Franklin College Claims Second Straight HCAC Baseball Tournament Title

Franklin College Claims Second Straight HCAC Baseball Tournament Title

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Franklin College upended top seed Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to capture the school's third Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball championship. The Grizzlies capped a perfect three-game run through the tournament by defeating Rose-Hulman, 9-8, at Art Nehf Field.

With the victory, Franklin earned the HCAC automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second time in school history. The Grizzlies improved to 28-13 overall this season.

In Sunday's championship victory over the Fightin' Engineers the Franklin offense compiled 13 hits and nine runs against the Anderson pitching staff. 

Senior short stop Sam Claycamp finished the game 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI, while senior first baseman Drew Naumovich added a double with two runs for the Grizzlies in the victory. 

Franklin advanced to Sunday's championship round by virtue of the winner's bracket. The Grizzlies, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, topped Anderson 6-4 on Thursday and secured their spot in the championship game by defeating Rose-Hulman, 7-2 on Friday. 

As the No. 2 seed in the tournament this year, the Grizzlies broke the four-year streak of a No. 1 seed claiming the tourney title. Franklin will learn of their opponent in the NCAA Division III tournament on Monday, May 13. 

2019 Baseball All-Tournament Team

Sam Claycamp, Franklin (MOP)

Quenton Wellington, Franklin

Nate Stonebreaker, Franklin

Aaron Leming, Franklin

Ryan Stachowski, Rose-Hulman

Logan Cody, Rose-Hulman

Sean Casey, Rose-Hulman

Michael Reese, Defiance

Cohen Nies, Defiance

Grant Thompson, Anderson

Tournament Results

Thu., May 09
Transylvania 8
Defiance 16
Final
HCAC Tournament @ Terre Haute, Ind.
Transylvania
8
Defiance
16
Final R H E
Transylvania (16-23) 8 21 2
Defiance (22-14-1) 16 20 0
Anderson 4
Franklin 6
Final
HCAC Tournament - Opening Round @ Terre Haute, Ind.
Anderson
4
Franklin
6
Final R H E
Anderson (20-15) 4 5 0
Franklin (26-13) 6 9 1
Fri., May 10
Defiance 4
Rose-Hulman 6
Final
HCAC Tournament
Defiance
4
Rose-Hulman
6
Final R H E
Defiance (22-15-1) 4 9 1
Rose-Hulman (26-10) 6 10 0
Anderson 13
Transylvania 4
Final
Anderson
13
Transylvania
4
Final R H E
Anderson (21-15) 13 16 0
Transylvania (16-24) 4 9 4
Franklin 7
Rose-Hulman 2
Final
HCAC Tournament @ Terre Haute, Ind.
Rose-Hulman
2
Franklin
7
Final R H E
Rose-Hulman (26-11) 2 7 2
Franklin (27-13) 7 7 0
Defiance 4
Anderson 3
Final - 10 innings
HCAC Tournament @ Terre Haute, Ind.
Defiance
4
Anderson
3
Final (10) R H E
Defiance (23-15-1) 4 7 1
Anderson (21-16) 3 9 2
Sat., May 11
Defiance 3
Rose-Hulman 6
Final
HCAC Tournament
Rose-Hulman
6
Defiance
3
Final R H E
Rose-Hulman (27-11) 6 12 2
Defiance (23-16-1) 3 8 1
Sun., May 12
Franklin 9
Rose-Hulman 8
Final
HCAC Tournament
Rose-Hulman
8
Franklin
9
Final R H E
Rose-Hulman (27-12) 8 15 0
Franklin (28-13) 9 13 1