Ithaca extends win string with walkoff

Bowdoin's Jack Wilhoite earned the save with a clutch pitching performance in the ninth while tagging an RBI double at the plate.
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With the tying run on third base, Bowdoin reliever Jack Wilhoite got a strikeout to end the game and give the visiting Polar Bears a 3-2 win at Tufts in NESCAC East Division action on Sunday at Huskins Field. The Polar Bears took a 3-0 lead into the late innings before Tufts' Will Shackelford hit a two-out, two-run single in the seventh closing the gap to 3-2. In the bottom of the ninth, Casey Santos-Ocampo led off with a double to left and was sacrificed to third. Wilhoite entered and induced a pop up to shortstop and the strikeout to earn his first save.

Senior Ryan Henchey delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap off an eight-run comeback and give Ithaca a 12-11 victory at Freeman Field against Rochester. Ithaca has now won 10 straight games and is now 20-8 on the season, while Rochester falls to 7-16. In the bottom of the ninth, senior Trevor Thompson drew a one-out walk and then stole second. A fly out by sophomore Sam Little allowed Thompson to move up to third to set up the game-winning single to center by Henchey.

Drew was on the ropes in their Landmark game with Scranton but saw a tight game turn into a 7-2 win in the final game of their series at PNC Field. The Royals outhit Drew, 12-8, but left nine runners on base. The Rangers turned a 2-1 game after five innings into a runaway victory with two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and two more in the eighth.

Saint John's jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on for a 6-4 non-conference win over St. Scholastica at Becker Park in Collegeville. The Johnnies, who have now won 13 of their last 14 games, held St. Scholastica's offense off the scoreboard until the eighth inning. The loss snapped CSS' 15-game win streak. Sophomore Cameron Jurek earned the win, allowing the four runs on six hits in six innings of relief. He retired the first six batters he faced and cruised to the ninth inning, allowing only a lead off double to score on a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Oberlin moved into sole possession of second place in the NCAC East Division, finishing off a four-game series sweep of Kenyon by taking both ends of a NCAC doubleheader by the scores of 6-2 and 3-1. The Yeomen won have now won six straight to move above .500 at 16-15 and more importantly rest at 7-5 in the league with a crucial four-game set with Allegheny on the horizon at home next weekend. The Yeomen will carry a 6-2 home record into those games.

New Jersey City knocked off its second ranked NJAC opponent on the road this season and for the Gothic Knights, it vanquished a losing streak against the one opponent it has struggled with for 20 years. NJCU scored four runs in the second inning, added a pair of late insurance runs and received nearly five innings of incredible relief from sophomore right-handed pitcher Jose Ortiz as the Gothic Knights defeated No. 13 ranked The College of New Jersey, 6-4, in game two of an NJAC doubleheader at George Ackerman Park. TCNJ won game one, 7-0. NJCU snapped a 39-game losing streak against TCNJ and defeated the Lions for the first time since April 16, 1997 in Ewing, NJ—a 7-4 decision. It gives NJCU it’s second win over a ranked team this year after beating Kean, 10-8, in Union, N.J. on April 1.

No. 20 Washington University salvaged a rain shortened series with multiple victories over Brandeis, defeating the Judges 1-0 in the early morning before closing out an 8-0 victory in the early afternoon at Monan Park. The Bears relied on the pitching of senior Brad Margolin and sophomore John Howard as both starting pitchers went the distance for complete game (seven inning) shutout victories.

Manhattanville settled for a split with second place DeSales, falling in game one before taking the series finale in come-from-behind fashion at Butz Field. Senior Chris Conklin had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-6 with four RBIs, including a go-ahead two run single in game two. Fellow senior Robbie Lynch also had a big day, going 4-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and junior Danny Gallagher went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored Sunday.

Colin BeVard was 2-for-5 on the day, including a game winning home run.
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Freshman Colin BeVard hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift nationally fifth-ranked Cortland past 14th-ranked Oswego, 5-3, in a SUNYAC contest at Wallace Field. Cortland finished its SUNYAC regular-season schedule with a 14-4 league mark. Oswego leads the league with a 12-3 record. For Cortland to earn the top seed in the league and host the conference tournament, Oswego needs to lose two of its final three league games next weekend versus Oneonta, and Brockport has to lose one its final four conference games.

Union outscored Bard 24-3 over two games to secure its second Liberty League sweep of the season at Shuttleworth Park. The Dutchmen won game one 5-1 and rolled to a 19-2 win in game two. Union, which extends its winning streak to five, had every started except one get a hit in both games. In the opener, the Dutchmen played the stating lineup for all nine but after a ten run first, Union substituted liberally in the blowout win.

Thomas More scored six runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back as it defeated Thiel, 8-2, in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game at Tomcat Park in Greenville, Pennsylvania. The Saints scored the six runs in the first and then added a run in the fourth and one in the eighth before Thiel plated two runs in the ninth. Thomas More took two-of-three games from Thiel to win the series and have six PAC series this season.

No. 3 UW-Whitewater split a pair of games at UW-Stevens Point in a WIAC doubleheader to finish 2-2 in the four-game series. The Warhawks were defeated in the opener by a 6-3 score before posting a late comeback in a 10-7 triumph in the second game. In the nightcap, senior second baseman Steve Chamberlain clobbered a two-out, go-ahead grand slam in the top of the eighth inning, and senior right-hander Mike Nompleggi tossed 3.2 innings of shutout baseball with five strikeouts to pick up the win and move to 3-0 on the year.

SUNY Old Westbury concluded its regular season homestand after claiming an 11-2 and 3-0 Skyline Conference Senior Day wins to sweep the visiting St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) Bears from Jackie Robinson Athletic Complex. The Panthers gained two games on St. Joesph's (Brooklyn) as the Bears hold down the fourth place spot in the Skyline standings.

King's used a six-run second inning en route to a 12-7 victory over cross-town rival Wilkes to salvage a split in a Freedom Conference doubleheader at Artillary Park. Wilkes won the opener 15-3 but the Monarchs' game-two triumph enabled King's to win the three-game season 2-1.

Freshman Jackson Simone two-run single highlighted a seven run third inning rally that lifted Mass-Maritime to a 10-8 nightcap victory over Framingham State and a split of a MASCAC doubleheader at Commodore Hendy Field. In the opener, sophomore Kevin Connelly tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout and struck out eight in a 5-0 triumph for the Rams.

Sophomore Matthew Deviller's 11th win is the most in the SCAC in five seasons.
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Sophomore pitcher Matthew Devillier picked up 11th win and junior Chris Zapata hit his 10th home run as Centenary ended the regular season with a 7-6 win over Louisiana College. Devillier, who improved to 11-0 and has won all but his first start of the season, allowed nine hits and four runs with five strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work. Junior Cole Lavergne moved into second place in season saves with his seventh stopper. Zapata blasted his 10th home run of the season, a three-run shot, on the first pitch he saw in the fifth inning – becoming the first Gent to reach double-digit round trippers in a season since Blake Adkison’s 16 in the 2004 season. The home run also moved Zapata into second in the season record book for RBI’s with 63, one behind Todd Wilson’s 64 in the 1990 season.

No. 4 Birmingham-Southern held off a late rally by Sewanee to take the 7-6 win in the 10thinning. The game winner was scored on a walkoff hit by pitch with one out on the board.  BSC has now won 16 of its last 17 games heading into the SAA tournament. Preston White led the team, going 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI. His two hits were both deep bombs to left.  He now has six homers on the year.  Andy Hammond earned the win after one inning of work.  He sat down three straight Tigers in the 10th to set up the win.

Junior right-handed reliever Anthonty DeBlasio picked up both victories while senior righthander Taylor Parsons saves both wins as Montclair State swept Rutgers-Camden in an NJAC doubleheader at Campbell's Field. Sophomore Kevin Campbell delivered the go-ahead RBI in the 11th inning as the Red Hawks posted victories of 4-2 and 2-1 to remain in the hunt for the NJAC tournament entering the last week. Montclair State is currently tied for the final spot with William Paterson at 6-8 in league play. The Pioneers hold tiebreaker over MSU after capturing both meeting earlier this season. William Paterson split with Stockton on Sunday, losing the opener 4-5  in 12 innings and winning 3-2 in game two.

Nichols swept Curry in Commonwealth Coast Conference action at Jack Valley Diamond. The Bison took game one, 4-3, before turning around and winning game two, 7-0. Adam Rigney earned his team-leading fifth win of the season while junior Kevin Kirley picked up his fourth save of the year to help push the Bison into a three-way tie for second place in the CCC. Junior Vincent Amato pitched a complete-game shutout – only allowing six baserunners while striking out three. This was the first sweep of the season series since the Bison did it in 2004. Nichols now leads the all-time series at, 34-22.

Earning a split with division-leading Wheaton (Mass.), MIT clinched a berth in the NEWMAC Tournament in the final conference home games of the season. Wheaton took game one by a 5-4 final, while the Engineers rallied for the 6-5 win in the nightcap. Austin Filiere has now reached base in 56 straight games, which is the second-longest streak in NCAA Division III history.

Concordia (Wis.) received an outstanding performance from its bullpen as well as some well-timed defensive plays to secure a sweep over Benedictine. The Falcons won game one 8-2 and game two 7-5. CUW have won seven straight games, received 7.1 shutout innings from the pen and a highlight-reel game-saving catch from Nathan Thyssen in game two to stay in second place in the NACC standings. Thyssen made the game saving grab with the Falcons leading by one and a runner on first in the bottom of the eighth in game two.

Rowan picked up its first NJAC doubleheader sweep with a pair of victories, 9-2 and 3-2 in 10 innings, over visiting Kean. Matt Jolly hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning in game two. Second baseman Alex Kokos and designated hitter Shawn Leydon both walked to begin the frame. Leydon advanced to third on a fielder's choice before Jolly sent a 1-1 pitch up the middle for the win.