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No. 2-seed Lindsey Wilson Shutout by No. 1-seed LSU Shreveport 1-0

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Blue Raiders still alive and play an elimination game at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday

NAIA Baseball Championship Central

PADUCAH, Ky. — For just the second time this season, the No. 2-seed Lindsey Wilson baseball team was shutout, losing to top-seeded LSU Shreveport 1-0 on Friday in the opening round of the NAIA Baseball National Championship on Doc Hideg Field at Brooks Stadium.

The Blue Raiders are now 1-1 in the opening round and will face the winner between No. 3-seed Bellevue (Neb.) and No. 4-seed Peru State (Neb.) in an elimination game on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.

While it was just the second shutout loss of the season for Lindsey Wilson (42-15), it was also just the second time the Pilots (50-4) have won by scoring just one run. LSU Shreveport entered the game leading the NAIA in runs per game at 9.4.

Both starting pitchers threw complete games with Pilot starter Jared Mortensen scattering just four hits and striking out 10 batters to improve to 11-1 on the season. Lindsey Wilson‘sDarren Travers allowed just the one run and seven hits while striking out three as he fell to 8-3 overall.

Shortstop Leandro Perez, left fielder Adam Peacock, first baseman Manuel Ozoria and catcher Alex Harper all recorded hits for the Blue Raiders. LSU Shreveport first baseman Greg Friesen tallied three hits and drove in the winning run.

While much of the game turned into a pitcher’s duel, it was LSU Shreveport that provided the early fireworks, scoring the game’s first run in the top of the first inning.

Lindsey WilsonTravers gave up a double to catcher David Dorton to start the game and his courtesy runner, Jacob Lopez, later came around to score on Friesen’s single.

After that run on two hits, the teams flew through seven scoreless innings before the next offense was generated at the plate for the Blue Raiders.

With Travers in a groove, Lindsey Wilson reached the bottom of the ninth inning looking for a run to tie the game and got just what it needed with a leadoff single by Harper.

Perez delivered a sacrifice bunt in the next at bat, moving courtesy runner Kyle O’Hara to second base with one out. Peacock followed Perez with a single hit deep to right-center field, but O’Hara was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second.

The comeback effort came to a close in the next at-bat with center fielder Manuel Alonso flying out to right field.

With the win, the Pilots advance to Saturday’s championship game as the only team in the Paducah bracket without a loss.

 

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