Brockport leads parade of upsets on Saturday

Avery Brooks' double in the seventh broke a 3-3 tie and proved to be the game winning hit in a 5-4 upset of No. 2 Cortland.
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Avery Brooks' two-run double capped a four-run seventh inning as Brockport defeated Cortland, 5-4, in the first game of a three-game SUNYAC weekend series. The Golden Eagles and the No. 2 Red Dragons will play a doubleheader Sunday at Wallace Field. Austin Spindler earned the win for Brockport after allowing three runs on 10 hits in six innings. He walked one and fanned one. Nick Jerolimov, the Golden Eagles' second reliever, picked up his fourth save of the season with two and two thirds innings of one-hit shutout ball. He registered two walks and one strikeout.

Oberlin and No. 6 Wooster split a doubleheader split with Oberlin taking game two in 10 innings 7-3 after letting game one slip away 16-6. 
In the lid-lifter the Yeomen led for the majority of the contest, taking a 6-3 lead in into the bottom of the sixth. Wooster would tie the game at 6-6 before erupting for 10 runs in the seventh to trigger the mercy rule. However, Oberlin showed its resiliency to bounce back in game two to defeat one of the nation's top teams.

Senior right fielder Joe Coutinho had a go-ahead one-out triple in the top of the ninth inning to break an 8-8 deadlock and senior center fielder Nick Ruscingno had a three-run triple as part of a five-run seventh as NJCU opened its 2017 NJAC slate with a 10-8 road upset of No. 25 Kean. Kean won game two, 7-2, at Jim Hynes Stadium.

Centenary (La.) held on to take game one, 7-5, as sophomore Matthew Devillier picked up his SCAC-leading eighth win, but the Maroon and White fell in game two as Centenary lost 15-5 in seven innings in the weekend finale at Trinity (Texas). The Tigers cooled off a hot hitting team to take two of three weekend games. 

Washington University relied on strong pitching during their UAA doubleheader sweep of No. 10 Emory, picking up a 6-2 victory in game one before a 5-2 win in the second at Kelly Field. Senior Jake Mintz earned his third victory of the season by pitching three hitless shutout innings of relief in the first game as the Bears broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth. Senior Scott Nelson picked up his second win of the year by holding Emory to one unearned run in six innings. Washington allowed just four runs on 11 hits during 18 innings.

Hampden-Sydney split a pair of close games with No. 21 Roanoke. The Tigers won the first game 3-2 before falling 4-3 in the second game of the day. The Tigers took leads early in both games, but each time Roanoke was able to tie the game. In the first, Hampden-Sydney regained the lead in the fifth and held on, but it was the Maroons in the second game who scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

Connor Bailey had three extra-base hits as Willamette swept No. 17 Pacific Lutheran.
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Willamette blasted four home runs in the first game, and Perry Van Eckhardt hit a walk-off double in the second game, as the Bearcats won both games of a NWC doubleheader against 17th-ranked Pacific Lutheran, 9-5 and 5-4, at John Lewis Field.

Third baseman Frank Fortunato drove in six runs between the two games as Washington & Jefferson clinched the season series with a doubleheader sweep of Waynesburg by posting a 5-2 victory in game one before a 16-2 win in the nightcap. The Presidents 6-0 start in the Presidents' Athletic Conference represents the best start in league play for W&J since beginning the 2010 campaign 9-0 against PAC foes.

Senior outfielder Oscar Kutch went 3-for-5 with a run, a home run, and two RBI to lead the No. 9 Tufts Jumbos to a 10-5 victory over the Trinity Bantams in the NESCAC East Division baseball opener for both teams on a cold and rainy afternoon at Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium. Trinity senior 3B Nick DiBenedetto was 3-for-4 and belted the first-ever Bantam home run in the team's new park, a solo shot in the eighth inning.

No. 1 Shenandoah ran its winning streak to nine by sweeping an ODAC doubleheader from Guilford. Shenandoah was a 1-0 winner in 10 innings in the opener before taking the nightcap 2-1 over the Quakers. In the opener, Guilford's pitcher Eric Yost was outstanding, holding Shenandoah to just four hits while striking out two and walking three. In the 10th, Yost gave up two of those hits to lose in walkoff fashion. Shenandoah's Colin Morse was nearly as good, pitching the first eight innings, allowing an unearned run on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven before leaving in favor of Tyler Hott. Hott pitched the ninth and worked around his own error to start the frame and close out the win.

Blake Butcher and Blane Swift powered No. 3 LaGrange to a sweep of a USA South doubleheader of Methodist at Armstrong-Shelley Field. The Panthers took game one 6-3, then completed the sweep with an 8-5 win in the second game. With the two wins, the Panthers clinched winning their seventh straight series of the season and 13th straight dating back to the 2016 season. La Grange and the Monarchs close out their series Sunday.

No. 5 Birmingham-Southern shutout Rhodes 1-0 and 10-0 in their SAA doubleheader on Striplin Field. Tyler Wise led with a team-high three hits on the day with one run and three RBI. Rich Misischia scored the game one winner in the bottom of the ninth.  He also earned the win after holding Rhodes hitless in the top of the ninth. Stephen Himic earned the complete game shutout win in game two.

Graham Welch ripped a two-run triple down the right-field line and Dalton Smith came through with the walk-off hit as No. 7 Texas-Tyler rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to take a 6-5 win and series sweep of Hardin-Simmons at Irwin Field. The Patriots won earlier 2-0 on first inning RBIs from Daniel Williams and Ben Romines.

Alex Ross and Conor Reynolds keyed Johns Hopkins to a sweep over CC rival Swarthmore. The Blue Jays won the opener 5-0 and prevailed in the nightcap 5-4. Alex Ross pitched a complete game shutout, surrendering just three hits in the game. The junior struck out a career-high 14 and walked just one for the Garnet. In game two, Reynolds hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth for the 5-4 win. With two outs, Brian Lin stole second to be in scoring position with Reynolds at the plate. The Garnet made a change in the outfield and Reynolds hit his single past the new right fielder Jared Gillen for the win.

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