College of St. Joseph was unable to hold off the Apprentice Builders resulting in a 6-3 loss on Wednesday, May 17.
The Fighting Saints took an early 1-0 lead in the third inning. Jared Morello started the inning with a double to right center. Tyler Kunzmann grounded out right side, advancing Morello to third base, and Nick Powers hit a deep fly ball to center to score the run.
The Builders, who are the 2015 National Champions, answered quickly in the top of the fourth, scoring three runs on three hits.
Down 3-1, the Saints were able to close the gap in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, Morello reached first on an error by the second baseman. Kunzmann singled to left field before Powers delivered an RBI single to right.
The Builders continued to build on their lead in the top of the sixth inning when Nick Morrisette hit a double to center, followed by a single to right by Steve Hux.
The Saints got a run in the sixth after Brian Quezada scored on a double to right center by Nick Rodriguez. Apprentice answered back in the seventh inning as Morrisette walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a Hux single to left field. The Builders closed the inning with a 6-3 lead.
With their first loss, College of St. Joseph moves to the elimination bracket final to play the fifth-seeded Cleary University – who upset the top-seeded UC Clermont 11-6 on Wednesday – at 11 a.m. The winner moves on to play the Apprentice School in the Small College World Series championship game beginning at 2:30. Should the Builders lose, the final championship game will be played at 5:30 p.m. at East Field in Glens Falls, N.Y.