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News Release

2006 USCAA National Invitational Baseball Tournament: Briarcliffe Wins Crown
All-Tournament Team Named
May 11, 2006

Complete Tourney Stats

Daily Recaps
Day One     Day Two    Day Three

Winning pitcher Andrew Raschen was 2-for-4 and held Columbia Union to two hits as the Seahawks defeated the Pioneers 6-1 to win the 2006 USCAA National Invitational Baseball Tournament. In earlier games, Columbia Union College rallied to defeat Presentation College 5-4, and Briarcliffe College held off a late Apprentice School rally to advance to the championship by a 4-3 count.

The 2006 All-Tournament team was selected and the honorees are listed after the recaps that follow.


Game 11 – Columbia Union College 5, Presentation College 4 Box Score
A Mike Passarell two-run single in the top of the seventh followed by a Ryan Brown single provided the winning advantage for Columbia Union College as they rallied to defeat Presentation College.

The Saints scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth with RBI singles from Billy Grueter and Ryan Ellingson along with an RBI groundout from Matt Lokenvitz.

Charles Rupert, Brandon Hall and Passarell all had two hits for the Pioneers while Ryan Ellingson was 2-for-4 to lead Presentation.

Brad McLaughlin went six innings to pick up the win for Columbia Union striking out six and allowing six hits. Andrew Mars pitched one inning to pick up the save.

Team            1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E 
Columbia Union 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 - 5 8 3
Presentation 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 - 4 6 1

Game 12 – Briarcliffe College 4, Apprentice School 3 Box Score

Briarcliffe College scored four runs in the first three innings and held off a late Apprentice School rally to advance to the championship.

The Seahawks scored a run in the first on an error, two in the second on a RBI single from Mike Sorrentino and a RBI double from Dan O’Brien. They added one in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Justin McKay.

Apprentice School scored a run in the fifth on a RBI double from Eric Polk and two more in the sixth on an RBI double from Cato Dixon and a RBI single from Bryce Beale.

Mike Ziegler picked up the win going 5.1 innings allowing three runs and five hits while Baldwin Vargas earned the save throwing the last 1.2 innings and one hit. Ben Jones took the loss for Apprentice School allowing nine hits and striking out six. He ended his career with 501 strikeouts.

Team         1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E 
Apprentice 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 - 3 6 2
Briarcliffe 1 2 1 0 0 0 X - 4 9 2

Game 13 (Championship) – Briarcliffe 6, Columbia Union 1 Box Score

Winning pitcher Andrew Raschen was 2-for-4 and held Columbia Union to two hits as the Seahawks defeated the Pioneers 6-1 to win the 2006 United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Invitational Baseball Tournament.

Briarcliffe busted a 1-all game open with three runs in the sixth inning and scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to take the tournament crown.

Team            1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E 
Columbia Union 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 2 5
Briarcliffe 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 1 X - 6 7 1

2006 USCAA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Catcher Franklin Reyes Briarcliffe College
Outfielder
Ryan Brown Columbia Union College
Dan O’Brien Briarcliffe College
Ryan Scott Apprentice School
Infielder
Kevin Mahoney Presentation College
Charles Rupert Columbia Union College
Baldwin Vargas Briarcliffe College
Francis Santos Briarcliffe College
Pitcher
Brad McLaughlin Columbia Union College
Jedidah Jacobsen Columbia Union College
Ben Jones Apprentice School
Utility
Jarred Koopman Presentation College
MVP
Franklin Reyes Briarcliffe College


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