Justin Anderson's bases-clearing double highlighted a seven-run fourth inning, and the UW-La Crosse baseball team avoided elimination at the NCAA DIII Championship with a 12-3 win over Emory on Saturday.
The Eagles (39-9, 1-1 world series) will face either SUNY Cortland or Trinity in another elimination game. Those teams are scheduled to play Sunday morning at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, with the loser facing UW-L at approximately 4:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Emory took an early 1-0 lead over Troy Kenkel and the Eagles with a Brian Hernandez RBI single in the first inning, and led 3-2 in the fourth after a Nick Chambers two-run home run to left field.
It was all UW-L from that point, as the Eagles batted around in the bottom half of the inning and scored seven runs on nine hits. Every UW-L starter had a hit on the afternoon, and the team totaled 18 a night after being shutout against Trinity.
Taylor Kohlwey extended his hit streak to 51 games with a bunt single in the third inning. He finished 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored. Anderson and Nate Heili led the team with three hits a piece.
Kenkel earned the win by holding Emory to three earned runs over six innings. He struck out four and walked two batters. Hans Hansen took the loss, allowing nine earned runs and 12 hits over 3.1 innings.
UW-L extended its own single-season record by winning its 39th game of the season. The old record of 36 wins was set last season.