DALLAS — The Misericordia University baseball team defeated Babson College twice Monday to win the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship and earn its first trip to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III College World Series.
Misericordia (36-13) headed to Appleton, Wisc. where the World Series is scheduled to start Friday afternoon.
Drake Koch was named Most Outstanding Player of the regional while Tyler Holzapfel, Alec Iurato, Dan Zurowski, Parker Abate and Kyle Melahn all made the all-tournament team.
Holzapfel went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored in the 11-1 romp in the afternoon championship game. Iurato drove in two runs.
Zurowski pitched the final three innings for saves twice in the same day, beginning with the 6-5 win with the Cougars facing potential elimination in the morning.
Misericordia entered the tournament in York as the nation’s 21st-ranked team. The Cougars beat second-ranked Rowan College, 6-5, on the way to the final against 23rd-ranked Babson.
Melahn got the championship game start and worked six innings, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out three.
WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
Misericordia finished third May 17 in the ECAC Championships at Johns Hopkins University.
Clare Schoen, an NCAA Division III nationals qualifier, won the women’s 1,500-meter run title in 4:40.31.
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