MARIETTA, OH – La Roche Baseball (31-15) fell to UAA Champion Case Western Reserve (32-11) 8-0 eliminating them from the NCAA Tournament and ending their most successful season to date.
Despite the loss, the Redhawks enjoyed a tremendous year setting records in wins (31) and wins against top 25 opponents (4). The team also broke numerous statistical records and led the nation in slugging percentage and triples, while ranking in the top ten in six other categories.
La Roche had a chance to take an early lead in the game but they left a pair on base in both the first and second innings. Case Western took advantage of the early momentum and responded with a run in the second inning on an RBI to left field.
Starting pitcher Walt Hadjuk kept La Roche within striking distance and gave up just one run in the first four innings before tiring as the game went deep into the night. The Spartans scored two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth, two in the seventh, and added two insurance runs in the ninth.
La Roche ends the season and will await the arrival of their AMCC Championship banners. Last week, the Redhawks won their second conference championship.