TLU sizzles in DIII World Series debut, defeating Wooster, 7-0

Tyler Cauley slammed a three-run homer in the first inning Friday night, propelling the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs to a 7-0 victory over the College of Wooster (Ohio) at the NCAA Division III World Series.

In TLU’s first ever D-III World Series game, Cauley produced three hits in four at bats for five RBIs to back the pitching of Nathan Malinovsky, who went the distance and shut down the explosive Fighting Scots on four hits.

The Bulldogs started fast, scoring three runs in the first, one in the second and two in the third.

In the process, they knocked out starter Chandler Dippman after four innings and forced the Fighting Scots to use five pitchers on the night. In all, the Bulldogs raked Wooster pitching for 14 hits.

Malinovsky, a junior from New Braunfels, pitched a masterpiece against one of the best offenses in the nation. He struck out nine and walked three in improving his record to 12-1. Dippman took the loss and fell to 8-1.

“Obviously, Nate was pretty awesome tonight,” TLU coach Greg Burnett said in comments posted on the school’s website. “He didn’t walk many guys, and that was important against (Wooster), who puts up a bunch of runs.

“Tyler’s home run in the first inning was big because like a lot of teams we had jitters, and that allowed us to settle down.”

Records

Texas Lutheran 39-9
Wooster 40-9

Friday’s scores

UT Tyler 10, Oswego (New York) 5
Misericordia 4, Randolph Macon 2
Concordia Chicago 9 Swarthmore 4
Texas Lutheran 7, Wooster (Ohio) 0

Saturday’s schedule

Oswego State vs. Randolph Macon, 10 a.m.
UT Tyler vs. Misericordia, 1:15 p.m.
Swarthmore vs. Wooster, 4:30 p.m.
TLU vs. Concordia-Chicago, 7:45 p.m.

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