KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Inaugural season for the University of Fort Lauderdale comes to a close as the Eagles fall in the NCCAA National Championship game to No. 2 Concordia University Ann Arbor 13-3 at Motley Field on Tuesday evening.
Wilbert Javier-Vargas was named to the NCCAA World Series All-Tournament team. UFTL would finish the season with a 35-27 record.
Jake Cace was 1-for-3 with a run, a walk and a double, Aderlyn Cubilete went 1-for-4, Javier-Vargas was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a double, and Justin Martinez went 1-of-3 with a walk.
Josh Crawford started, but his night ended early as the game went into a two-hour rain delay in the top of the second inning. Crawford allowed five runs, four earned on four hits and a walk, with a strikeout. Anthony Anselmo pitched 4.2 innings surrendering five runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out five. Jacob Laroque pitched 0.1 innings giving up three runs on two hits and a walk. Caleb Rodriguez threw 2.2 innings giving up two hits and striking out two.
CUAA scored three runs in the top of the first.
The Cardinals added two runs in the second to build an early 5-0 lead.
Cubilete singled to start the bottom of the second; Chase Davis reached on a fielder’s choice, Cace doubled to left, moving Davis to third, Ethan Kaelin drove in Davis with a sacrifice fly to right, Erik Scott walked, then Javier-Vargas doubled to left to drive in Cace and Scott to cut the lead to 5-3.
Concordia got two runs back in the third to be in front 7-3.
The Cardinals added two runs in the fourth to stretch their lead to 9-3.
CUAA got a run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to close the scoring at 13-3.
The Eagles finished the NCCAA World Series with a record of 3-2, beating fourth-seeded Mid-America Christian 5-4, top-seeded Southwest Assemblies of God (Texas) 10-0, #3 University of Northwestern (Minn.) 13-4, before falling to No. 2 Concordia (Mich.) 18-5 and 13-3 in the championship game.