Misericordia University won one out of three games while facing a tough draw in its first appearance at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Baseball World Series.
The Cougars suffered their first loss in a game against the eventual champion, the University of Texas at Tyler. Their other two games – an opening win and the elimination loss – were against top-seeded Randolph-Mason, the Virginia school that wound up finishing third.
Ian McCole made the d3baseball.com All-Tournament Team for throwing six scoreless innings while getting the win in the 4-2 victory over Randolph-Macon. He led the team in wins this season, going 8-1 with a 3.34 earned run average.
Misericordia finished 37-15 for the second-most wins in team history while winning an eighth straight Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom championship. After winning their first NCAA regional title, the Cougars picked up the first World Series win by an MAC team since Upsala in 1980.
Randolph-Macon eliminated Misericordia, 14-6, May 27 in Appleton, Wisc.
Texas-Tyler beat Misericordia, 7-3, May 26.
Kyle Melahn set a school record with his eighth save in the win over Randolph-Macon.
Misericordia had used a pair wins over Babson College, 6-5 and 11-1, May 21 to win the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
The successful season included the 400th win of coach Pete Egbert’s career. Egbert won 91 games in five seasons at Fitchburg State (Mass.) and now has 326 in 11 seasons at Misericordia.
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