HAUTE, IND. -- Franklin College pitcher Nathan Ellis threw a
complete game shutout to lead the Grizzlies to a 3-0 win over
Anderson University in the opening game of the Heartland Collegiate
Athetic Conference Tournament.
Ellis (top picture) threw four
strikeouts and allowed just three hits to improve to a 9-2 record
Nick Stoia and Scott Windler added two hits
each to fuel the Franlin offense. Stoia also scored and
batted in one run. Kevin Entwistle scored a run with one hit
while Jameson Brock scored a run.
Anderson pitcher Dan Schmitz (bottom
picture) threw a complete game and allowed just two earned
runs on six hits.
Franklin took an early lead in the third
inning when Stoia singled to left field. Brock scored to give
the Grizzlies the 1-0 lead.
In the seventh inning, Entwistle walked to open the
inning. He then advanced to third on a bunt by Brock and
scored on a wild pitch by Schmitz.
The Grizzlies added a third run when Stoia
scored on a field choice by Jordan Klinedinst. Stoia reached
on an inning opening single and advanced to third on an Anderson
Anderson provided a scare in the ninth
inning. Zach Garcia reached on an error with one out to
give Anderson a runner. Brett Detty then was hit by
a pitch to bring up the conference leader in home runs
Michel Tucker, who represented the tying run.
Tucker almost added another homer, but come up just feet
short as he flied out to the warning track in left
field. Jacob Craft was then hit by a pitch to load the bases
with two outs. Cole Heberling then grounded out to third
to end the inning and secure the 3-0 victory for
Franklin improves 31-9 on the year and will
advance to play the winner of Rose-Hulman and Manchester at noon on
Friday. Anderson fell to 25-16 and will play the loser at
#1 in the nation for 15 years!
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