game loss to host Tyler JC put the St. Cloud Technical and Community College baseball team in the loser's bracket, but the Cyclones managed an elimination game win and remain in the hunt for an NJCAA DIII championship in the double elimination tournament.
Every game is an elimination game from now on for the Cyclones who will try to keep things rolling against Niagra beginning Monday at 4 p.m.
Nerves may have contributed to the stifling of the normally potent Cyclone bats in the tournament's opening game, a 7-0 loss to the Tyler JC Apaches. The SCTCC line-up mustered just four hits and five total base-runners against Tyler pitching in the opening game of the tournament. Top hitters Ryan Schneider and Jonathan Traetow both posted an uncharacteristic 0-for-7 in the middle of the line-up
On the hill, Schneider kept the team in the game through seven innings until the Apaches exploded for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to seal the Cyclones fate.
In their first game on the brink of elimination, the offense bounced right back to keep the season alive with a 6-3 win over Nassau. The Cyclones scored four runs in the first four innings against the Lions. Schneider and Traetow combined for three hits and three RBI while short-stop Luke Fobbe posted a three hit day, scored two runs and drove in two.
Corey Fitzgerald held Nasasau scoreless through the first six innings of the game. Fitzgerald did give up the three late runs, one earned, but struck out nine in route to the victory.
In other tournament action, Joliet and Northern Essex meet Monday as the only two undefeated teams left in the tournament. Meanwhile, Gloucester and Tyler JC square off in an elimination game earlier in the afternoon.