Former West High standout Tuckett Slade belted a pinch-hit, three-run homer to lead Bellevue University (Neb.) to a 15-3 victory over Ohio Dominican University last week in the Bruins' first game of the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
The Bruins, who won the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season crown with a 21-3 record and the MCAC Tournament championship, earned an at-large bid to the World Series after losing a three-game series to Jamestown College in the Super Regional in North Dakota.
It was the Bruins' 12th appearance in the World Series in the last 14 years.
After beating Ohio Dominican, eighth-seeded Bellevue (52-17) lost to No. 1 seed Lee University 7-1, and then was ousted from the Series with a 6-1 loss to Embry-Riddle.
For the year, Slade, a junior working mostly as a pinch-hitter or designated hitter, had 43 at-bats in 51 games and hit .349 with two doubles, two homers and 21 RBIs. He walked nine times and stuck out just eight times.