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9th inning dooms Eagles; Cortland takes D3 title

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The UW-La Crosse baseball team saw their season come to a heart-breaking end with a 6-2 loss to SUNY-Cortland in the NCAA Div. III World Series.

The Red Dragons are the national champs after sweeping the best of three series two games to none.

The Eagles got run-scoring singles from Bryce Barsness and Shane Adler in the 6th inning to take a 2-1 lead.

It stayed that way until the 9th when Cortland scored 5 runs off UW-L ace reliever Jameson Sadowske. 

 Defense was an issue too for the Eagles. 

They committed three errors, including two in the 9th.

Just two of the six runs scored by Cortland were earned. 

"Being in the national championship you can be up six runs and it's like a one run lead.  I'd like to think we had a good shot at it.  They hit the ball today.  They did stuff they were supposed to do.  There were some balls that fell into gaps that shouldn't normally be hits," said Barsness.

"It stings right now.  It's not good.  Anytime you lose a ball game it stings, especially a ball game of this magnitude.  It's going to hurt and it's going to hurt for a little while," said head coach Chris Schwarz.

The Eagles capped off their best season ever thanks to their 36 wins.

They finished 36-16 overall.

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