Kingsport, Tenn.- Led by senior pitcher Joe McCarty (SR/Martinez, GA)'s brillant game, the 4th seeded St. Andrews University baseball team advanced to the next round of the consolation bracket in Pool A of the Conference Tournament on Tuesday. McCarty threw a complete game three hit shutout to lead the Knights to the 3-0 victory over 8th seed Virginia Intermont College.
St. Andrews will now play the loser of the (5) Bryan College-(1)Tennessee Wesleyan winner's bracket game tomorrow at 1 pm. The Bryan/TWC game gets underway tonight at approximately 7 pm. VI is eliminated with the loss falling to 21-30 on the season while the Knights improve to 27-22.
McCarty's second shutout of the season improves him to 6-6 on the year while lowering his ERA to 3.24. McCarty went all nine innings walking just one and striking out 6 as he now has 46 Ks on the year.
First basemen Tyler Jordan (SR/Statesville, NC) and DH Matthew Beauchemin (JR/Pembroke Pines, FL) led the offense for the Knights as SAU did all their scoring in a three run fourth inning. Beauchemin got things started as he crushed his third home run of the season to give the Knights the 1-0 lead. Catcher Daniel Whitecavage (SR/Huntersville, NC) then reached base via error before 3B Michael Luing (JR/Panama City, FL) singled to put two runners on with one out. After another out, RF Michael Durig (SR/Valrico, FL) walked to load the bases before Jordan knocked in two runs with his single to left-center.
McCarty pitched so well that he never even allowed a runner to reach third base and only let two players even make it to second base in his terrific gem.
*Note: The All-AAC baseball team was released on Tuesday as well with 3 Knights making the All-Conference First team. They included center fielder Tyler Radcliff (JR/Burgaw, NC), DH Beauchemin and starting pitcher Chris Fee (JR/Orlando, FL). Reinhardt University won both player and pitcher of the year while Billy Berry of TWC was Coach of the Year. Radcliff was named to the Gold Glove team for his outstanding defense as well.