Adrian, Mich. – The top-seeded Indiana Tech baseball team fell to fifth-seeded Siena Heights University 4-3 in Friday’s Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Tournament championship game.
The Saints erased a three run deficit before getting a walk-off single from Kyle Benschoter in the bottom of the ninth to take home the WHAC Tournament crown.
Tech took advantage of an SHU error in the second inning to go up 2-0 and added a run later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by junior Adam Crall (Churubusco, IN/Kellogg).
The Saints cut into the lead with two runs in the fourth and scratched a run across to tie the game in the sixth inning.
The Warriors looked to regain the lead in the seventh, getting runners to second and third with two outs, but Siena Heights escaped the inning with no damage done.
After a quiet eighth, the Saints got their leadoff batter aboard in the ninth and immediately sacrificed him to second. Two batters later, the Saints walked off with the victory on Benschoter’s two-out, RBI single up the middle, bringing in the winning run.
Siena Heights’ starter Matt King went the distance, holding the Warriors scoreless and giving up just two hits after surrendering the two runs in the second inning.
Tech junior Aaron Lewellyn (Danville, IL/Danville Area) worked five innings allowing three runs on five hits. Lucas McDaniel (Walnut Creek, CA/Los Medanos) took the loss after throwing three inning of solid relief.
After having their backs against the wall once they dropped the first game of the tournament, the Warriors showed their toughness, battling back with two straight wins to get back to the championship game but fell just short of their goal of a fourth straight WHAC Tournament title.
Siena Heights earns the conference’s automatic bid into the 2012 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round while the Warriors will await a possible at-large selection.
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