Swarth­more ral­lies for NCAA tour­ney win

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS -

Swarth­more must liv­ing on the edge.

The Gar­net came from be­hind twice to beat Johns Hop­kins to win its first Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship in base­ball two weeks ago and con­tin­ued that trend in its first trip to the NCAA Divi­sion III tour­na­ment in 33 years.

Jack­son Roberts’ three­run home run in the top of the eighth in­ning was the big blow as the fifth-seeded Gar­net ral­lied for an 11-6 vic­tory over fourth-seeded Bald­win Wal­lace in the first game of the New York Re­gional at Fal­con Park in Auburn, N.Y.

It was Swarth­more’s first NCAA tour­na­ment win since a 4-3 tri­umph over Methodist in the losers bracket por­tion of the 1985 Mid-At­lantic Re­gional.

The win earns Swarth­more (34-9) a win­ners bracket date with topseeded SUNY-Cort­land at 4:30 Fri­day after­noon. The like Red Dragons topped No. 8 West­field State in 10 in­nings, 5-4.

With Swarth­more down, 6-5, Roberts blasted his ninth homer of the sea­son over the fence in left field to tie team­mate Charles Le­vitt for the team lead and the pro­gram sin­gle-sea­son record in home runs. The Gar­net tacked on an­other run af­ter that and two more in the top of the ninth.

Roberts fin­ished 4-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored to pace a 17hit at­tack. Cole Beeker was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Le­vitt scored three times while go­ing 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Lead­off man A.J. Liu was 4-for-5 with three runs scored. The top five hit­ters for Swarth­more were a com­bined 14-for-25 with seven RBIs and 10 runs scored.

Jack Cork­ery worked 1.2 in­nings out of the bullpen to get the win.

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