Swarthmore rallies for NCAA tourney win
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.