By From staff reports
Defending champion Dallas Baptist got its title defense underway with a 5-1 win over Oakland City on Wednesday evening in the last game of the night at Jim Hoess Field.
Sophomore Drew Holder, the reigning Meyer Award winner as the MVP of the 2003 NCCAA World Series, had a two-run single in the third inning to break open the scoring for the Patriots.
Freshman Jamey Knight hit his first career home run in the sixth to pace DBU.
Dallas Baptist plays Mount Vernon today at 4 p.m. at Eastview Park for a berth in the championship bracket finals.
Mount Vernon Nazarene 8, Judson 1 Adam Rowe fired a seven-hit complete-game performance as the Cougars opened its tourament play with a win over the Eagles.
Chris McKinney hit a home run and batted in three runs to lead the MVNU hitting attack. Jason Irish went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and Dan Matheney went 2-for-2. Isaac Mendez had two hits for the Eagles.
Oakland City 3, Cedarville 0
Shane Roberts opened the first game of the tournament with a four-hit shutout of the Yellow Jackets.
The Mighty Oaks were led by Jeff Durlauf's double and two runs scored. Jesse Simmons, Hosh Seiler and Chris Campbell each added RBI.
Bethel 4, Palm Beach Atlantic 2
The Pilots scored three times in the fourth inning to take a two-run lead on the Sailfish then added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to advance to the second round to play Faulkner at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Jim Hoess Field.
Marcel Guevara homered to pace the Pilots. Zach Rodman had two homers and a double to go with three RBI lifting Bethel to the win.
Elisha Marshall pitched seven strong innings to earn his 10th win of the season with a four-hit, nine-strikeout performance.
Palm Beach Atlantic 7, Crichton 1
Paul Harvey had a good day, striking out eight and allowing just two hits to send the Cardinals home from the tournament with two losses.
The Sailfish scored four times in the fifth to break the game open.
No statistics from Crichton's opening game with Geneva were available as of press time.
Cedarville 5, Judson 3
The Yellow Jackets stay in the tournament after sending the Eagles home with a hold-off win. Scott Tarvin did not walk a batter and scattered eight hits as the Yellow Jackets held off a late charge when Judson scored twice in the top of the seventh.
Andrew Noble went 3-for-3 with two RBI to pace the Cedarville attack. Travis Allen went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Mendez, Greg Lopez and Cesar Alicea each had two hits for the Eagles, who leave Celina with a 27-20 record.
Faulkner 11, Geneva 3
Jared Johnson had a home run and three RBI to pace the Eagles into the next round.
Alex Aucoin went the first five innings to pick up the win for Faulkner. Will Cabaniss and Thomas Wade each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Beau Trobert went 3-for-3 with an RBI for the Eagles. Brian May went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer for the Golden Tornadoes.