Apprentice School fell into the losers' bracket of the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series with a 6-0 defeat Wednesday to Cincinnati-Clermont.
Ryan Beard pitched a six-hit shutout for the Cougars, who are on a 20-game winning streak.
The Builders (34-9), who are 2-1 at the event in Butler, Pa., must win three consecutive games to capture the championship.
They will play at 11 a.m. Thursday against Penn State Greater Allegheny. Whichever team emerges will need to defeat Cincinnati-Clermont twice in the finals.
Mike Gastrich smashed a solo home run to left field for UC Clermont's first run. Trevor Cunningham and John Cloyd followed with RBI singles to push the lead to 3-0.
An unearned run in the fourth gave Clermont a 4-0 lead before Cloyd and Jake Scarloto had RBI singles in the sixth.
Beard struck out five and walked one. Trevin Wilson topped the Builders with a 2-for-4 performance.
Alex Perez drove in a career-high four runs as No. 22 Virginia Tech beat High Point for the sixth straight time, 11-4.
The host Hokies, in strong contention for an NCAA tournament at-large bid, improved to 31-19. Poquoson's Chad Pinder scored two runs and batted 1-for-4 for the Hokies. ...
Junior Joey Cujas had two hits and three RBI to help VCU (24-23) gain a 9-7 win at Maryland (28-24).
James Madison sophomore leadoff hitter Morgan Heath, a Grafton High graduate, batted 4-for-4 with a walk, a run and an RBI as the second-seeded Dukes routed No. 3 Delaware 10-2 in six innings in the first round of the four-team, double-elimination Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Hempstead, N.Y.
The Dukes (40-13) set a school record with 18 hits, reached the 40-victory mark for the first time and advanced to Thursday's game at top-seeded Hofstra, which beat No. 4 Towson 6-0.
Delaware (35-21) faces Towson at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in an elimination game.
Virginia Tech freshman Amerigo Contini moved into the 64-man NCAA singles field after originally being an alternate.
A spot was opened when No. 5 seed KU Singh of Georgia quit the team, citing differences with the coaching staff.
Old Dominion signed midfielder Jasmine Diaz of Dix Hills, N.Y., to a national letter of intent. She is a National Honor Society member from Half Hollow Hills East High.
The Monarchs' 11-member recruiting class also includes Kellam forward Carly Goldsborough, Ocean Lakes midfielder Grace Haverly and Cox forward Melanie Oaks.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun