Shark baseball at Nationals

Date Published: 05/29/2014

The Sharks could find no answer for Iowa Western's pitching or hitting Wednesday night, falling 10-0 against the nation's third-ranked team.

MDC was held to just four hits and no runs, with sophomore Kyle Carter posting two hits and Nick Bateman and Bryan Colon each claiming a hit. Freshman pitcher Johnathan Bermudez took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits in less than three innings of work before making way for Alejandro Castro and Michel Del Sol.

Despite the ugly loss, there are still two scenarios under which the team could claim their first national title since 1981. First, they’ll need to defeat Spartanburg Methodist on Thursday (May 29) in a rematch of Sunday’s game, which the Sharks won 8-3. Then, things get dicey. Should Iowa Western win its match against Midland, the Sharks will have to beat Iowa Western twice to take the title. If Midland wins, on the other hand, it comes down to a coin toss: The winner of the toss claims a “bye game” and advances to the championship, while the two remaining teams scrap it out in an additional game for the chance to compete for the title. Iowa Western last faced Midland on Monday, winning in a 9-run shutout.