Teams get out on first day of Spring

UW-Stevens Point tallied five runs on Wednesday afternoon as the sixth-ranked Pointers handed the 24th-ranked Road Runners of Ramapo a 5-2 defeat at Lake Myrtle Field. JP Feyereisen secured the victory, his first of the season, throwing four solid innings in relief of starter Zach Wendorf.

Senior Eric Lewis registered his third win of the season.
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TCNJ won for the fifth time in six games, knocking off Gwynedd-Mercy 7-2 at George Ackerman Park. Eric Lewis was the story of the game, maintaining complete command to earn his third win of the season. The right-hander threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, and striking out four. Lewis  set the tone in the first inning, firing 11 pitches (all for strikes) to retire the side in order and continued to pepper the strike zone throughout the contest.

Junior Ryan Taylor fired a three-hit shutout as Gettysburg defeated Elizabethtown 3-0 in its home opener at Kirchhoff Field. Taylor, who struck out five and did not walk a batter, needed just 80 pitches to earn his third career shutout. He retired the first eight batters and was three singles shy of a perfect game.

Washington (Mo.) outscored Webster 5-0 in the final five innings to earn a 12-7 win over the Gorloks at Kelly Field.

Brandeis rallied from a 5-2 deficit to force extra innings, but visiting Wentworth took advantage of two Judge errors to plate six runs in the top of the 10th and emerge with an 11-6 non-conference victory on Stein Diamond. Trailing by three runs after five-and-a-half innings, the Judges scored in three of their last four at-bats in regulation to force the free baseball.

What could have been a storybook ending for the Messiah Falcons was nothing more than another addition to the loss column. Jacob Sprengle's two-out grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning brought the Falcons to within two runs of the Dickinson Red Devils, capping off a furious late-game rally in the 11-9 loss. Ultimately, Messiah couldn't overcome five errors that led to four unearned runs, proving to be the difference in the game once again.

Dan Allen and Tyler Courter each delivered solid pitching performances for Stevens in a 3-1, 2-0, sweep of Staten Island. The Ducks improve to 11-6 on the season and have won five straight games.

No. 17 Shenandoah split its non-league baseball 'Battle of the Hornets' with Lynchburg at Bridgeforth Field. Shenandoah  was a 3-0 winner in the opener before Lynchburg rebounded for a 6-1 victory in the nightcap

Weston Snyder completed his perfect day with a home run to left-center to finish the scoring for Thiel.
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The Thiel Tomcats used at least one hit from every starting player to have a huge day at the plate and defeat the Terriers of Hiram 20-6. Thiel, who had eight players register at least two hits, was led by Weston Snyder's 4-for-4 day at the plate. Weston also drove in four runs while scoring four times. Cody Trinch finished the day with three doubles and four RBIs.
Greg Porter won his first career game by allowing only one (earned) run on two hits and a walk and hit batsman, with four strikeouts over five innings and Mike Riemer and Danny O'Connell each drove in two runs as the Eastern Conn. State Warriors improved to 4-1 on their spring trip with a 7-1 victory over Carleton.

Trinty (Conn.) cruised to 9-0 and 14-0 shutout wins in a baseball doubleheader against the Hamilton Continentals in NESCAC at Lake Myrtle Park.  Trinity was ed by two freshmen starters (Anthony Redamonti and Sean Meekins) making their collegiate debuts, allowed just six hits and one walk while racking up 23 strikeouts in 14 innings of baseball en route to their 4th and 5th shutouts in their last six games, a Trinity record for shutouts to start a season.

Heidelberg and Ohio Wesleyan combined for 31 hits and 24 runs, but it was OWU that came out on top, 13-11, in the home opener for Heidelberg at Peaceful Valley in Tiffin, Ohio. The Student Princes rallied for three runs in the ninth, but came up short.

Nick Conti and Kyle McElroy combined for seven hits and six RBI's as Salem State knocked out 21 hits in a 14-11 win over the Endicott Gulls. The Vikings' Matt Kerr picked up his third win of the year after pitching five innings and allowing seven runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts.

Catholic snapped its three-game losing streak with an 8-6 win over Washington College.  The Cardinals scored five runs in the first inning, but the Shoremen battled back to eventually tie things at six in the bottom of the eighth. Catholic then pushed two runs across in the ninth to earn the win, snapping Washington College's 12-game winning streak.

Stephen Denton's second inning three-run triple tied the score 4-4.
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Birmingham-Southern won its 10th straight game tonight, defeating Hendrix 15-5 in eight innings at Striplin Field. The Panthers recorded 14 total hits, led by Stephen Denton and Austin Justice with three apiece. The Warriors tallied nine hits.

Trailing 6-1 entering the top of the ninth, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville baseball team scored eight times in the top of the ninth to rally for a 9-6 win over St. Ambrose University on Wednesday afternoon at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa. The Pioneers (3-7) were limited to seven hits and just one run through the first eight innings before starting the come-from-behind rally. In the ninth, UW-Platteville sent 11 batters to the plate and took advantage of three walks and a pair of back-to-back, two RBI hits by Steve Wolke and Levi Ney.

Tico Mendoza threw seven sharp innings and A.J. Rosenthal collected his sixth save in Frostburg State's 6-3 win at Guilford. John Barrett had three hits and two runs batted in for the Bobcats, who extended their winning streak to five.

Cal Lutheran Kingsmen put up a fight against the No. 3 Kean Cougars, but ultimately fell 4-3 after too many missed opportunities during a matinee on George "Sparky" Anderson Field at Ullman Stadium. Kean starting pitcher Michael Russo lasted just 3.2 innings and Daniel Hansen came on in relief, earning the win.

With a combined 13 hits and a 4-for-5 showing by freshman designated hitter Dominic Morbidelli, UMass Boston recorded their first regular season win on New England soil as they defeated Johnson and Wales by the final of 8-6 at Pierce Field.

Defiance evened its season record at 6-6 with a 7-2 victory over Lourdes in the 2012 home opener for the Yellow Jackets. Defiance never trailed in the contest and used a two-run home run from Jonathan Murphy in the eighth to seal the victory.

Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI for Williams.
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A seven-run first inning helped paved the way for the second win in a row by Williams as the Ephs went on to defeat William Patterson, 13-9. Junior Darren Hartwell continued his torrid start with a 3-for-5 day against WPU. Thomas Stephens also had a big day, going 2 for 3 with 3 RBI, a home run, double, two walks and two runs scored.

No. 18 Thomas More fell 5-4, in 11 innings to Hanover in a non-conference game at L.S. Ayers Complex in Hanover, Indiana. With the loss, the Saints fall to 8-3 and with the win, the Panthers improve to 10-5. Junior outfielder Cam Ginder (Huntertown, Ind.) lined a bases-loaded single to left field with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift Hanover College’s baseball team to a 5-4 victory against No. 19 Thomas More College (Ky.). The contest was held Wednesday, March 21, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.

MIT scored early and often as the Engineers put up season-high totals of 16 runs and 20 hits, including tying the school record for home runs in a game with five, in defeating Eastern Nazarene by a final of 16-0. Hayden Cornwell banged out a pair of round trippers in his first two trips to the plate on his way to a 3-for-6 day, driving in three, to lead the MIT offense.

Misericordia handed Scranton its first shutout of the season, 9-0, at Roosevelt Field. Winning pitcher Pete Doggett struck out six and scattered five hits over six innings, then gave way to relievers Brandon Barber, Ron Guido, and Matt Karabin, who held the Royals to just one hit the rest of the way.