ERIE, Pa. - "Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina" - in late May. Cary, North Carolina, that is. For the first time in program history, the Mercyhurst University baseball team is heading to the NCAA Division II College World Series.
Three Mercyhurst pitchers held Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-rival Millersville to five hits while the offense produced single tallies in the sixth and seventh innings Sunday as the Lakers defeated the Marauders, 2-0, in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Championship game at Jerry Uht Park.
Mercyhurst improved to 39-9 on the season and will head to the Division II College World Series for the first time in eleven tries. Millersville, which defeated Winston-Salem State, 6-5, in an earlier elimination game Sunday, finished its season with a 45-11 overall record.
Redshirt sophomore Colin McKee, who went seven innings in the opener on Thursday, started and worked the first 4.2 innings, allowing four hits and fanning eight.
The Butler graduate finished the regionals by allowing seven hits and one run (zero earned) in 11.2 innings while striking out 18.
(photo courtesy of Mercyhurst University)