XULA finishes second to Bluefield State in Black College World Series

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(Photo: Marlon Roundtree)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Bluefield State took advantage of six consecutive walks in a six-run first-inning Saturday in a 7-2 victory against Xavier University of Louisiana in the championship game of the Black College World Series at Riverwalk Stadium.

XULA forced a winner-take-all game earlier in the afternoon of the double-elimination baseball tournament with a 16-2 victory that was called after seven innings because of the 10-run rule.

The consecutive walks occurred with one out and gave Bluefield State (15-12) a 3-0 lead. After a bases-loaded groundout produced the fourth run, Shane Reviello made it 6-0 when he singled home Caden Carpenter and Noah Wootten.

Jamal Allen, who entered after starter Anthony Dumas walked five in a row, settled down and produced 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh. Allen worked the final 7 2/3 innings.

Danny Coleman in the second inning singled home XULA’s first run, and Austin Anderson in the fifth singled home Courtland Posey with the second run.

XULA finished 3-2 in the tournament, which had a mix of NAIA and NCAA Division II teams. Also competing were Savannah State, Rust, Edward Waters and Florida Memorial. XULA was the No. 1 seed, and Bluefield State was No. 3.

Next for XULA (26-9) will be another double-elimination event: the Association of Independent Institutions Championship at Lawrenceville, Ga. XULA is seeded third out of five teams and will play second-seeded Fisher at 3 p.m. EDT next Saturday. The A.I.I. champion will earn an automatic bid to the NAIA nationals opening round May 17-20.

XULA had been announced Thursday as the A.I.I. No. 4 seed, but new seedings announced Friday had XULA and Talladega swapping places in the bracket.

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