Shark baseball at Nationals

Date Published: 05/30/2014

On the brink of elimination, the Sharks stepped up to the plate and beat Spartanburg Methodist 13-2. With their second victory over Spartanburg in this series, the Sharks advance to the title game where they’ll face Iowa Western.

The Sharks' hitters feasted on Spartanburg in the second inning, driving in six runs crowned by a Kyle Carter single that brought home two base runners. With blood in the water, MDC’s bats kept the feeding frenzy going, adding two runs in the third inning that included Nick Bateman’s second inside-the-park home run of the series; and five runs in the fifth inning, sparked by a Bateman homerun blast, to end the game on a run rule.

In all, the Sharks teed-off for 13 hits that included two doubles by Freshman Darren Seferina and a triple by sophomore Mario Amaral.

Meanwhile, Sharks’ freshman left-hander Robert Evans lead his team to another victory, pitching all five innings and allowing just two runs to top a dramatic season in which he has overcome open-heart surgery and endured the passing of his father.

To win their first National Championship since 1981, the Sharks will have to beat Iowa Western twice. The two teams last faced off on Wednesday, with Iowa Western coming away with a 10-0 victory.

The action starts 9 p.m. on Friday (May 30). Should the Sharks win on Friday, they’ll play for the National Championship on Saturday (May 31) at 9 p.m.