The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team staved off elimination by winning its first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Div. II World Series game on Saturday, defeating the No. 7 Community College of Rhode Island Knights, 11-5.
Trailing 5-3, the Bucs (37-16) scored eight runs in their half of the seventh inning, including a grand slam by Brett Huffman.
Adding to Huffman's four-RBI day, shortstop Danny Fraga drove in two runs and hit a double in the game. The Bucs scored their 11 runs on 11 hits.
Ninth-ranked CVCC lost 5-4 in the tournament's opening game on Saturday to the second-ranked Div. II team in the country, Heartland Community College.
The Bucs play the nation's No. 3 team, Lackawanna College, in consolation bracket action on Monday at 3:30 p.m. Lackawanna defeated Grand Rapids Community College, 12-4, on Sunday night.