New Hampshire Hardball

Lincoln, Eastern Conn. State advance

MANSFIELD, Conn. – Londonderry’s Nolan Lincoln raised his record to 6-0 by earning the win for pitching 1.2 innings of relief as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team advanced to the Division III World Series by beating Rowan, 7-6, in 13 innings Sunday in the Mansfield, Conn. Super Regional.

Lincoln, a Londonderry High School graduate, didn’t allow a run during his relief appearance, which came in the longest game in the program’s 190-game NCAA post-season playoff history.

The Warriors will open in their 13th NCAA national tournament – first in 15 years — Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Baldwin Wallace University (37-11) at the eight-team, double-elimination tournament at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Eastern will be gunning for a fifth national championship. Joining second-seeded Eastern and seventh-seeded Baldwin Wallace (Berea, OH) in the tournament will be No. 5 UW-Stevens Point, No. 8 Catholic University, No. 6 Trinity University (TX), No. 4 Salisbury University, No. 3 LaGrange College and No. 1 Marietta College. Eastern, Baldwin Wallace, LaGrange, and Trinity are in bracket 2, with the winner of that double-elimination bracket meeting the bracket 1 winner in a best-of-three series.

Ranked No. 1 in Division III, Eastern (44-3) won Friday’s best-of-three opener, 6-1.


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