Houston Baptist Wins Great West Conference Baseball Tournament
May 25, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. - Houston Baptist captured its first Great West Conference Baseball Tournament title on Saturday as the Huskies defeated GWC champion and top-seed Northern Colorado, 13-3, at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark, N.J.
The Huskies, the No. 3 tournament seed, finished as the tournament runner-up the past two seasons.
"The guys came together at the right time, winning 13 of our last 14 games," HBU head coach Jared Moon said. "We finally had the approach of expecting to win, and we put together our best four-game stretch of the entire season. Being in the championship game the last two years, the guys were focused and determined not to go out in the same fashion. Our goal all year was to win the final game of the Great West Conference, so I couldn't be prouder of this team."
The Huskies' Luke Clements was named the tournament's most valuable player and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Tyler Hoelscher, CJ Jarvis, Curtis Jones and Jake Gonzalez. Joining the five Huskies on the all-tournament team were Chicago State's Andrew Wellwerts and Mattingly Romanin, NJIT's Tom Bouck, North Dakota's Jeff Campbell and Jacob Threlkeld, Northern Colorado's Nick Miller, Jensen Park and Jake Johnson, and Texas-Pan American's Dusten Knight.
Samm Wiggins went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs for HBU (35-24-1), while Josh Martinez went 3-for-4 with a double, a pair of runs and an RBI, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Gonzalez was 2-for-4 with a double, the school-record 62nd of his career, with two runs and an RBI.
Jones went 2-for-5 with a double and a run, Josh Foust homered and drove in three, and Bradley Brown also went deep, going 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a pair of runs. Clements tripled, walked twice, drove in a run and scored once, and Jarvis doubled and drove in two runs.
Freshman lefthander Matthew McCollough (2-2) earned the win for HBU, allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking two in six innings. Freshman righty Matt Harding pitched two innings of scoreless relief, while junior righthander Kobie Hajdik nailed down the title with a perfect ninth.
Miller went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Colby Harrison also went 2-for-4 for Northern Colorado. Corey Fujimoto was 1-for-3 and scored twice for the Bears (33-24).
Chris Hammer (5-5) took the loss for the Bears, giving up seven runs on six hits in 2/3 of an inning. Lucas Corrick, Matt Loutzenhiser and Elan Raeber each gave up two runs as they combined to pitch the final 7.1 innings. The first six Huskies reached safely, as they batted around and exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the first inning. Clements drew a leadoff walk, then HBU strung together five-straight singles by Jones, Jordan McCoy, Gonzalez, Brown and Wiggins, the last of which brought home a pair to make it 4-0 before the Bears recorded an out. Martinez and Foust added RBI groundouts, then Clements capped the scoring by ripping an RBI triple off the wall in center.
The Bears got on the board in the second as Fujimoto walked, advanced to third on a single by Derek Baum and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dylan Banach. The Bears added a run in the third when Park reached on an infield single, then scored on Miller's double to leftcenter to make the score 7-2.
Martinez drew a walk in the third, then Foust blasted a two-run home run to leftcenter, his team-leading seventh of the season, to put the Huskies up, 9-2.
Northern Colorado loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, but could only manage one run on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly by Ben Packard to trim the deficit to 9-3.
Wiggins and Martinez led off the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back singles, then Jarvis smashed a two-run double into the rightfield corner to extend HBU's lead to 11-3.
In the eighth, Gonzalez smoked a ground ball down the leftfield line for a double in his final at-bat as a Husky. Brown followed with his second home run of the season, both coming in the tournament, to put the Huskies ahead, 13-3.
Hadjik came in to work the ninth, striking out Banach to lead off the frame, fielding a comebacker by Tyler Yamamoto for the second out, and covering the bag on a grounder to first by Ryan Yamane to end the game and set off the Huskies' celebration on the field.
2013 GWC All-Tournament Team
Luke Clements - Houston Baptist (MVP)
Tyler Hoelscher - Houston Baptist
CJ Jarvis - Houston Baptist
Curtis Jones - Houston Baptist
Jake Gonzalez - Houston Baptist
Andrew Wellwerts - Chicago State
Mattingly Romanin - Chicago State
Tom Bouck - NJIT
Jeff Campbell - North Dakota
Jacob Threlkeld - North Dakota
Nick Miller - Northern Colorado
Jensen Park - Northern Colorado
Jake Johnson - Northern Colorado
Dusten Knight - Texas-Pan American