MEQUON, Wisconsin - Junior Jimmy Carrington hit a two-run single and senior Jacob Roley tossed the team's second complete game of the day as the MSOE baseball team advanced in the 2017 NACC Tournament with a 3-2 victory over Aurora Friday afternoon at Kapco Park.
The Raiders (21-20) are now one win away from a second-straight trip to the championship game. They continue their tourney run Saturday at 10 a.m. against the loser of Concordia Wisconsin and Concordia Chicago.
The Spartans (26-16) scored first with a run in the fourth inning before a three-run fifth inning thrust MSOE into the lead.
With one out in the frame, sophomore Andres Oselio and junior Ryan Newman hit back-to-back singles. Sophomore Nick Gross loaded the bases with a walk. Carrington then singled through the left side to score Oselio and Newman.
After a fly out moved Gross to third, he came into score when an Aurora error extended the inning. His run was a critical insurance run that put the Raiders ahead 3-1.
The worth of the run was felt after AU pulled a run back in the eighth inning. Roley limited the damage in the frame and went back out there for the ninth inning. He retired the first two hitters before a single kept Aurora's hopes alive. After a meeting on the mound, Roley stayed in and Newman made a sliding catch on a sinking liner to end the game and secure the win.
Roley (3-4) followed junior Michael Boehmer's lead from the first game of the day by going 9.0 innings and limiting the Spartans to just eight hits and two runs. He struck out three and walked none.
Boehmer went the distance in the first elimination game of the day, holding Dominican to just one run over 9.0 innings. The two complete games are crucial for the Raiders as they look to advance in the tournament, as they would need to win three more games for the title.
MSOE's offense was held to just four hits but Red & White hitters drew six walks and took advantage of four Aurora errors in the game.
With the win, the Raiders clinched at least a .500 record this season marking back-to-back .500-or-better seasons for the first time on record for the program since a six-year run from 1978-83. The team's 21 wins are also tied for the second-most in a season on record.