Brewton-Parker, Ga. 8, Bellevue, Neb. 4
May. 31, 1997
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Pete Franciosi's two-run triple off the right field wall highlighted a four-run sixth inning and Brewton-Parker, Ga., went on to beat Bellevue, Neb., 8-4 for the NAIA baseball championship Friday.
``I guess everybody was right. We are the No. 1 team in the nation,'' Brewton-Parker coach Mike Robins said of his top-ranked and top-seeded team.
Brewton-Parker (64-7) broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the fifth, then put away its 31st straight victory with four in the sixth.
``The sixth inning was the turning point of the game,'' said coach Mike Evans, who led Bellevue (43-16) to the 1995 national title. He said his team was ``in a tough situation getting that far behind.''
Brewton-Parker starter Derek Gooden (14-1) pitched five innings, giving up nine hits and three runs, all earned. Losing pitcher Todd Schmieding (5-4) gave up eight hits, four runs and walked five in 4 1-3 innings.