Max Bethell took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and Kyle Garlick led a 16-hit attack with four hits as nationally eighth-ranked Cal Poly Pomona won its third straight elimination game, defeating second-ranked Catawba College 11-2 in a semifinal game at the NCAA Division II baseball tournament Thursday in Cary.
Cal Poly Pomona (46-16) and Catawba (46-14) will face each other again at 3 p.m. Friday. The winner will play top-ranked Tampa on Saturday.
Bethell (8-3) retired the first 11 batters he faced before allowing a two-out walk in the bottom of the fourth inning. He then retired seven of the next eight batters, allowing another two-out walk in the sixth. His no-hit bid ended when Division II National Player of the Year Will Albertson blooped a single to shallow left-center to lead off the seventh inning.
Bethell came out of the game after the hit. He struck out six and walked two in 72/3 innings.
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Catawba broke up the shutout bid in the eighth on Malachi Hanes’ two-run homer.
Shaefer Shepard (11-4) took the loss for Catawba. He gave up four runs on five hits over 22/3 innings.
No. 1 Tampa 5, No. 15 Henderson State 2: Stephen Dezzi drove in three runs and three pitchers combined on a five-hitter as top-ranked Tampa clinched a spot in the Division II championship game. Eight Tampa batters had at least one hit. Henderson State, which is eliminated from the tournament, is assured of finishing no lower than fourth.