Rangers' Season Ends with 4-2 Loss to St. Cloud State at NCAA Tournament
Mankato, Minn.: The Regis University baseball team had quite the final month going 20-7 down the stretch, however the season came to an end in an elimination game in the NCAA Central Region Tournament.
The Rangers played St. Cloud State for the first time in school history but fell to the 11th-ranked Huskies 4-2 at Franklin Rogers Field.
Junior Aaron Harms took the bump for Regis (33-23) and was opposed by Austan Bosch for St. Cloud State (47-13).
The first two innings were pretty much flawless by the starters, but beginning in the third inning, Harms found himself in trouble a couple times.
In the top of the third Max Ditty singled to third on a slow roller up the line. Phil Imholte then walked which brought up Garrett Fischer who hit a line drive to centerfield but centerfielder Ryan Eustice was able to keep Ditty from scoring him, holding him at third. J. Benke hit a fly ball to right field which Steven Brault was able to get too and fortunately for Regis was too shallow to score Ditty from third. Harms put the next guy, Brian Hansen down on strikes to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Huskies got on the board in the fourth inning when with two outs and the bases loaded again, when Imholte drove in a run from third on a fielder's choice. The damage was limited to just one run when Harms got Fischer to fly to centerfield.
With two outs in the fifth and a runner on third, Michael Jurgella doubled to left field driving in Hansen. The Rangers were able to get out of the inning allowing just the one run after Joe Peters flew out to left.
SCSU had the bases loaded with no outs in the sixth, when Harms induced a double play to erase two runners but Steve Rindelaub was able to score. The next batter flew out to center to minimize the damage.
The Rangers got on the board and back into the game in the seventh when Brault led off the inning with a double to left center. Bob Terry, who moved to centerfield from left after Eustice was ejected from the game in the sixth, traded places with Brault hitting a two-bagger to left field. Catcher Nano Jacobsen grounded to the shortstop moving Terry to third. Third baseman Dave Holland hit a single to center to drive in Terry and close the gap to 3-2.
St. Cloud State scored one more in the top of the ninth and got the lead runner on base, Jacobsen, who reached via an error. Lieser set down the next three guys including a game-winning strikeout of pinch hitter John Tosches.
The Rangers will lose eight seniors; pitchers Steve Falconi, Mike McElreath and Charlie Henderson along with infielders Ty Lain, Dave Holland and Joey Wheeler as well as outfielders Colt Meacham and Alex Haag.
Harms suffered just his second loss of the season and first in eight starts. Brault and Terry each collected two hits for Regis.
The 33 wins the Rangers had this year were the second most in school history.