YORK, Pa. (Baseball) – The third-seeded Wheaton (Mass.) Lyons upset the top-seeded Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, 6-1, to advance to the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship Game on Sunday. The Blue Jays will play on Sunday in game 13 in an elimination game.
Wheaton's Brady Furdon pitched 125 pitches across eight innings of work. Furdon allowed just one run, six hits and struck out four batters. He forced 10 fly outs and nine ground outs.
Johns Hopkins (38-7) started the scoring in the bottom of the first. Conor Reynolds led off with a double to left field. Two batters later with two outs, Ryan Orgielewicz drove Reynolds in with an RBI-double down the right-field line for a 1-0 lead.
Wheaton (26-14) loaded the bases with three singles and one out in the top of the second inning. The Lyons scored two runs on a fielder's choice to take a 2-1 lead. First run came across on the hit, while the second run came on a throwing error.
The Lyons' Jared Sharkey led off the third inning with a home run over the 37'-8"-high left-field wall known as the "Arch Nemesis" to give them a 3-1 lead.
Wheaton added a run in the sixth for a 4-1 lead.
The Lyons then loaded the bases with one out in the seventh. Nick Raposo hit a two RBI-double to the gap in left-centerfield to push their lead to 6-1 for the eventual winning score.
Wheaton advances to the regional championship game (game 14) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and will face the winner of game 13. The game marks the fifth regional final appearance for the Lyons and the teams first since 2012.
Johns Hopkins falls to the loser's bracket and will play in game 13 on Sunday at 12 p.m. and will face the winner of the game between No. 5 Alvernia and No. 2 Shenandoah. Game 13 is an elimination game.