Three-Game Run On Saturday Leads Builders To 2015 USCAA National Championship

Three-Game Run On Saturday Leads Builders To 2015 USCAA National Championship

FINAL SCORE: Apprentice School 10, Illinois Tech 1
RECORDS: Apprentice School 30-14; Illinois Tech 24-11
SEEDINGS: Apprentice School #5; Illinois Tech #1
LOCATION: War Memorial Stadium/Hampton, VA

IN BRIEF: Freshman Michael Brumfield threw a complete-game seven-hitter with nine strikeouts as The Apprentice School finished a three-game run on Saturday to take the 2015 USCAA National Championship with a 10-1 win over top-seeded Illinois Tech.

HOW THEY SCORED

  • After coming off a 25-10 win in game one of the championship round, the Builders continued the hot bats putting up a five-spot in the top of the first inning.  Brock Harris opened the game with a single to right field and scored as Mark Labrador ripped a double to left field.  Labrador stole third and scored two batters later as Christian Burton reached on a fielder's choice.  
  • Jacob Countiss followed with a double down the left field line to score Burton and he went to third on an errant throw home.  Collin Wilber then reached on a two-base throwing error to allow Countiss to score for a 4-0 lead.  Jordan Cowles also reached base on an error to score pinch-runner Jordan Wright giving the Builders a 5-0 advantage.
  • In the fourth, the Builders put up two more runs as with one out Jordan Cowles reached on a single.  Thomas Richardson then smashed a single to center which got by the outfielder allowing him and pinch-runner Austin Carter to score for a 7-0 advantage.
  • The Scarlet Hawks got their run in the bottom of that inning as Michael Malfeo started with a double and Brian Colon-Rodriguez followed with a double to right field to score him as the top-seeded Scarlet Hawks cut the deficit to 7-1.
  • Apprentice School put a run across in the top of the eighth as Richardson singled to center and advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Harris.  After moving to third on a wild pitch he scored as Labrador grounded out for an 8-1 lead.
  • The Builders scored the final two runs in the ninth with two outs as Countiss, Wilber and Cowles singled  to load the bases.  Richardson followed with a single to left to plate Countiss and Wright for a 10-1 margin.

BEHIND THE BOX

  • Brumfield went the distance against the team that had earlier defeated him in the tournament 3-1 on Thursday.  He allowed seven hits, walked four and struck out nine.  Harris was 4-for-5 and Richardson was 3-for-5 with three RBI to lead the Builders who had 14 hits in the game.
  • Colon-Rodriguez and Darwin Argumedo were 2-for-4 apiece for Illinois Tech who finished the season 24-11.  Kyle Bumpass took the loss throwing 5.2 innings and allowing nine hits, seven runs, three earned with three walks and three strikeouts.

TOURNAMENT NOTES

  • The 25 runs in game one of the championship round tied the fifth-most runs the Builders had scored in a game under head coach Bryan Cave.  
  • The 27 hits in game one of the championship round broke the school single-game record for hits that was 26 done in 2010 against Washington Adventist and in 1994 against Christopher Newport University.
  • The 23 RBIs in game one of the championship round tied the school single-game record done in 2012 against Southern Maine Community College.
  • The win by the Builders was the first time that a host school had won the USCAA Championship since Florida College pulled the feat in 2002.
  • Apprentice School ends the season winning its last five games and 15 of its last 17.
  • The 30 wins equals the second most wins in a single season under Bryan Cave only trailing the 2013 team that went 34-10.  The Builders also won 30 games in 2004 (30-12), 2007 (30-15)

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn: Nicholas LoPrinzi
Penn State Greater Allegheny: Francisco Del Rio; Mark Hollis
Illinois Tech: Michael Malfeo; Shane Pung; Brian Colon-Rodriguez
Apprentice School: Lee Rossi; Michael Brumfield; Taylor Gomer
Most Valuable Player: Apprentice School - Sam Massie