HIGHLAND, Ill. - The 12th-ranked Webster University baseball
team won its fourth
straight St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship, defeating Spalding University, 3-1, on May 11 at Glik Park in Highland, Ill. The Gorloks advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the fourth straight year and the eighth time in the last nine years. Steven Dooley threw a nine-innning complete game for the win, and earned MVP honors for the Tournament.
In 2012 the Gorloks won the NCAA DIII Millington Regional (TN) and gained a berth in the World Series where they finished fith. Webster, needing just one win in the SLIAC championship bracket for a trip back, lost 4-3 to the Golden Eagles to start the day. The Gorloks had defeated Spalding, 5-1, in a second round game the previous day.
For the championship final, Dooley started the game on two days rest, having started the 14-5 win for the Gorloks against Fontbonne in the opener. Dooley literally sailed through the contest that lasted only one hour and 49 minutes. He allowed three hits and a run in the first inning and a third, then retired the next 13 straight batters. Having thrown 109 pitches in the game, and with closer Jason Gray warming up in the pen, Dooley took the mound in the ninth and set the Golden Eagles down 1-2-3 for his team-leading ninth win.
With Webser and Spalding tied at 1-1 in the third, the Gorloks received a little help from the Golden Eagles to take the lead. Taylor Stoulp singled and was at first with two outs when
Mike Rainbolt lifted a wind-blown pop fly between the mound and home plate. The ball was dropped by the Spalding pitcher charging in off the mound, putting runners at first and second. Alex Kazmierski followed with a double to score Stoulp and Rainbolt and put Webster up, 3-1.
The Gorloks, with the aid of Dooley's stellar performance, held off the Golden Eagles for the Championship. Rainbolt wound up two for four with an RBI and a run scored. Stoulp was two for four, with a run scored, and Kazmierski was one for four, with two RBIs.
The Gorloks had captured the SLIAC regular season title, their seventh straight, with a 20-1 record and are 32-9 overall on the season. They will now wait to see what Regional they will land in, and who its first round opponent will be. The NCAA will release the tournament
field and brackets on Sunday, May 12, at 9;00 p.m.
Courtesy Webster University sports information