FINAL SCORE: Apprentice School 2, Briarcliffe College 1
WHERE: Pullman Park – Butler, PA
EVENT: USCAA Small College World Series
SEEDINGS: Apprentice School #1, Briarcliffe #9
RECORDS: Apprentice School 33-8, Briarcliffe 18-15
IN BRIEF: Sophomores ruled the field on Monday night as sophomore Ryan Hendrickson drove in the go-ahead run as Apprentice School defeated Briarcliffe College 2-1 in the opening round of the USCAA Small College World Series. On the mound a combined effort from sophomores Ryland Edwards and Sam Massie gave the Builders win #33 on the year.
- Apprentice School scored a run in the first as Chris Aldridge hit a triple down the right field line to score Trevin Wilson who started the game with a walk.
- Ryland Edwards kept the Buildogs in check for the first four innings before Briarcliffe clawed a run in the fifth as Anthony Mele doubled in Joseph Fiorino who had singled and stole second.
- In the sixth, the Builders pushed a run across as Harris opened with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Mark Labrador. Hendrickson followed with a single to right to plate Harris for the 2-1 advantage.
- Edwards threw the first six for the Apprentice School allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts to put his record at 5-0. Sam Massie pitched the seventh for the Apprentice School and earned his fifth save with two strikeouts.
BEHIND THE BOXSCORE
- Four Bulldogs had a hit apiece for Briarcliffe in Fiorino, Puma, Juan Colon and Daniel Farino. The Builders were topped by Aldridge who was 3-for-4 and Wilson who was 2-for-3.
- A much different affair than when these teams met in late February as the Builders scored a 16-5 win over Briarcliffe in the Builder Invitational on February 24.
- Two single season records were tied on Monday night - with his triple in the first inning, Aldridge ties the school record for triples in a season with seven. Massie ties the single season saves record as he recorded his fifth with the clean seventh inning.
Apprentice School faces Selma University in a 4 pm winners bracket semifinal on Tuesday afternoon.