Gators fall twice to Shoreline at Super Regionals
After winning five of their last eight games to clinch a spot in the postseason, the Gators traveled to the Walla Walla Super Regional to take on the three seed from the north, Shoreline, and the two seed from the east, Walla Walla. They took on Shoreline in game one and sent freshman Travis Blough to the mound.
Shoreline jumped out with an early lead going up 5-1 after two innings of play and the Gators had an uphill climb the remainder of the game. Josh Broom brought the Gators closer in the fifth inning with a two run single. Broom was thrown out at home on an Alex Poltz single to end the inning. Brett Diefendorf cruised through three innings of relief until allowing a two out walk that came around to score in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 6-3. Shoreline added two more in the sixth inning and went on to win 8-3. Diefendorf ended up pitching 6 1/3 innings of relief allowing just three earned runs and striking out four.
The Gators outhit Shoreline 13-12 but could not get the timely hits they needed to bring the runners around to score. Alex Poltz went 3 for 4 on the day while Demetri Shears, Erik Van Tuyl, Jacob Schaefer, and Quinn Burcham all recorded two hits apiece.
On Sunday, the Gators faced Shoreline again for a chance to play Walla Walla and to advance to the NWAC Championship Tournament. This was all Shoreline as they shut the Gators out for nine innings winning 6-0.
The Gators finished 12-33 but earned their first postseason trip since 2009. Sixteen players will return for next season including key contributors like Travis Blough, Demetri Shears, and Thomas Richards and plan to build off of their success this season.