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Tuesday win moves NJCAA National Team to 3-0 at NBC World Series
 August 6, 2014

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WICHITA, Kan. – After posting five runs in the bottom of the first inning, the NJCAA National Team cruised to a 10-1 (7 inn.) run-rule victory Tuesday night over the Haysville (KS) Aviators in the semifinals of the winner’s bracket of the NBC World Series. The win advances the national team to a showdown with the remaining undefeated team left in the tournament - the Hays (Kan.) Larks - tonight at 7:30 p.m. (Central) at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Fans can follow the national team via live stats and live video (pay-per-view) via the NBC Baseball website.

The pitching trio of Riley Smith (San Jacinto-South, Texas), Phillip Diehl (Wabash Valley, Ill.) and Joshua Falk (Hillsborough, Fla.) dominated the Aviators Tuesday, tossing a combined one-hitter. Smith started the game and provided four solid innings of work, allowing the only hit from the Aviators and one earned run while striking out six. Diehl footed the mound for the fifth and sixth innings and collected three strikeouts. Falk closed the game out in the seventh by retiring Haysville in order.

The national team saw seven players collect a hit on the night and six different players were credited with at least one RBI. Irving Lopez (Arizona Western) was one of a handful of players that shined in the box score going 2-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI.  Alex Lee (Central Alabama) and John Holland (Chattahoochee Valley, Ala.) also had two hits apiece. Lee, along with Brent Williams (Seward County, Kan.) and Trooper Reynolds (Weatherford, Texas), led the team with two RBIs each.
In the leadoff spot in the batting order, Daniel Sweet (right) from Polk State (Fla.) contributed greatly to the win. He walked twice, scored twice and was credited with an RBI.

Through three games at the NBC World Series, the national team has seen Lopez (.500), Sweet (.429) and Lee (.417) step up as its big hitters. The trio has combined for six of the team’s seven extra-base hits and 12 of the squad’s 20 RBIs.

Additional Media Coverage of the NJCAA National Team at the NBC World Series:

NJCAA national baseball team off to good start in World Series – kmaland.com

Bob Lutz: NJCAA team a good fit for NBC World Series – Kansas.com

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