April 20, 2012

CAC tourney resumes, CNU falls

Freshman Jamey Minnemeyer set a single-game school record with 15 strikeouts to lead Gwynedd-Mercy to a 23-0 CSAC win over Philadelphia Biblical Friday afternoon. The rookie bettered the old mark of 13 set by Steve Troy on April 16, 2001 against Marywood. Minnemeyer went seven innings, yielding just one hit and did not allow a walk. As a team, the Griffins totaled 18 K's, one shy of the school mark. Relievers Sean Weber and J.P. Harris along with Minnemeyer limited Philadelphia Biblical to just two hits.

Josh Miller was 3-for-3 in Virginia Wesleyan's 7-4 win over CNU.
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A young Virginia Wesleyan team that endured its share of heartaches during the season, notched its most gratifying victory of the campaign. The Marlins pinned a 7-4 loss on the nation's No. 2-ranked Christopher Newport Captains on Marlins Field.  The VWC victory gave the Hampton Roads rivals a split in the season series. Virginia Wesleyan had one hero after another in the victory, beginning with Matt Ittner, who produced the perfect day at the plate. He hit 4-for-4, scoring three runs, and made two sterling throws on the run from third to first base for crucial outs in the CNU's eighth inning. Anthony Siracusa added to the effort with two big-time hits, one down each baseline, driving in three runs. And then there were the VWC pitchers, Justin Payne and senior Mike Carissimo.  Both turned in outstanding efforts, with Payne pitching to 33 batters, giving up two walks and scattering eight hits, and allowing four earned runs.  Carissimo finished, facing 10 batters, striking out one.  He allowed just two hits.

Brad Orosey tossed a three-hit shutout and tied the Texas Lutheran school record for career wins in a 1-0 conference victory over No 9 Concordia Texas. At Tornado Field, Orosey won for the 32nd time in his Bulldog career and tied Ron Churchman (1988-91) for career wins in TLU baseball history. TLU moved within a game of Concordia for the ASC West Division lead.

Junior Adam Weiner provided ninth inning fireworks with his first career home run to lift Johns Hopkins to a 3-2 walk off win over Washington College at the JHU Baseball Diamond. With the game tied at two a piece, Weiner came up to the plate with one out and the bases clear. After watching the first strike, the second baseman took two balls before getting a fast ball up in the zone and unloaded on the pitch to drive it over the left field fence for his first home run of his baseball career.

Edward Donovan won his third game in 12 days, allowing three hits and one run with three walks and six strikeouts over eight innings, to lead the Trinity (Conn.) Bantams to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Bates Bobcats in NESCAC)East Division action.  Trinity clinches first place in the NESCAC East and home field for the NESCAC Championship Tournament on May 11-13.

Shane Boyd led Frostburg State with three hits and an RBI.
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With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and Frostburg clinging to a 9-7 lead, Tristen Beyer struck out Jones to win the game for the Bobcats and keep them alive in the CAC Tournament. Starter Zach O'Dell earned the win after going six innings and giving up six runs and Beyer picked up the save. Geoff Kimmel had five hits, including a school record 39th career double, and drove in five runs as Wesley won its CAC second round playoff game against York (Pa.), 15-5. Frostburg State will take on the No. 5 seeded Stevenson Mustangs, a 12-11 winner over St. Mary's (Md.),  and the winner of the Salisbury/York game will meet Wesley tomorrow as the CAC Tournament continues.

Keystone did all their scoring in the first five innings, as the Giants raised their win streak to 15 straight with a 7-4 CSAC victory over Centenary. The Cyclones knocked out 17 hits on the afternoon, while the Giants managed just eight, but three miscues by Centenary led to three unearned runs.

Steven Melchiorre tossed a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts to propel the #22 Rowan past #8 Kean, 2-0, in NJAC action. Melchiorre allowed just four hits and no walks.  Junior Kevin Herget was the hard luck loser as he fanned 10 with two walks and nine hits in the complete game effort as Kean falls to 23-9 this season.

Chris Caldwell hit a grand slam in the first inning, and seven different Tigers drove in runs as Occidental clinched a winning season for the first time in 22 years with a 14-1 victory at Caltech in seven innings. Occidental, now 20-16 overall and 15-10 in SCIAC with three games to go, will be the school's first team since the 1990 Tigers went 20-14 and 12-6 in SCIAC to finish the season above .500.

Senior Aaron Schuldt allowed one run over eight innings for his sixth win of the season as Cortland defeated host Oneonta, 4-1, in the first of a three-game SUNYAC series. The Red Dragons can clinch the top seed for the SUNYAC postseason tournament with a win at Oneonta Saturday.

Misericordia clinched a Freedom Conference post-season berth after defeating King's, 13-6, at King's. Slanovec went 3-4 with four RBI and two runs while Joe Tagliarini went 2-3 with two RBI and a run and Pat Clark pitched 2.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

Kevin Heller became Amherst's all-time leader in hits by going 2-for-2 on Friday.
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Kevin Heller became Amherst's all-time hits leader during a doubleheader split with Middlebury, as the Lord Jeffs won a seven-inning game, 3-1, before dropping the nine-inning finale in walk-off fashion, 6-5. Heller gave the Jeffs a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning of the nightcap, but did not stand up as the winning hit, though, as the Panthers got a run back in the bottom of the eighth before Alex Kelley capped a 7-for-9 day by delivering a walk-off single to left in the ninth. Amherst had its win streak snapped at nine games but still managed to clinch a spot in the 2012 NESCAC Championship after Wesleyan’s 7-2 win over Hamilton.

Tyler Graber was a combined eight-for-eight at the plate to lead Thomas More to a PAC doubleheader sweep of Geneva at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.  The Saint won game one, 21-5, and the nightcap, 9-1.

Gettysburg scored the first 12 runs of the game and the Bullets completed a sweep of McDaniel with a 15-9 Centennial Conference victory on Senior Day at Kirchhoff Field. The Bullets, who also defeated the Green Terror 7-5 at McDaniel on Tuesday, won their fifth straight game and moved into a three-way tie with Dickinson and Washington College for third place in the Centennial Conference. Cory Karagjozi led Gettysburg's 18-hit attack, going 4-for-6 with two doubles and three RBIs.

Augustana right-hander Mike Trotta fired a four-hit, complete game shutout with a 1-0 win over Wheaton at Swanson Stadium/Brunner Field. Joe Cecchi's fourth-inning double plated Kurt Schmidt with the game's only run.

Hal Landers and Dan Gusovsky each drove in two runs and Nolan Corr tossed a complete game for No. 7 Wheaton (Mass.) in a 10-3 win over Clark in NEWMAC action at Sidell Stadium. The win extends the Lyons winning streak to eight games and clinches the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the conference tournament. Wheaton's 14 conference wins breaks the program's previous high of 13, which was set last season. WPI also earned a spot in the NEWMAC tournament with a 7-2 win MIT.

Tyler Blackwell led Huntingdon at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a solo home run, two RBIs and two runs.
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Huntingdon pounded out 19 hits and scored 13 runs to knock off Maryville 13-7. With the win, the Hawks clinched the regular-season GSAC title. The Hawks have a three-game lead in the GSAC standings with two conference games remaining. Huntingdon and Maryville are scheduled to play the second game of a three-game series on Saturday.

If Thursday's meeting between New Jersey City and TCNJ in Jersey City was a test of offensive will, Friday's rematch was quite the opposite. Arms ruled the day as NJCU was limited to five hits and despite outstanding performances from four Gothic Knight pitchers, TCNJ edged New Jersey City, 3-1, at George Ackermann Park.

Manhattanville used a 10 run second inning to blow past the Eastern Eagles by the score of 13-5. The Valiants got strong starting pitching out of sophomore Alex Basso who allowed four runs in 6.2 innings work while striking out a season-high eight. David Jones pitched the remainder of the game allowing a run on two hits.

St. Scholastica scored at least three runs in four of the first five innings in defeating Presentation 17-5 in seven innings at Fossum Field. Jake Casareto had a RBI double in the fourth and then hit a three-run home run in the fifth as part of a five-run inning. Casareto was only a triple short from hitting for the cycle.

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