Posted: May 18, 2017 3:21 PMUpdated: May 18, 2017 3:26 PM

Oklahoma Wesleyan Headed to NAIA World Series

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Evan Fahrbach

For the second time in program history, Oklahoma Wesleyan is headed to the NAIA World Series.

The Eagles topped Indiana Tech 14-6 on Thursday afternoon at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium. The game was the second of two title games in the Bartlesville Bracket in the Opening Round of the NAIA Baseball Tournament.

Indiana Tech beat OKWU on Wednesday 18-14 to force the deciding championship game. 

The Eagles took the lead for good amid a five-run fifth inning. The first six guys to the plate reached on singles. OKWU trailed 5-4 going into the frame. Oklahoma Wesleyan tacked on three more in the sixth on two home runs. The second of which was a two-run shot from Alejandro Hernandez.

The Eagles hit four home runs on the day. Zach Johnson picked up the win on the mound. The lefty starter came out of the bullpen and threw five innings of one run baseball that allowed OKWU to grow its lead. Tyler Shumpert came on in the ninth and shut down the Warriors one last inning for the win. 

Oklahoma Wesleyan improves to 51-10. The Eagles will next travel to Lewiston, Idaho for the NAIA World Series beginning on May 26.

OKWU last made the NAIA World Series in 2014. The NAIA World Series is a 10-team double-elimination tournament comprised of the nine regional winners across the nation, and the host Lewis-Clark State College.  

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