So close - Moravian wins one-hitter

Moravian's Brendan Close was one out away from the fourth no-hitter thrown this weekend.
Moravian photo by Jon King

Junior pitcher Brendan Close was one out away from a no-hitter as Moravian defeated Scranton, 6-0, in the first of three-game Landmark Conference series Saturday afternoon at Gillespie Field. Only an infield single by Chris Stallone with two outs in the top of the ninth spoiled Close's bid for the no-no. Close dominated the Royals, striking out 16 batters and walking only one to improve to 7-0 on the season.

St. John Fisher freshman Justin D'Amato pitched his first career no-hitter in a complete game shutout with one walk and five strikeouts. It was the first no-hitter for St. John Fisher since April 9, 2007, when Ryan Hanson threw a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Keuka.

D'Amato, who tossed a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts in his last game, improves to 6-1 on the year with the win.

No. 1 Shenandoah clinched at least a share of the USA South Conference baseball regular season title with a 10-2 victory over Averett. Greg Van Sickler pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run on nine hits and one walk while going 3 for 4 at the plate with two home runs. A Shenandoah win clinches the program's first-ever USA South regular season championship and a first-round bye at the upcoming USA South conference tournament next weekend.

No. 3 Marietta remained undefeated in the OAC after sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Ohio Northern at Don Schaly Stadium. The Pioneers won a 1-0 pitcher's duel in game one and then slugged their way to a 17-3 rout in game two.

Junior Lee Cavico went a combined 6-for-8 with his third home run of the season as Kean swept rival Montclair State, 9-3 & 2-0, on a sunny, spring afternoon in NJAC baseball action.

It was Senior Day at Louisiana College, but it was an all-classes effort as Louisiana College posted split with Texas-Tyler, the No. 4 team in the nation, in a doubleheader by the count of 4-0 and 4-6.

At Peaceful Valley sixth ranked Heidelberg registered 31 hits in an OAC doubleheader sweep of Wilmington. Heidelberg posted a 15-3 win in game one and recorded the sweep with an 11-3 victory in game two. In game two Brian Koehl threw a five-hitter, with six strike outs, through 6.2 innings to lead Heidelberg to the win. Koehl now stands at 5-0 on the year and has 26 wins for his career, which is one shy of tying the career record at Heidelberg. 

ECSU's Steve Cammuso had five hits and 10 RBI in a sweep of Southern Maine.
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Junior Steve Cammuso had five hits and 10 RBI to lead Eastern Connecticut State to a doubleheader sweep of Southern Maine, 15-5 and 15-8 at the ECSU Baseball Stadium. Cammuso had two hits and five RBI in the opening game, then came back to collect three hits and another five RBI in the nightcap.

Bethany Lutheran split today's doubleheader against eleventh ranked St. Scholastica falling 11-1, then coming back to win 3-2. In game one it as St. Scholastica's quick defense that made the difference. Game two saw Aaron Siefken pitch a gem in the second game going seven innings giving up seven hits while striking out five batters.

After fumbling away the first game 6-5 with five costly errors that led to four unearned University of Puget Sound runs, the George Fox University Bruins bounced back with 12 hits en route to a 10-2 second-game win and a Northwest Conference baseball doubleheader split Saturday afternoon here at UPS’s West Field.

Washington U. traveled to Pella, Iowa and split a doubleheader with Central. The Bears had their eight-game winning streak grind to a halt with a 7-2 loss in game one against the Dutch but bounced back to capture the second game 7-0.

Brian Jordan went 4-for-5 with three RBI in Randolph-Macon's 14-4 win over Guilford. The triumph gained a split of the ODAC twinbill after the Quakers took game one, 4-2.
Tufts Jumbos swept the Trinity (Conn.) Bantams, 5-3, 4-1, in a NESCAC East Division doubleheader this afternoon. Tufts senior closer Edward Bernstein saved both games, fanning four in two innings.

Pacific took sole possession of third place in the NWC standings with a doubleheader sweep of Whitman at Borleske Stadium. The Boxers received another strong pitching performance from Rob Dittrick in the opener and the offense replied with some early run support to score a 4-3 victory.  In the nightcap, Pacific rallied from four runs down to score four in an injury-riddled eighth inning before Logan Moen singled in the winning run for a 5-4 come-from-behind victory.

Clay Crosswhite scored the game-winning run in game one of Mississippi College's s doubleheader sweep.
.Mississippi College photo by David Nichols

Mississippi College swept their second consecutive ASC series with a 6-5 extra inning win in the first game and a 9-3 victory in the second game.

Senior leftfielder Joey Kavanagh cracked two hits and scored a run while seven other Seahawks notched hits as the St. Mary's (Md.) captured the nightcap 5-3 to split Saturday's CAC doubleheader with Stevenson. The Mustangs won game one 8-1.

Daniel Webster saw its five-game win streak halted as Mitchell used timely hitting and solid pitching to post a 9-4 and 3-1 doubleheader sweep in a matchup of NECC contenders at Harvey Woods Field.

Fontbonne took advantage of four Eureka errors to score nine unearned runs in the fourth inning of a SLIAC game against the Red Devils, coasting to a 10-0 triumph over Eureka in eight innings.

Taking an early lead in both games against the Caltech Beavers, the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen completed their weekend sweep, winning both games played at Caltech's North Field by scores of 16-3 and 12-0.

Franklin & Marshall picked up a doubleheader sweep over Muhlenberg in Centennial Conference action.  The Diplomats took the first game 10-7 and won 9-6 in the nightcap.

Allegheny's Mike Pereslucha went the distance for the first time this season to defeat Wabash 2-1.
Allegheny photo by Ed Maillard

Great pitching and timely hitting was the formula for success as the Allegheny broke their four-game skid with a doubleheader sweep of Wabash, 2-1, 4-0.

Roman Mondalto and Bret Siflinger pitched complete-game shutouts and Alex Cloutier had both game-winning hits to lead Westfield State to a 6-0, 2-0 doubleheader sweep of Bridgewater State (Mass.).

WPI's Nolan Murphy tossed 6 1/3 strong innings in the opener and Coast Guard's Nolan Gallagher tallied three RBI in the nightcap as the two spilt an important NEWMAC doubleheader. The host Engineers took game one 4-2 before the Bears rallied from an early 4-0 deficit in the second game to win 9-6.

Rhode Island pounded out a season-high 20 hits, led by four from junior outfielder Brent Hopkins, and received lockdown relief pitching to salvage a split, of a Little East doubleheader against UMass Boston at Anchorman Field. The visitors took game one, 7-4, while the Anchormen bounced back with a 12-8 decision in game two. The Beacons cruised to the victory in the first game behind a stellar pitching performance from junior lefthander James Dalton and a four hit game from senior second baseman Ryan Walsh.

Wheaton (Mass.) freshman hurler Nick Filloramo tossed a gem during Saturday's 6-0 victory over Brandeis at Sidell Stadium. The righthander fired a complete-game shutout with two strikeouts and no walks while facing just four batters over the minimum.

Ben Danker scored from second on an outfield error with two outs in the last of the eighth inning to give Wentworth a 4-3 win in the opener, while freshman Jon Spitz delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth of the nightcap, giving Wentworth a 3-2 win and a sweep of Roger Williams in a TCCC doubleheader played at Tufts.