April 15, 2011

Frostburg and Captains in control in tourneys

Greg Goldsmith posted the second CNU shutout in as many games with their 12-0 win over Methodist.
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No. 4 Christopher Newport will have two chances to win the 2011 USA South Conference baseball Tournament after upsetting No. 1 Shenandoah 10-4 Friday evening at Burlington Athletic Stadium. To get to the winners bracket final, Shenandoah held off No. 4 seed Averett for a 2-1 victory and Christopher Newport Captains breezed past #3 Methodist, 12-0. N.C. Wesleyan defeated Ferrum 10-1 to stay alive in the tournament but fell to Methodist 12-8 to end their tournament run. Saturday Averett takes on Methodist with the winner playing Shenandoah. Christopher Newport will play the last team standing on Sunday.

Mary Washington second baseman Eric Rehbein went 3-for-6 with a double, homer, two runs scored and three RBI to lead the fourth-seeded Eagles to an 11-3 victory over top-seeded Salisbury in Friday's second round of the CAC Baseball Championship Tournament. Second-seeded Frostburg State, the only unbeaten team in the tournament, and fifth-seeded Wesley also picked up wins. Wesley escaped elimination with a 5-3 win over York (Pa.) and Frostburg State defeated St. Mary (Md) 6-5. The action on Saturday moves to Salisbury where the final two days of the tournament are played.

One day after Kean survived a 1-0 scare from New Jersey City, the nationally #3 ranked and defending NJAC champion Cougars scored 10 runs in the fourth inning and compiled 28 hits in a 27-5 victory over the Gothic Knights in the second game of a two-day NJAC home-and-home series on Friday at the Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex.

Mississippi College pounded out 18 hits and scored in six of the nine innings on their way to a 14-8 victory over #6 Texas-Tyler at Irwin Field. With the win, the Choctaws have now won five games in a row and 11 of their last 12.  Mississippi College also stopped a 35-game home winning streak for the Patriots that dates back to February 27, 2010.

Freshman Greg Porter and junior Michael Hepple combined on a four-hitter and Jim Schult and Andrew Dewing drove in two runs each late in the game as the Eastern Connecticut State pulled away from Bridgewater State, 9-1, at Alumni Field.

No. 21 Redlands completed a season sweep of the Tigers of Occidental by scoring 10 late runs to come from behind for the 13-9 victory at the Yard. The Bulldogs finished off the Tigers in the eighth with their second consecutive five-run inning, highlighted by senior Nate Carlson's two-RBI single up the middle for the final lead of the game. Redlands bullpen put in an impressive effort, going six strong innings while giving up only one run in the process.

All-American right-hander Brad Orosey and Texas Lutheran hung on for a 5-3 ASC win over No. 24-ranked Hardin-Simmons. At HSU's Hunter Field, Orosey went the distance with a six-hitter and withstood a ninth-inning rally by the Cowboys.

Babson's Dave Ahern pitched a complete game win over the reigning New England Regional champs.
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Babson defeated visiting UMass-Boston, 8-0, in a non-conference matchup at Govoni Field. The Beavers were paced by senior pitcher Dave Ahern who pitched eight full inning allowing only five hits with no runs and five strikeouts.

Alvernia juniors Jeff Smith and Matt O'Neill watched eight innings of a pretty good game from the bench then figured prominently in its ending. Both players entered as defensive replacements along with closer Austin Rohrback to protect a two-run lead.  Rohrbach gave up a bases-loaded single to left to Widener senior Jason Brooke with two out in the ninth.  Smith charged and came up with a strike to O'Neill to nail the potential game-tying run and end the game, a 5-4 win for #19 Alvernia over Widener in Commonwealth Conference baseball action at Angelica Park.

Kiel Jindra pitched eight stellar innings and MIT scored four runs in the first inning on Friday to take the first game of their NEWMAC series against the Clark Cougars by a 7-1 margin at Briggs Field. Jindra allowed just four hits and an unearned run while striking out five batters. Henry Zhu pitched a perfect ninth inning in a non-save situation.

Mike DeWald fired a complete game three-hitter with 12 strikeouts as Rhode Island downed cross-city rival Johnson & Wales, 8-3 at Anchorman Field. DeWald went the distance to record the first complete game effort for the Anchormen this season.

Three at-bats, three runs, ignite Penn State Behrend to a 12-2 win over conference opponent D'Youville. In game two, the Lions posted a 20-6 score to sweep the series. Up 3-0, with one out in the second inning, Geoff Lang cracked a ball to deep left center. Hustling around the bases, the senior outfielder went on to score the seasons first inside the park home run, 3-0. Batting cleanup, Matt Bittner touched each base after he went yard over the left-field wall. Up next, Blake Pavli reached on triple then scored on a throwing error from the Spartans shortstop, 5-0.

Alex Eliopoulos' three-hit, complete game win moved Johns Hopkins into a three-way tie in the Centennial Conference.
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Alex Eliopoulos pitched a three-hit, complete-game gem to lead Johns Hopkins to a 3-0 shutout road victory over Gettysburg on Friday afternoon. The win, coupled with Franklin & Marshall's 4-3 loss to Washington College, moves the Blue Jays into a three-way tie atop the Centennial Conference standings with F&M and Haverford.

Western New England, winners of 10 of their last 11 contests, lost a close game to Keene State 5-6 in a key New England regional match-up. The game-winning RBI came on a single off of Erik Bergstrom's bat that whacked WNEC pitcher Mark DiTommaso in the leg and scurried away allowing Kyle Morrill to score the game's winning run.

Endicott scored four runs in the ninth inning on three consecutive two-out base hits, then had to survive a bases-loaded situation to outlast Southern Maine in a slugfest, 15-13, at the USM Baseball Stadium. With the win, the Gulls earned their 20th win of the season. Eric Lemke led the Gulls' 17-hit assault on six USM hurlers with three hits, including a double, and five RBI. Jake Northrup, who earned his third save on the mound, also had three hits, including a double and a triple, and two RBI.

Senior catcher Grant Friddell drove in three runs with a pair of extra-base hits as Texas-Dallas opened a weekend ASC series with a 7-2 win over East Texas Baptist. The victory - coupled with losses by division leaders UT-Tyler and Louisiana College temporarily moved the Comets into a virtual four-way tie atop the ASC East Division.

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