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FRND - Tue, Jul. 18, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. - The Friends University Baseball team earned the program's first NAIA Opening Round win in 2017. That victory has been voted the No. 6 moment of 2016-2017 by the Falcon coaches and staff.

The Falcons earned a postseason berth in 2017 with top-30 rankings in the NAIA Coaches Poll, the Bo Chip Power Index  and their strength of schedule. A 16-10 record in the KCAC, one of the strongest conferences in the nation got them a No. 4 seed in the Oklahoma City Opening Round where they faced off with No. 5 seed College of Idaho.

Friends got on the board in the 3rd inning against the Yotes with singles by Eric Baynton and Jacob Trimble sandwiched around a sacrifice bunt by Augie Isaacson for a 1-0 lead. The Falcons extend their lead with four runs on five hits in the 7th inning. The first four batters reached for Friends, with Jordan Burnett doubling followed by singles from Zach McAnally, Baynton and Isaacson. Elijah Christenson dealt the final blow with a two-run single with two outs.

College of Idaho scored their only run of the game in the top of the 8th, loading the bases with no outs, but they would only get their tally with a walk with two outs.

Ryan Baca was outstanding on the mound for the Falcons, going 8.0 innings and allowing just one run on seven hits. He walked two and struck out seven.

Friends would add another victory in the postseason (again over College of Idaho) to finish third in their Opening Round bracket.

The Falcons earned their first win in the current format, started in 2009. It was their second berth in the nine years, with the other coming in 2013.

Tune in later this week for the next moment on the countdown.