After going up three runs early, the William Carey baseball team couldn’t hang on Tuesday night, falling to Westmont 7-3 in game three of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) World Series.
The No. 4 seed Crusaders struck first by scoring three runs in the top of the second inning, two of which came off a triple down the right-field line by RJ Stinson. The No. 3 seed Warriors immediately responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Westmont tied things up on an RBI single from Robby Haw before breaking the stalemate two innings later with back-to-back doubles followed by an RBI hit-by-pitch to make the score 5-3. The Warriors added a couple of insurance runs in the eighth to secure the victory and remain the only unbeaten team in the NAIA World Series.
William Carey’s chances at their second-ever national championship – the first coming in 1969 – aren’t over yet though as the Crusaders will now take on Lewis-Clark State in the semifinals this afternoon. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. CT and can be listened to on SuperTalk Mississippi Hattiesburg.