Jules Cronk hit a grand slam and an RBI double to lead 15th-ranked Trinity College of Texas over Whitworth 8-3 in a second-round game on Thursday at the NCAA Division III baseball regional tournament at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
As a result, Whitworth, which won its opening-round game on Wednesday, will have to win twice today to reach the final day of the regional.
Whitworth (27-14-1) will play Concordia at noon. If the Pirates win that elimination game they will play Trinity again at 7 p.m.
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead over Trinity (36-10) on Landon Scott’s RBI single, but Trinity came back with two runs in the second and Cronk’s slam in the third.
Tanner Barron (4-1) went eight innings for Trinity, striking out 12 while allowing Whitworth’s three earned runs on eight hits and four walks.
Carson Blumenthal (5-5) started and lasted four innings for the Pirates, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks. Taylor Isadore finished, giving up the other two runs on two walks while striking out two.
Scott was the only Pirate with two hits.
The University of Washington men’s golf team is tied for fourth with Saint Mary’s (Calif.) at 2-under 286 after the first round of the 54-hole NCAA Regional in Norman, Okla.
UW’s Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho, is tied for 27th after a 73. He was 3-under through 13 holes before two bogeys and a double bogey left him at 1 over at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
Florida and Texas are on top at 9-under 279. Texas’ Jordan Spieth leads the field with a 66.
The top five teams and one individual from a non-advancing squad will qualify for the NCAA Championship.
• Idaho senior Jarred Bossio is tied for 17th after the first round of the NCAA Regional at Stanford University. He shot a 1-under 69 and is three strokes off the lead.
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