Wooster manufactured the go-ahead run on the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the Fighting Scots captured their sixth regional championship with a 4-2 win over North Coast Athletic Conference rival Wabash College on Monday at Adrian College's Nicolay Field. With the win, the Fighting Scots punched a ticket to this week's eight-team NCAA Div. III Baseball Championships at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis. with action slated to start on Friday.
Juniors Garrett Crum (Alliance, OH/Canton South) and Michael Wielansky (St. Louis, MO/Ladue Horton Watkins) led the way offensively by combining to go 5-for-8 with two runs and a RBI. Senior Nanak Saran (Hudson, OH/Hudson) picked up the win to improve to 9-2 on the year. The right-hander allowed one run on two hits in 2.2 innings of relief. First-year Andrew Hill (New Albany, OH/Fork Union Military Academy) struck out three over the final 1.1 innings and earned his third save.
Coincidentally, this is Wooster's first regional championship since 2009, and that win came at Adrian's Nicolay Field. Wooster was also the regional champion in 1989, 1994, 1997, and 2005.
Wielansky was tabbed as the regional's most outstanding player after hitting 9-for-18 with seven runs and five RBI. The Scots' shortstop was joined on the all-tournament team by junior Chandler Dippman (Waterville, OH/St. John's Jesuit), junior Brian Murray (McLean, VA/Bishop O'Connell) and Drew Tornow (Painesville, OH/Riverside). Wabash senior pitcher Bryan Roberts (Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern), sophomore pitcher Zach Moffett (Liberty, IN / Culver Military Academy) and senior catcher Bryce Aldridge (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) were also named to the all-tournament team.
Wooster found its way into the regional final after knocking off the Little Giants, Shenandoah and Adrian in consecutive games. The Little Giants are coming out of the loser's bracket having been defeated 4-2 by the Fighting Scots to open the Regional Thursday. Wabash then defeated Marietta, La Roche, Ithaca and host Adrian to advance to the regional final for the firs time in program history.
Denison, which earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, saw its season come to a close over the weekend following losses to Christopher Newport and Randolph-Macon at the South Regional in Holly Springs, NC.