Behind a potent hitting attack and a solid performance on the mound from freshman righty Gavin Glanz, the Seward County Saints advanced Monday morning at the Juco World Series with a 14-4 run rule win over South Georgia College.

For the third straight game in the tournament the Saints were on the board first in this one as Tanner Rainey opened the game by reaching on an error by Tiger third baseman Jeremy Donaldson and later scored on a single through the right side by JT Bean to make it 1-0 Seward. The Saints broke things open a little bit in the top half of the 3rd when they took advantage of two South Georgia errors and along with a Tyler Hill single scored three runs to go ahead 4-0. The Tigers fought back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four runs on four hits after an error early in the inning allowed them to extend the frame and knot the game up at 4 apiece. After 1-2-3 innings by both teams in the 4th, the score held at 4-4 as the 5th inning hit. Jake Barrios started the inning off by fighting off a tough 0-2 pitch up the middle for a single and was followed by Hill who walked on four pitches to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Thatís when Bean stepped to the plate and ripped a double off the right field wall to score both runners and give the Saints the lead back at 6-4. After a groundout for the first out of the inning, Seward third baseman capitalized on a hanging 0-2 curveball and drilled it over the left field wall for a two run home run to put the Saints on top 8-4. With the bases cleared, an interesting chain of events would be set off. Eddie Williams was hit by a 3-2 pitch and advanced to second on a passed ball and then to third on a wild pitch. The hitter Steven Polito eventually walked on four straight pitches and the next batter Rainey was hit with a 3-1 pitch to load the bases. That brought up Willy Gustin who watched four straight sail high and out of the zone to force home another run and reload the bases again. A strikeout brought Hill back to the plate and the sophomore star didnít disappoint. He whacked a 1-1 fastball through the hole on the left side scoring two runs to put Seward ahead 11-4 and give the Saints seven runs in the frame. That bought to the dish one of the Saints hottest hitters in Bean and the lefty took strike one before squaring up the 0-1 pitch, driving it to the wall for another double to bring both runners home and put Seward on top 13-4 when all was said and done in the inning. Seward starter Gavin Glanz responded with an eight pitch bottom of the 5th to take care of the Tigers in order after getting an outfield assist from Gustin in left to start the inning off. Leading 13-4 into the 6th the Saints were looking for more. Mestas singled to start things and Williams walked on four pitches to put two on and no out. After a strikeout netted South Georgia their first out of the inning, Rainey also walked on four pitches to load the bases up with one out. Another Seward strikeout brought Barrios to the plate with two gone and the Saints shortstop was hit by a 3-2 pitch after a drawn out at bat to bring Williams home and put Seward ahead by ten, 14-4. With their season on the line the Tigers couldnít come up with any offense to extend the game in the bottom of the 6th as they went down 1-2-3 as Glanz secured the Saints second straight complete game on the mound as Seward cruised to the 14-4 run rule victory.

Outside of giving up the 4 runs in the 3rd, Glanz was spectacular on the mound for the Saints despite not having his best cavalry of pitches in his pocket. The lanky freshman improved his record to 6-0 on the season by going all 6 innings while allowing just 2 earned runs and punching out 5. At the plate the Saints put together a 12 hit attack with all nine starters either picking up a hit or scoring a run in the win. Bean led the way, going 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and 5 RBIís while Hill was equally as impressive in front of the lefty, going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIís and 2 runs scored in the victory. Barrios was 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and Mestas finished 2 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBIís.

Seward improves their season record to 46-19 and wins their second game in the Juco World Series for the first time in program history. With just seven teams remaining, the Saints will head into day four on Tuesday where they will take on #16 Potomac State of West Virginia at 3:00. The winner of that contest will receive a day off before heading back into action on Thursday in the tournamentís final four.
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