Concord (36-18) swung the momentum back in its favor with two runs in the bottom of the fifth after Bret Blevins, Jerrod Groves and T.J. Brockway, the Mountain Lions' 7-8-9 hitters, reached base on two walks sandwiched around a hit-by-pitch. Highlighting the kind of day it was, each of them fell behind in the count and each had two strikes on them when they reached.
Mountain Lions leadoff man Andrew Seigel delivered a two-run seeing-eye single that pushed Concord's lead back to 8-4. The freshman went 3 for 4 with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs.
"The whole postseason we've been good at banging out hits, especially with two outs," Seigel said. "We put guys on base and we were able to score runs when we needed them."
Concord will enter the NCAA Division II regional tournament having won 18 of its last 21 games. Seton Hill is also expected to receive an at-large invitation.
"I'm proud of our guys," Wright said. "This is about the people I have around me and I'm more happy for them and for what they've gone through to be a part of this program and put themselves in this position. I'm very happy and very honored to be the head coach of this group."
Despite falling a step short, State made a nice turnaround from a 22-27 campaign last season and gave Bailey hope for the future.
"We had a terrible year last year, in fact we were picked fifth in our division," Bailey said. "We re-established ourselves, got respect again, and we're looking forward to next year now."
The WVC will disband after this school year, with most WVC teams reconvening in the new Mountain East Conference. Bailey, who was shooting for his 18th WVC title, is sorry to see the conference fall by the wayside.
"Like I've said before, I didn't vote to get out of the conference, nor was I asked," Bailey said. "My preference would be to be in the conference, make it all West Virginia like it used to be, and I think the rivalries would establish themselves a little bit better. I'm not convinced it was the right move but that's the move we're in and that's what we'll live with."
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