Hattiesburg, Miss.- (Bracket | Tournament Website | Box Score) Northwood University scored six runs in the first inning as they defeated Oklahoma Baptist, 7-4 in the championship game of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round at Milton Wheeler Field.
With the win the Knights advance to the 2013 NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
After a ground out to start the bottom of the first inning, Northwood loaded the bases thanks to a walk and two errors then Isaac Maturino capitalized with a two run double to deep left field to put the Knight up 2-0. After a wild pitch allowed the third run to score Jose Reyna knocked in the fourth run with a single to left field and Logan Brumley added two more with a single to right to put Northwood up 6-0.
OBU answered back with two runs in the second on Brandon Laubhan RBI single and Greg Nelson's squeeze bunt to trim the lead to 6-2. The Bison continued to hang tough and Mitch Warne solo home run in the sixth cut the lead to 6-3 but Northwood got the run back in the seventh on Maturino's RBI fielder's choice.
Down to their final three outs the Bison loaded the bases and scored one run to cut the lead to 7-4 but Jason Gareri regrouped and got Matt Page to fly out to end the game.
Jordan Lewis went 2 for 4 and Isacc Maturino drove in three runs for the Knights at the plate. Clayton Woodruff worked six innings of relief to pick up the win and improve to 5-2 on the season.
Garrett Roberts led the Bison at the plate going 3 for 5. The Bison finish the season at 44-19.