WSU Topples No. 2 Mount Olive To Reach World Series Semifinals

CARY, NC — Winona State is 2-0 at the NCAA Division II College World Series and will play this Thursday for a chance to go to the National Championship Game after shocking second-ranked Mount Olive, 9-3, at Coleman Field.

The plan for Warrior hitting was to attack early in the counts facing Carter Capps who is expected to be drafted next month’s Major League Baseball draft. Capps entered the game 24-0 in his college career with a 1.36 ERA and was holding hitters to a .177 average. In the first inning Nate Van Rockel hit a first pitch single up the middle. With two outs Joe Kley singled down the line and Cody Strang kept the Warrior hitting going with a two RBI double to right center.

Kyle Sill started the second inning with single to left field and advanced to second on a throwing error from Trojan catcher Nick Gaeta. With two outs and Sill still at second Tony Mueller doubled down the left field line scoring Sill. Van Rockel followed with a single scoring Mueller from second to give Winona State a 4-0 lead. 

The WSU scoring was not done yet. In the third inning the Warriors made some noise with two outs after Jared Anderson reached on an error then stole second. Sill then singled up the middle scoring Anderson from second. Following a wild pitch advanced Sill to second, John Magee singled through the right side extending Winona State’s lead to 6-0.

Mount Olive would get a run back in the bottom of the fourth but WSU would get the runs back in the top of the fifth after John Magee blasted a two run home run over the right field fence, giving the Warriors an 8-1 lead. The homerun would also knock Capps out of the game.

WSU added one more run in the eighth after Kley advanced home on a throwing error by Mount Olive shortstop Ryan Faison who was attempting to turn a double play to end the inning.

The Trojans were able to get runs in the bottom of the fifth and seventh but the nine WSU runs proved to be too much for Mount Olive.

Sill went 3-for-4, scored three runs and had an RBI while Magee would go 2-for-4 with three RBI and hit his fourth home run this season. 

WSU starter Kodey Simon went seven innings and struck out two for the Warriors earning his eighth win of the season. The win brings WSU’s record to 41-17, just one short of the single-season school mark..

Winona State will have the next two days off before playing again this Thursday at 6 pm CT.