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Published: Saturday, May 25, 2019 @ 7:17 AM
By: David Jablonski
— The Dayton Flyers will play Saturday for a spot in the NCAA baseball tournament. They need to beat Fordham twice on the final day of the Atlantic 10 tournament to get there.
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No. 3 seed Dayton lost 4-2 to No. 4 Fordham on Friday but kept their hopes alive by eliminating No. 2 seed Davidson on Friday night with a 5-2 victory. Senior Tyler Henry, of Middletown pitched Dayton to victory against Davidson, striking out a career-high 11 batters in 7 2/3 innings.
“The first three years, everything we went through, being out here with the chance to win the ‘ship is the greatest thing ever,” Henry said in a Twitter video.
Senior Tyler Henry was MONEY tonight! 🤑— Dayton Baseball (@DaytonBaseball) May 25, 2019
The left-hander from Middletown earned the win on the mound and struck out a career-high 11 batters in 7.2 innings to help lock up Dayton’s spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship game!#Flyboys✈️ pic.twitter.com/N43rL2ffPn
Dayton also handed Davidson its previous loss in the double-elimination tournament, 7-3 on Thursday.
Dayton (32-25-1) plays Fordham (37-22) at noon Saturday at Fordham’s Houlihan Park in Bronx, N.Y. The game will be televised on ESPN+. Fordham will win the championship if it wins that game. If Dayton wins, the teams will play a deciding game 30 minutes after the first game.
The NCAA tournament bracket will be revealed at noon Monday on ESPNU.
Dayton seeks its second A-10 championship and first since 2012 when it beat Richmond 3-0 in the final. Fordham won its first and only A-10 championship in 1998. It lost in the final in 2007.
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Hunter Wolfe, who started the tournament opener Wednesday against Rhode Island, earned the save against Davidson with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless work.