MAY 6, 2006
KING'S BASEBALL DOWNS DREW 6-5 TO ADVANCE TO MAC FREEDOM TITLE GAME
Mike Venarchick (pictured) went 4-for-4 with two RBI, including a
critical solo home run as the King's College baseball team reached the
Freedom Conference title game with a 6-5 victory over Drew University
Saturday at Quakertown Memorial Park.
With the win, second-seeded King's (24-14) will play for the Freedom
Conference championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III
National Tournament on Sunday at 12:00 noon.
The Monarchs will face six-time defending champion DeSales in the title
game. DeSales, the third-seeded, defeated fourth-seeded Drew 13-5 in an
elimination game Saturday night. The Freedom Conference
Tournament is a double-elimination event and the DeSales will have to
defeat the Monarchs twice on Sunday to win the conference crown as the
Monarchs are 2-1 in tournament action while DeSales is 2-1. King's
defeated the Bulldogs 2-1 in a 15-inning marathon Friday night.
King's pushed across the game's first runs in the bottom of the first
inning when Caleb Calarco singled and Matt Livoy walked. Mike Venarchick
then delivered an RBI single to center to get the Monarchs on the board.
Nick Sorino then stroked a single up the middle to give King's a 2-0
The Monarchs added another run in the fourth when Mike Venarchick
doubled and later scored on a single by Jeremy Faust to up the lead to
Drew would score in the Matt Hicks singled and later scored on a
sacrifice fly by Joe Henrickson.
King's would tack on a run
in the sixth when Venarchick led off the inning by drilling an opposite
field home run over the right field fence to give the Monarchs a 4-1
The Rangers would counter with two runs in the seventh to cut the King's
lead to 4-3 thanks to another sacrifice fly by Henrickson and a Monarch
But King's again answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the
seventh when Jon Venarchick reached base on a two-out error and scored
on a double by Calarco. Livoy then followed with a clutch base hit to
right field to plate Calarco and give King's a 6-3 lead.
Drew would attempt to rally in the ninth when Hicks singled and scored
from third on a fielder's choice. Tom Carracciolo followed with a
run-scoring single to cut the lead to 6-5. With one out and a runner on
second, Monarch relief pitcher Tim Granquist struck out John Minio. The
game would end when Matt Vickers lofted a long fly ball to right field
where Livoy made a fine running catch on the warning track for the final
out of the game.
The pounded out 11 hits in the game, compared to 12 for Drew. Calarco
joined Mike Venarchick as the top hitters by going 2-for-3 with an RBI
and scored two runs. Five other Monarchs contributed with one hit each,
including Josh Faust, who registered his 100th career base hit, while
twin brother Jeremy added the 99th of his career.
Calarco earned the pitching win for King's, throwing eight innings and
allowing four runs, three which were earned. Granquist picked up the
save, allowing one run on two hits in pitching the ninth inning.
Should King's fall to to DeSales in the 12:00 p.m. title
game, the teams would play a deciding game at 4:00 p.m. with the winner
capturing the Freedom Conference title.