GRAND PRAIRIE, TX. — And then there were four.
Wednesday’s action saw two more elimination games, which means there are two less teams remain at the DII Baseball Championship in Grand Prairie.
UC San Diego and Lindenwood played the matinee. After trailing by six-runs early, UC San Diego came out early and made a statement, scoring five runs in the first two innings. Lindenwood put a scare into them after the third, but the top four hitters in the lineup made sure to put it away.
Jack Larsen, Brandon Shirley, Tyler Durna and Alex Eliopulos combined to go 12-for-19 with nine RBI and seven runs as the Tritons advance.
The nightcap had to big-hitting teams in Delta State and Colorado Mesa. Instead of fireworks, fans were treated to a pitching duel.
Mesa’s Chris Ramirez and Delta State’s Peyton White were evenly matched through five innings, before a big two-run sixth opened the game a bit for the Mavericks.
Kevan Elcock’s three-run moonshot to left was all that the Mavericks needed. The home run put Colorado Mesa up 6-1, giving Ramirez all he needed.
St. Thomas Aquinas and UC San Diego kick off Thursday’s games at 4 PM. NCAA.com is live, pregame to postgame, with all the day’s festivities, so stay stay right here for live updates all day long.
This tournament is wide open. Delta State was the only No. 1 seed to advance from its region. Quincy, Lindenwood, St. Thomas Aquinas and UC San Diego all present compelling underdog stories. West Chester and North Georgia are two of the hottest teams in DII. And Colorado Mesa hasn’t stopped hitting the cover off the ball since February.