The NAIA Opening Round Tournament Santa Barbara Bracket came to an end on Thursday when The Master’s defeated William Carey (Miss.) by a score of 5-4 to claim the championship and advance to the NAIA World Series. William Carey had reached the championship game by defeating Westmont by a 10-3 margin in the day’s first game.
Game Seven Recap
William Carey bats came alive early in the game as the Crusaders scored seven runs before the Warriors got on the scoreboard. The Crusaders started in the second inning with a two-run home run by James Land. William Carey added another run in the second on an RBI single by Mitch Little.
Land struck again with a solo home run in the third to give William Carey a 4-0 lead. Land tallied five home runs during the tournament to tie an Opening Round record.
The Crusaders added three more runs in the fourth inning, two on a double by Tyler Odom and one on a sacrifice fly by Nick Lowe.
The top of the fifth saw the Warriors break into the scoring category when Alika McGuire singled up the middle with the bases loaded to drive in Michael Stefanic and Michael Valentin, Jr.