UNION, N.J. – The Shenandoah University baseball team earned its first regional championship since 2010 with a 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon at the Union Regional over Kean (N.J.).
The Hornets (35-13) advance to next week's Super Regional versus Johns Hopkins thanks to the Sunday sweep over Kean (31-16).
An official announcement as to the location of next week's best-of-three series with the Blue Jays is expected to be announced by the NCAA on Monday.
Seemingly out of pitching after coming through the loser's bracket, Shenandoah got a performance for the ages from senior Ryan Couloun.
Couloun (1-0), making just his second-ever start and third career appearance, allowed just one run on six hits in 7.0 innings to put the Hornets in position to win the title.
Barnes earned his first career save by immediately inducing a double play ball, and then a groundout to second.
In the ninth, he worked around a one-out double to get a fly ball to center and a groundout to third to clinch the victory.
With the score tied at 1-1, Shenandoah scored three runs on four hits off of Cougars starter Daniel Chiusano in the sixth to provide the winning margin.
Naill, the Hornets DH, made Kean pay with an RBI single to right center.
Grant Thompson, who had homered to right in the third, drove in the final run with an infield single.
Shenandoah turned three double plays and did not commit an error in the win.
Baker, Nussman and Thompson all had two hits.
Baker is now four hits from the all-time lead at Shenandoah.