APPLETON (PRESS RELEASE)– The Pointers saw their tournament run come to an end on Sunday afternoon, as Heidelberg bested UW-Stevens Point 8-3 in an elimination game at the 2010 NCAA Division III College World Series at Fox Cities Stadium.
A rare pitchers dual through an inning and a half, Heidelberg hung a three spot on the scoreboard in the second, thanks in part to a costly fielding error by Pointers left fielder Sam Spurney that allowed two runs to come around and score.
The Pointers put runners on the corners with two outs in the top of the third and Spurney chopped a ball over the head of the third basemen that plated Eric Fritz before Heidelberg ended the threat, stranding runners on first and second.
After Heidelberg added a run in the fourth, they chased UW-Stevens Point starter Tyler Lorenz from the game in the fifth after loading the bases with no outs. The Student Prince's laced the first Ryan Iverson offering they saw into centerfield, scoring two more (6-1). A sacrifice fly and an RBI single drove in two more before the Pointers were able to close out the inning, facing a 8-1 deficit.
In the eighth Fritz scored on a Spurney single, cutting the deficit to 8-2 and then the Pointers loaded the bases with no outs, chasing Heidelberg starter Nathan James from the game. The Pointers were only able to tack on one run, as Justin Jirschele hit into an RBI double play and then Steven Considine took strike three looking to end the threat.
The Pointers put two runners on in the ninth before Heidelberg reliever Sylvester Nino recorded the third out and sent the Pointers home with a fifth place finish.
Fritz finished the day 2-5 with two runs scored while Jeremy Richter and Spurney each added a pair of hits. Lorenz pitched four innings, allowing seven runs, six earned, walking two and also recorded two strikeouts in his final appearance as a Pointer. Iverson also logged four innings of work, scattering three hits, allowing just one run.
The Pointers finish their season with a record of 34-18, tied for the fourth most wins in program history. Heidelberg improves to 42-7 and will face either Illinois Wesleyan, Linfield or SUNY-Cortland on Monday.