Top 20 Moments - Baseball
BASEBALL - MOMENT #20
May 13, 1996
For the first time in conference history, the SCAC sends two representatives to compete in the field of 32 at the 1996 NCAA Division III Baseball Championships. Southwestern University is seeded third in the Midwest Regional and Millsaps College is seeded fourth in the South Regional.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #19
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior pitcher Andy Cain caps the most dominating single season effort ever by a SCAC starting pitcher, finishing with 14 wins and a 1.42 ERA in 127.0 innings of work with 132 strikeouts. To date, he holds the season-season records for wins, innings and ERA and his 1.42 ERA is good for third all-time.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #18
May 16, 2002
Trinity University scores three runs in the first inning and two more in the third en route to a 7-1 victory over Southwestern University in first round action of the NCAA Division III West Regionals played on the campus of Southwestern. It is the first time in league history (and remains the only time) that two SCAC baseball teams have faced each other in the NCAA Tournament.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #17
June 10, 2009
For the first time in league history, the SCAC has two players drafted the same season in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Trinity University senior pitcher Evan Bronson is drafted by the Washington Nationals in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Bronson, a left-hander, was the first pick of the 29th round, and the 862nd overall selection. He was drafted in the 36th round in 2008 by the Milwaukee Brewers, but elected to return to Trinity for his final season. He finished the collegiate season with a 5-5 record and a 4.22 ERA, along with one save.
Oglethorpe University sophomore pitcher Daniel Sarisky is selected by the Houston Astros in the 40th Round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Sarisky, a sophomore, was dominant on the mound this season for Oglethorpe. In 15 appearances, Sarisky compiled a 5-1 record with a sparkling 2.68 ERA. Additionally, Sarisky struck out an astonishing 65 batters in only 40.1 innings while walking only 14 opponents. Bronson and Sarisky become just the eighth and ninth players in CAC/SCAC history (since 1987) to be selected in the MLB Draft.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #16
May 20, 2006
Entering the region final as the last undefeated team and needing just one win to advance to the NCAA Division III World Series, Millsaps College suffered two heartbreaking losses to Aurora (Ill.) University – a team it had defeated earlier in the tournament – and was eliminated from the 2006 NCAA Baseball Central Regionals. The Majors lost the first game 8-6 and then 12-11 in the second – battling back from a 10-2 deficit to tie the game at 11 only to give up the game-deciding run in the ninth. Millsaps ended the season with a 37-13 record.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #15
October 11, 2010
Former Millsaps College outfielder Hunter Owen (2005-2009) is named to the D3baseball.com All-Decade Team. The All-Decade team consists of 52 players and coaches representing the best players in the decade. Owen, who won back-to-back SCAC Player of the Year honor in 2007 and 2008, finished his career with a .382 batting average and 201 hits – making him one of just 26 players at the time to reach the 200 career hit milestone. He also finished second all-time in SCAC history with 41 home runs, tied for sixth with 55 doubles and fifth all-time with 186 RBI’s. He also led the conference (2007-2009) in homeruns for three straight years, a feat that no one else in SCAC history has matched.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #14
April 26-29, 2001
DePauw University serves as host for the 2001 SCAC Spring Sports Festival, its first chance to host the annual season-ending conference event since joining the league in 1998, and the Tigers make good use of the home field advantage, winning the 2001 baseball championship by defeating Southwestern 8-4 in Sunday’s title game. The Pirates beat the Tigers 7-1 in Sunday’s first game to force the winner-take-all championship game. DePauw is the first team from the Eastern Division to win SCAC baseball championship since Millsaps won the title in 1994 and earned the school’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 1979. For just the second time in league history, the SCAC gets a second team in the NCAA Baseball Tournament field as Southwestern receives an at-large berth.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #13
May 14-16, 1998
After winning its first two games at the NCAA Division III West Regional in Abilene, all Southwestern University needed was one victory over California-Lutheran on Saturday – a team it had defeated 8-6 on Friday – to advance to the Division III World Series. However, it wasn’t meant to be as the Pirates lost twice (11-3 and 10-6) in the championship round to the Kingsmen.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #12
April 14, 2009
For the first time in the program's 101-year history, the Millsaps College baseball team is ranked No. 1 in all of Division III by D3baseball.com, overtaking previously top-ranked Eastern Connecticut State with a 4-0 week. Off to their best start in school history at 30-4 overall with four regular season games to play, the Majors jumped two spots from No. 3 to No. 1 by earning 597 total points and 10 first-place votes.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #11
Peter Austin of Millsaps College is drafted in the 40th round (#1,202 overall) of the 1997 Major League Baseball draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates – making him the first SCAC student-athlete to be taken by a professional team in its amateur draft.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #10
April 29, 2007
Austin College made history at the 2007 Baseball Championship, scoring the first SCAC Championship for the school as the ‘Roos swept through the tournament undefeated to claim the conference crown. Austin’s inaugural conference campaign was punctuated with a 9-7 victory over 15th-ranked Millsaps in the title game, which was played on the campus of Southwestern University as part of the 45th-annual SCAC Spring Sports Festival. Sophomore catcher Patrick Ray hit .429 (6-14) in three games for Austin College, including tournament-highs of three home runs, eight runs scored and 17 total bases.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #9
April 26, 2009
Hendrix College first-year pitcher Caleb Schallawitz holds a powerful Trinity University offense to one run on only three hits and strikes out two in an 11-1, seven-inning victory that gives the Warriors their first-ever SCAC baseball championship and the school's first men's SCAC championship in any sport. The Warriors went through the tournament undefeated and earned the SCAC's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship. Schallawitz dominated a Tiger offense that totaled 68 hits and averaged 12 runs per game in their four previous SCAC Tournament games and came into the SCAC tournament ranked fifth in the nation in runs scored. The Warriors pounded out 18 hits, which included at least one hit by everyone in the lineup, and did most of its damage thanks to a four run third inning and a four run fourth inning.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #8
April 27-30, 2006
After Millsaps College forced a second and deciding game with an 18-10 victory over Trinity University on the final day of the SCAC baseball tournament, rain caused the cancellation of the final, creating a co-championship between the Millsaps and Trinity. It was the first time since 1990 – when the league used a round-robin format to determine its champion – that the conference baseball tournament has ended with a split champion. Ironically, the same schools that tied in 1990 are the same that finished as co-champions on this occasion. With its eight baseball titles, Millsaps equals Centre College for the most all-time CAC/SCAC baseball championships.
By virtue of its better division record, Trinity is awarded the league’s NCAA AQ. A few weeks later, Millsaps finds out it has been awarded an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #7
May 20, 1995
Millsaps College is selected to the 32-team field of the 1995 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship. Millsaps’ selection marks the first invitation for the school as well as the SCAC. The Majors go 1-2 at the South Regional, defeating Bridgewater (Va.) 5-4 in 11 innings between bookend losses to N.C. Wesleyan (7-2 / 16-6).
BASEBALL - MOMENT #6
April 24-27, 2003
At the 2003 SCAC Baseball Championship, held in conjunction with the Spring Sports Festival on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Millsaps College defeats Southwestern University, 11-8, in a 10-inning thriller to capture the SCAC baseball championship. The Majors held an 8-5 lead entering the bottom of the ninth, but Southwestern rallied for three to tie the game. After knotting the score at eight, the Pirates had the bases loaded with just one out but Millsaps freshman Tal Hendrix forced a fielder’s choice ground out to second base and a fly out to right field to cause extra innings - the first time (and only time since) that the SCAC baseball title game has gone into extra innings. The win gave the Majors their first SCAC baseball title since 1994.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #5
April 21-23, 1994
At the 1994 SCAC Spring Sports Festival in Atlanta, Ga., Millsaps College, with a 16-10 victory over Trinity University in the championship game, wins its fifth straight conference baseball title (third in the SCAC era). The championship represents a new record for the Majors' baseball program, breaking a 28-year old conference mark for consecutive baseball championships which was held by Washington (Mo.) University who won four titles from 1962-1966.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #4
April 25-28, 2002
Southwestern University sweeps through its four games on the baseball diamond to earn its fifth league title in seven years at the 2002 SCAC Baseball Championship played at Smith-Wills Stadium, the minor league home of the Jackson Generals. The Pirates defeat Trinity University, 8-2, in Sunday’s championship game. Southwestern sophomore designated hitter Jeff Gabbert has one of the more memorable tournaments in league history – going a perfect 8-for-8 at the plate with four home runs, two doubles, eight RBI and six runs scored in just two games.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #3
April 11, 2000
In a game against McMurry (Tex.) University, Southwestern University senior Matt Gelotti becomes the NCAA Division III career hits leader with a single in the fifth inning of a 13-12 win over McMurry. Gelotti’s single broke the record previously held by Methodist’s Jansen Evans, who totaled 297 hits from 1985-1988. Gelotti finished the day 4 for 4 with one home run, four RBI’s, two runs scored and a walk. He reached base in each of his five at bats. Gelotti finished his career with 327 hits and still holds the Division III record for career hits. Gelotti finished his career as the Division III all-time leader in hits (327), doubles (73), triples (38), total bases (617), RBIs (285) and is second all-time in at-bats (755), runs (263) and runs batted in (285).
BASEBALL - MOMENT #2
April 22, 2011
Rhodes College and Oglethorpe University play in the longest game in NCAA Division III history as the Lynx push across a run in the top of the 21st inning and hold on and win 8-7 in game five of the 2011 SCAC baseball tournament. The game features 35 hits, 31 of them singles and the rest doubles. The teams combined to leave 48 runners on base (28 Oglethorpe, 20 Rhodes). Two relievers pitched the equivalent of complete games, Oglethorpe’s Cory Leff pitching 9.0 innings and Rhodes’ Hunter Chandler pitching 10 2/3 innings.
The score was 6-5 through three innings, but the teams combined for just four runs the next 18 innings. Oglethorpe pitchers combined to strikeout 27 batters during the marathon game. Trailing 7-6 in the top of the ninth, Rhodes' Travis Perkins struck out but reached first base on a wild pitch. He advanced to second on a Matt Cornwell balk before stealing third. With the Lynx down to their final out, Perkins took a gamble and caught Cornwell by surprise as he stole home with the tying run.
In the top of the 21st, Rhodes catcher Chris Conkell drew a walk and then was sacrificed to second. He then advanced to third on a ground out. Conkell scored the game winning run on an error by Oglethorpe pitcher Emmett Goodman. Conkell finished the game 2 for 8 with two RBI and the winning run. Teammate Lynden Pindling was 4 for 8 with two runs scored and an RBI.
BASEBALL - MOMENT #1
April 27, 2008
After Millsaps College forced a decisive second game against Trinity University in the 2008 SCAC baseball title game on Sunday with a 10-5 win in the opener, junior shortstop Stosh Hoover delivered a two-out, two-RBI double to right-center in the bottom of the ninth to cap a four-run ninth inning and propel the top-seeded Tigers into the NCAA Tournament in one of the most amazing championship game finishes in conference history.
Hoover hit .389 with four doubles, a triple, five RBI and two runs scored during the tourney and senior right-hander Brian Oates went 10.0 innings and allowed just one run while striking out 13 in Saturday’s 3-1, 11-inning victory over DePauw that propelled Trinity into Sunday’s championship game.
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