Franklin College Claims Second HCAC Baseball Tournament Title

Franklin College Claims Second HCAC Baseball Tournament Title

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franklin College upended Anderson University to capture the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball championship. The Grizzlies capped a perfect three-game run through the tournament by defeating Anderson, 7-1, at John P. McDowell Field.

With the victory, Franklin earned the HCAC automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second time in school history. The Grizzlies improved to 38-3 overall this season.

In Saturday's championship victory over the Ravens the Franklin offense compiled 13 hits and seven runs against the Anderson pitching staff. 

Sophomore designated hitter Nick Wright (Bloomington, Ind.) finished the game 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI.  Junior short stop Sam Claycamp (Columbus, Ind.) finished 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI in the win.

Franklin advanced to Saturday's championship round by virtue of the winner's bracket.  The Grizzlies, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, topped Manchester 9-6 on Thursday and secured their spot in the championship game by defeating Rose-Hulman, 13-9 on Friday. 

The Grizzlies are the fifth top seed to capture the HCAC baseball tournament title, joining Earlham (2017), Rose-Hulman (2016), Anderson (2015) and Manchester (2004, 2013) as the only other teams to accomplish the feat. 

The NCAA tournament draw will be released on May 13. 

2018 Baseball All-Tournament Team

Ryan Bixler, Franklin (MOP)

Frank Podkul, Franklin

Nick Wright, Franklin

Sam Claycamp, Franklin

Aaron Leming, Franklin

John Becker, Anderson

Nick Butcher, Anderson

Joseph Moran, Anderson

Conner Shipley, Rose-Hulman

Luke Calabrese, Rose-Hulman

Tournament Results

Thu., May 10
Bluffton 5
Manchester 8
Final
2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships @ Franklin, Ind.
Bluffton
5
Manchester
8
Final R H E
Bluffton (21-17) 5 12 3
Manchester (20-20) 8 10 4
Rose-Hulman 7
Anderson 4
Final - 10 innings
HCAC Tournament Opening Round
Rose-Hulman
7
Anderson
4
Final (10) R H E
Rose-Hulman (20-21) 7 13 1
Anderson (22-19) 4 8 4
Manchester 6
Franklin 9
Final
2018 HCAC Tournament
Manchester
6
Franklin
9
Final R H E
Manchester (20-21) 6 10 3
Franklin (35-3) 9 15 3
Fri., May 11
Anderson 5
Bluffton 4
Final
HCAC Tournament - Elimination Game @ Franklin, Ind.
Anderson
5
Bluffton
4
Final R H E
Anderson (23-19) 5 9 3
Bluffton (21-18) 4 8 1
Franklin 13
Rose-Hulman 9
Final
HCAC Tournament @ Franklin, Ind.
Franklin
13
Rose-Hulman
9
Final R H E
Franklin (37-3) 13 17 2
Rose-Hulman (20-22) 9 13 2
Anderson 6
Manchester 5
Final
HCAC Tournament @ Franklin, IN
Anderson
6
Manchester
5
Final R H E
Anderson (24-19) 6 11 3
Manchester (20-22) 5 11 4
Sat., May 12
Rose-Hulman 7
Anderson 11
Final
HCAC Tournament - Elimination Game @ Franklin, Ind.
Rose-Hulman
7
Anderson
11
Final R H E
Rose-Hulman (20-23) 7 8 0
Anderson (25-19) 11 12 1
Anderson 1
Franklin 7
Final
HCAC Tournament - Championship Game @ Franklin, Ind.
Anderson
1
Franklin
7
Final R H E
Anderson (25-20) 1 6 2
Franklin (38-3) 7 13 1