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APRIL 18, 2006


(Monarchs NCAA tourney bid comes to an end)

TERRE HAUTE, IN –  Second-seeded Otterbein College broken open a tie game with a five-run ninth inning as the Cardinals posted a 7-2 victory over sixth-seeded King’s College in the NCAA Division III National Tournament Mid-East Regional Championships Thursday at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Ind.


With the win, Otterbein improved to 30-15 on the year while advancing to the semi-finals of the loser’s bracket. King’s, which was making its first-ever appearance in the Division III tournament, ended its season at 25-16.


With the game tied at 2-2 entering the top of the ninth inning, the Cardinals’ decisive surge began with a leadoff walk to pinch hitter Rob Rosner. With the Monarch infield moved in anticipation of a sacrifice bunt, Chris Martin hit a chopper over the head of Jon Venarchick at third base for a single to advance Rosner to third. Brandon Mauck then came through with an RBI single to left field to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.

With King’s infield still in at double-play depth, Tyler Rudman followed with a bloop RBI single to center to plate Martin for a 4-2 lead. After Ben Titus walked to load the bases, Chris Kovanda was hit by a pitch to drive in another run. Jerry Tulga then drew another walk to force in the run as the Cardinal lead grew to 6-2. Bobby Wright then lofted a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home Otterbein’s final run of the game.


In King’s final at-bats, Vince Budzyn would reach base with a one-out single, but Otterbein starting pitcher Doug Stevens would retire the final two batters on fly balls to end the game.

Otterbein would take a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Wright delivered an opposite field solo home run over the right centerfield fence.

The Monarchs would miss out on a scoring chance in the third inning when Matt Colgan drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jon Venarchick. Caleb Calarco would then reach base on an error, allowing Colgan to move to third. After Jeremy Faust grounded out to second, Mike Venarchick struck out to end the inning.


King’s would take the lead in the fourth when Matt Livoy smacked a one-out double to centerfield and moved to third on a single by Josh Faust. After an infield pop out, Colgan would deliver an RBI single to knot the score at 1-1. Jon Venarchick then followed with a base hit to centerfield to bring home Faust and give the Monarchs a 2-1 lead.


Otterbein would counter in the fifth inning when Mauck reached base on an error and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a wild pitch allowed Mauck to move to third, Titus lofted a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2-2.

King’s would threaten in the bottom half of the fifth when Jeremy Faust drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a one-out single by Nick Sorino. The Monarchs, however, were unable to capitalize as Livoy would ground into an inning-ending double play to keep the score at 2-2.


The Monarchs would get another chance in the eighth when Sorino struck out swinging but reached first base on a passed ball. King’s was thwarted, however, when Otterbein turned its second critical inning-ending double-play of the game.

Both teams managed eight hits on the day. King’s was led by Sorino with a 2-for-4 showing while Livoy added a double. Jon Venarchick and Colgan also chipped in with RBI singles.  Calarco took the pitching loss for the Monarchs, allowing five runs, four that were earned, on seven hits in eight innings of work.

Otterbein was led offensively by Wright who was 2-for-3 with two RBI, including a solo home run. Mauck also added two hits and scored a pair of runs.  Stevens picked up the complete-game pitching victory for Otterbein, improving to 10-0 on the year. The 6-foot-3 sophomore right-hander allowed eight hits and one earned run while striking out six batters.

Despite the loss, King's concluded its season with a school-record 25 victories and the program's first conference/division title since 1993. The Monarchs return all but two starters next season.

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Questions or comments to:  Bob Ziadie, King's College Sports Information Director
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