The College of Wooster’s historic run to the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships came to an end on Saturday afternoon with a 10-5 loss against Swarthmore at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.
The Scots wrapped up the 2018 season with an overall record of 40-10, which included winning the NCAC regular season title with a 16-2 record against league foes and also winning the program’s first regional title since 2009 with a 4-2 win over NCAC foe Wabash in the championship game of the 2018 Mideast Regional.
Wooster found itself in the elimination bracket of the DIII World Series after being stymied by Texas Lutheran in the opening round on Friday night with a 7-0 loss against the Bulldogs.
In the elimination game on Saturday against the Garnet, Wooster again fell behind early, trailing 4-0 after two innings of play. The Scots scratched one run across in the top of the third and appeared to be right back in the game with a two-spot in the top of the fifth on a two RBI triple from senior centerfield Jake Fling (Norton, OH/Norton). However, Swarthmore struck for three runs with two outs in the bottom half of the frame to push the lead back out to 7-3.
With Wooster trailing 10-3 heading into the top of the ninth inning, senior right fielder Drew Tornow (Painesville, OH/Riverside) capped off his collegiate career with a two-run homer to make the final score 10-5.