Shane Adler was hit by a pitch, stole second base, and then scored the winning run early Sunday morning as the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse beat Emory University 3-2 in 12 innings at the 2015 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship. UW-L is 2-0 in its first-ever appearance at the World Series, and is now one win away from playing in the National Championship finals.UW-L took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st after run-scoring hits from Justin Anderson and Bryce Barsness. Anderson's single was aided by an error by left fielder Wilson Morgan, who bobbled the ball and allowed Taylor Kohlwey to score. Wilson also committed an error on Barsness' single to left field, and Emory committed three errors in the first two innings.
Miller worked into the 7th inning, striking out nine Eagles batters and allowing no runs, but departed after the first two batters reached base with singles. Jameson Sadowske came on in relief, striking out the first two batters he faced, but Morgan singled to right center to drive in the game-tying runs. Emory tallied four hits in the inning and wrinkled Miller's final line.
Joel Zyhowski singled to start the 9th, and advanced to second base on a passed ball. Eric Vatch tried to bunt him over to third, but was unsuccessful and was later called out on strikes.
Emory closer Kyle Monk entered the game, and got Alex Cordova to ground to the shortstop, moving Zyhowski to third base with two outs. Kohlwey was intentionally walked to bring up Anderson, who grounded out to short.
In the first extra frame, Emory put runners on first and second with one out, but Sadowske induced a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.
Ben Morgan and Barsness struck out to begin the bottom of the 10th before Adler reached on the fourth Emory error of the night. Travis Buxton-Verstegen followed with a single to center to set up Zyhowski with the winning-run at second and two outs, but he flied to left field.
Sadowske shut down the Eagles in the top of the 11th, then Vatch started the bottom half with an infield single. He was moved to second on a sac bunt by Cordova. Kohlwey was intentionally walked, but then was called out for interference while sliding into second base to break up a double play, ending the inning.
Sadowske worked through the 12th, his sixth inning of work and longest outing of his career with the Eagles. He picked up the win after Adler crossed home plate in the bottom half to notch UW-L's 35th win of the season, a new program record. Sadowske finished with six strikeouts and one walk allowed.
UW-L is now 3-1 in extra inning games. The Eagles will play Sunday night at 7:45 p.m. against either Trinity University of Emory after they play an elimination game earlier Sunday afternoon.