Wright State wins Horizon League Championship

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The Wright State baseball team took a rough to the Horizon League Championship Saturday afternoon, taking a lead early and losing it before storming back for an 11-9 victory over UIC in front a loud home crowd. It was the Raiders' third title in the last four years.

The Raiders put together a double, two singles and a sacrifice fly to plate five runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead, but the Flames seized upon opportunities to score one in the third and seven in the fourth for an 8-5 lead to chase WSU starter Derek Hendrixson. Wright State chipped away with one in the sixth, three more in the seventh and a security run in the eighth to seal the comeback 11-9.

The championship marked the seventh Horizon League title for Wright State baseball and will mark its sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006.

Peyton Burdick's home run in the bottom of the seventh capped the comeback win and put the Raiders up 10-9. Burdick ended the game with three hits, two RBI, and three runs scored as he was named the MVP of the tournament. Gabe Snyder had four hits and an RBI as Zach Weatherford led the way with three RBI on four hits, including a double and a home run.

Jeremy Randolph settled the Flames bats with 3.2 innings to pick up his fifth win of the season while Ryan Weiss came out of the bullpen to secure his first save of the year after throwing four innings in the tournament opener.

The Raiders will wait until Monday at Noon for the official NCAA Selection Show on ESPNU. Team and Fans are invited to Selection Party at the Fairborn TJ Chumps Monday at Noon.

All Tournament Team

Milwaukee: Jared Reklaitis

Oakland: Jake Lee

UIC: Aaron Ackerman, Matt Bottcher, Ryan Campbell

Wright State: Peyton Burdick (MVP), Seth Gray, Bentley Jones, JD Orr, Caleb Sampen, Chase Slone, Ryan Weiss

SCORING PLAYS

Bottom of First

SNYDER doubled down the lf line, RBI (3-2 BBBKKFFF); BURDICK advanced to third; ORR scored.

HARRIS flied out to lf, SF, RBI (2-1 BBK); BURDICK scored.

SLONE singled up the middle, 2 RBI (2-2 KBKBF); GRAY scored; SNYDER scored.

WEATHERFORD singled to center field, RBI (0-1 K); JONES advanced to second; SLONE scored.

Top of Third

PATRICK flied out to cf to left center, SF, RBI (2-1 SBB); LIN-PEISTRUP advanced to second; NORTON advanced to third; SMART scored.

Top of Fourth

ACKERMAN doubled down the lf line, RBI (0-1 F); OTA scored.

SMART homered to left center, 2 RBI (2-0 BB); ACKERMAN scored.

BOTTCHER walked, RBI (3-1 BBFBB); PATRICK advanced to second; LIN-PEISTRUP advanced to third; NORTON scored, unearned.

SMITH walked, RBI (3-1 BBBKB); BOTTCHER advanced to second; PATRICK advanced to third; LIN-PEISTRUP scored.

OTA reached on a fielding error by ss (3-2 KKBBB); SMITH advanced to second; BOTTCHER scored, unearned; PATRICK scored, unearned.

Bottom of Fourth

HARRIS singled up the middle, RBI (0-2 KF); SNYDER advanced to second; BURDICK scored, unearned.

Bottom of Sixth

GRAY singled through the right side, RBI (1-2 KBK); HARRIS advanced to second; SNYDER scored.

Top of Seventh

ACKERMAN homered to right field, RBI (1-1 KB).

Bottom of Seventh

WEATHERFORD homered to left field, RBI (1-0 B).

Bottom of Eighth

WEATHERFORD doubled down the lf line, RBI (1-2 FSB); GRAY scored, unearned.

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