Missouri Baptist outfielder Ryan Gunhouse slapped a single over the head of the Rogers State (Okla.) third baseman to score Patrick Johnson for second base, as the No. 9 Spartans rallied to knock off the defending national runner-up and tenth seeded Hillcats, 5-4, Monday afternoon in game nine of the 2013 NAIA Baseball World Series at Harris Field. With the win, Missouri Baptist (37-13), who is making its first appearance at the World Series, advances to play No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) at 5 p.m. CDT on Tuesday. Rogers State (36-24) is eliminated from the championship.
Johnson, the American Midwest Conference Player of the Year, picked the perfect time to extend his hitting streak to eight games as the senior shortstop beat out a dribbler to first base for an infield single and advanced to second when the Rogers State first baseman threw it over the head of the covering pitcher to start the ninth. Gunhouse wasted no time driving in Johnson with a single on the next pitch.
Matt Marsh threw three innings of scoreless relief to earn the win and improve to 3-4 on the season. Marsh has now thrown four innings, allowed no runs and only two hits at this year’s World Series. Missouri Baptist catcher Garrett Vail extended his hitting streak to nine games and finished 1-for-4.