The Tiger Baseball Season Ends a Game Short of the Conference Championship

Iowa Wesleyan- The Iowa Wesleyan baseball team ended up one run short of the Continental Athletic Conference (CAC) championship but finished the season 22-22 and third in the CAC after falling to Fisher College 11-10 after 11 innings.

The #4 seed Tigers started the CAC tournament against the #1 seed Georgia Gwinnet College on Saturday. The Grizzlies proved why they are ranked 5th in the NAIA after taking down the Tigers 14-0 after 7 innings. Carlos Vicente led the team with two hits in the game. The Grizzlies defeated Fisher College in the second round 19-1 after 7 innings to earn a chance to play in the championship game.

In this double elimination tournament, the Tigers had to win two more games to make it to the championship game. The first stop on this journey was against Florida National University. After giving up one run in the top of the 1st, the Tigers put up four runs in the bottom of the 1st starting with a David Amaya double. Froymer Ortega picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly and Rylee Rankin added his own RBI double. The Tigers would keep up the offensive dominance and win 9-5. Ortega would pick up another RBI; Holvin Catala and Vicente would each tally an RBI as Cauy Massner got the win striking out six.

Iowa Wesleyan would then face off against the #2 seed Fisher College. The game was knotted at four heading into the 5th inning, before the Tigers would score six runs between the 5th and 6th innings. Vicente added another two RBIs to his total along with Marrufo and Guerrero. Unfortunately, the Tigers would give up the 10-5 lead in the bottom of the 9th as the game was now destined for extra innings. Iowa Wesleyan would strand a runner on third base in the top of the 11th and a single by the Falcons Ivanuel Hernandez would walk it off for an 11-10 finale.

The championship game between Georgia Gwinnett and Fisher will be played tomorrow at noon. If the Falcons win, then another game will be played 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.