Bases LoadedGAMBIER, Ohio (April 28, 2006) Swinging the sticks with great authority, the Lords baseball team is averaging nearly nine runs a game, obliterating every offensive College record, and blazing a path toward postseason play. The Lords finished off the regular season with a 27-11 record and bashed their way into the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament .
"We are extremely excited to be in the position we're in, but we know our job isn't finished," head coach Matt Burdette says. "Last year we really felt like we deserved to be in the tournament, but we lost a tiebreaker to Hiram, so this year the main focus was not necessarily on just making the tournament, but advancing to the championship round."
Only four teams in the conference qualify for the tournament. In order to advance to the championship round, the Kenyon men will have to defeat Ohio Wesleyan University (24-11, 13-3 NCAC) in the semifinal, best-of-three series at Littick Field in Delaware, Ohio. Two games will be played Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.; if the teams split those games, a deciding third game will be played out Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Kenyon's remarkable ride toward the tournament was highlighted by numerous single-season team records, including new marks for wins (27), batting average (.367), runs scored (338), hits (445), doubles (97), triples (22), and runs batted in (302). Additionally, the Lords earned a national ranking as high as No. 28, and late in the season they owned the second-highest batting average among all teams in Division III.