KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The IU Southeast baseball team's season ended Thursday in a 9-6 loss to No. 5 Keiser University.
The No. 21-ranked Grenadiers fell behind 2-0 in the first inning before cutting the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning.
The Grenadiers (48-15) tied the game in the fourth when Lugo doubled and Cody Maloon followed with an RBI single.
The Seahawks (42-19) took the lead back for good in the fifth when Reyni Olivero hit a solo home run to right. Keiser would added five more runs in the eighth before IU Southeast tried to rally one more time.
After the Seahawks added a run in the ninth, Tanner Leenknecht hit a two-run single to make the deficit three runs.
The Grenadiers got the tying run to the plate after Lugo followed with a single. But Jeremy Graf came on to retire the next two Grenadier batters to end the game and send Keiser to its first NAIA World Series appearance.
IU Southeast finished the year with a school-record 48 wins and made the deepest run in the NAIA Tournament in school history. The Grenadiers scored 464 runs, the second-most in program history.