2013 NCAA II Baseball National Finals - Game 11: No. 14 Grand Valley State Defeats No. 1 Tampa 4-0
Kyle Teague shut down the nation's top-ranked team Thursday at the 2013 NCAA Division II Baseball National Finals in Cary, N.C., tossing a complete-game five-hitter to lead No. 14 Grand Valley State University past the University of Tampa, 4-0. The National Finals are co-hosted by Town of Cary and Mount Olive College at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
The win for the Lakers (38-18) kept alive their season while handing the Spartans (45-12) their first loss of the Finals. The two teams will play again on Friday, with the winner advancing to the national title game on Saturday night.
Tampa was held scoreless for just the second time this year by Teague (8-3), who allowed just three runners to reach scoring position all afternoon. The senior right-hander from Oxford, Mich., walked four and struck out eight.
The performance was Teague's second complete-game effort of the Finals. He also went the distance in Grand Valley State's opener against Minnesota State, giving up five hits and striking out seven in a 2-0 loss.
The Lakers gave Teague all the run support he would need against the Spartans in the top of the second inning when Giancarlo Brugnoni ripped a leadoff double to right-center off Tampa pitcher Brad Hencke (3-1) and scored on a two-out single to left by Jesse Abel.
Grand Valley State padded its lead in the third inning with three more runs, all of them unearned. A two-out fly ball to right off the bat of Brugnoni was dropped, allowing Mike Nadratowski and Stephen Claypool to score. Both had reached base on one-out singles. Brugnoni also scored when Jamie Potts followed with a single to center, increasing the Lakers' lead to 4-0.
From there, Hencke kept the Grand Valley State offense in check the rest of the way, retiring 19 of the last 22 batters he faced. The freshman left-hander also posted a complete-game, scattering nine hits and striking out five while walking none.
However, Hencke would get no help from his offense, which struggled all day against Teague.
In the fourth inning, the Spartans managed to get a runner to second base when Sean O'Brien was hit by a pitch and Jake Schrader walked, but Teague retired Zach Gawrych on a flyball to right to end the inning.
The Spartans had another chance when Jacob Tillotson doubled to right-center with one out, but Teague recorded a strikeout and a groundout to get out of the inning. A final opportunity for Tampa came in the seventh, when Adam Pendleton singled and Tillotson walked, only to be left stranded when Teague ended the inning with a strikeout.
Tillotson had two of Tampa's five hits. Claypool, Potts and Abel each had two hits for Grand Valley State.
"We always say that great players save their best performance for when it is needed most and that's what we got today from Kyle Teague."
Grand Valley State head coach Jamie Detillion
"I noticed them chasing more towards the end of the game, and them calling more timeouts to try and slow my rhythm down, but teams have been doing that most of the year and I'm used to it by now."
Grand Valley State pitcher Kyle Teague
"For a freshman to come out on a big stage like this and throw a complete game and pitch the way he did, I'm real proud of him. He gave us every opportunity to win this game."
Tampa head coach Joe Urso
"Just one of those days, you have to tip your hat to the pitcher and bounce back tomorrow."
Tampa right fielder Zach Gawrych