Gordon makes history with sweep

Gordon moves above .500 for the season with
their historic sweep of Endicott.
Gordon athletics photo

Gordon traveled to play No. 20 Endicott in Commonwealth Coast Conference action at North Field and held Endicott to a combined eight hits in its 3-1 and 6-0 wins for the first sweep in the series since 2007. This is the first time in school history that Gordon has swept a ranked opponent and Endicott is the highest ranked opponent that Gordon has ever defeated. They last defeated a ranked opponent when they defeated No. 24 Suffolk last season 8-5.

LaGrange moved to 3-0 in the USA South Tournament with a 12-3 win over N.C. Wesleyan at Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium. The victory puts the Panthers (25-15) into Saturday's championship game. The Panthers broke open a tight game with an eight-run eighth inning. Leading 4-3, LC sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning. Rhett Mixon had a two-run single and Jack Layrisson drove in two more with his team-leading seventh triple of the season. Piedmont ended Methodist's tournament hopes with a 3-2 win.

New York University split a doubleheader against host and UAA rival Case Western Reserve, in Cleveland, OH. NYU won game one 12-3, while CWRU took the second game 13-3. Game one highlighted a battle of each team's top starting pitcher as Cameron Seraphilio-Frank entered the game with a 1.17 ERA for NYU and Mark Gross came into Friday's matchup with a 1.13 ERA. Serapilio-Frank got the better of Gross as he went seven innings and allowed just two runs to improve to 7-0 on the mound this season. The Spartans used a five-run bottom of the second to take control of game two and never looked back en route to the 13-3 eight-inning victory.

Castleton defeated Thomas in game one, 5-2, of a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader at H. Allen Ryan Field.  Game two was halted in the fifth inning and will be resumed tomorrow. In the opener Castleton began to pull away in the third as Mitchell Caron knocked a two-run home run. Pat Mumford followed with an RBI single to extend the lead to 4-1. Joe Gratton took the win on the mound for Castleton in six innings, seven hits, and two runs (one earned).  Aaron Smith picked up the save with a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh. Game two of the doubleheader will resume in the top of the fifth inning tomorrow with the Spartans leading 7-2.  The final two games of the four-game series will take place after.

 

The University of Dallas erupted for a season-high in runs and tied a season-most in hits a third time en route to defeating Dallas Christian 18-4 in the non-conference series opener. The home Crusaders tallied runs through the first five innings, and were able to cruise despite having to play through some light showers in the middle of a very windy afternoon.

Ramapo 17-11, 3-5 NJAC) posted nine runs in the middle innings to break open a 2-1 game and earned a series split with New Jersey City University (14-9, 4-4 NJAC), 13-2, at the Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex. Each team won on the other's field after NJCU won the opener of the New Jersey Athletic Conference home-and-home series, 6-2, on April 12 in Mahwah. Ramapo outhit NJCU, 14-5, and led 11-1 after the middle-inning blitz. RCNJ received a solid pitching performance by senior left-handed pitcher Jerry D'Andrea who struck out nine and walked two in 7.0 innings before leaving after 129 pitches. He allowed two runs and five hits. Freshman right-handed pitcher Riley Weis struck out four of the six batters he faced in two perfect relief innings.

Berry set a single-game program record with five home runs, and Tyler Calvert set a single-game program record after adding two homers himself, as the Vikings secured at least the No. 2 seed in the SAA after defeating Sewanee 21-6. With the run-rule victory, the Vikings also secured hosting rights for the opening weekend of the SAA tournament on April 19-21. Oglethorpe fell behind Rhodes in the race to host one of the playoff pods with a 5-3 loss to Birmingham-Southern.

Elmira scored early and often and received six quality innings out of the bullpen en route to an 11-5 non-conference victory over the visiting Hawks of Hilbert at historic Dunn Field. The win is the second in the past four games for the Soaring Eagles, who hope to turn around a trying start to the 2018 campaign in the second half of the spring season. The Elmira batters scored at least one run in six of eight innings thanks to a season-high 16 hits, including a season-best five doubles. Eight of the nine starters in the lineup recorded a hit, paced by No. 2 hitter Conor Bawiec and clean-up man Tommy Fogarty, who both finished 3-for-4 with a double. Dennis Rudolph and Matt van Muelken both went 2-for-3, with the former driving in a game-high three RBIs and the latter plating a pair of runs.

Hood used a four-run sixth inning to break the game open en route to a 13-4 victory at Lebanon Valley in Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth action.  The win improved the Blazers to 24-5 on the year and 8-5 in the MAC Commonwealth. Nathan Kessler stole three bases to tie the school record for steals in a game. Overall, Hood swiped 10 bags in the game with Cam Esposito and Daniel Shepherd stealing two apiece.

Jack Herzing became the strikeout king for the
Lions on Friday.

Penn  State Behrend athletics photo

Senior pitcher Jack Herzing broke the Penn State Behrend school record for most career strikeouts after fanning 16 batters in game one to help Behrend pick up an AMCC sweep over Alfred State, setting the new mark of 257 K's. Heading into game one, Herzing needed 11 strikeouts to set the new school record in strikeouts, and he did just that by putting on a strikeout clinic.

Rowan shut out Rutgers-Camden, 3-0 in a NJAC game on Friday. Right-hander Danny Serreino tossed a complete game and allowed just three hits. He (3-2) struck out 12 batters. Righty Carter Fichter took the loss (4-2). He surrendered two runs and six innings with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Kenny Michael paced the offense with a 3-for-5 performance to back pitcher Ryan Britton's outing on the hill as the Corsairs defeated Johnson & Wales, 8-4, at the UMD baseball field. With a walk today, Mitch Baker extends his reached-base streak to 17 games, one shy of teammate Nate Tellier's longest span on the team of 18 games from earlier this year.

Junior Charlie Ruegger struck out nine over seven strong innings, senior Alex Detweiler reached base seven times over two games as Stevens snapped a two-game losing streak with a sweep of St. John Fisher in an Empire 8 Conference doubleheader at Dugan Yard. In the opener, sophomore Patrick Rood had three hits and senior Tommy Baronner score twice as the Ducks jumped out to a three-run lead en route to a 4-1 victory. In game two, six different players drove in a run as Stevens outscore the Cardinals 8-1 over the final five innings to earn a wild 15-8 victory. The wins improved Stevens' record to 18-13 on the year and 11-3 in the E8. The two-game sweep evened the all-time series at 17. Scott Eisenmenger had a pair of hits and Jake Hewitt had a three-run homer for St. John Fisher, who saw its six-game winning streak come to an end. The Cardinals fell to 16-9 on the year and 5-3 in the Empire 8.

Southern Maine got two strong starting pitching performances from junior Dalton Rice and sophomore Gage Feeney to sweep visiting Western Connecticut State, 9-2 and 7-0, in a Little East Conference doubleheader played at Ed Flaherty Field. The sweep extends the Huskies winning streak to nine games and improves their record to 16-6 overall and 5-1 in the conference.  The Colonials drop to 9-12 overall and remain winless in the conference after six games.

Chapman it its way to its fourth consecutive SCIAC win with an 8-0 victory over Claremont Mudd Scripps (15-17, 6-10 SCIAC) earlier this afternoon. Junior pitcher Matt Mogollon pitched his second complete-game shutout of the 2018 season while senior Gavin Blodgett hit a couple of two-RBI doubles to help lift the Panthers (24-8, 9-7 SCIAC) to victory. Mogollon faced 35 batters over the span of nine innings, striking out six and allowing just three hits. The right-hander also retired the side in two consecutive innings and did not allow a hit in seven of the nine innings to lead Chapman on the mound.

Kean won the see-saw battle in the bottom of the ninth to sweep the season series against Montclair State by the final of 9-8. Frank LoGiudice led the Cougars (14-15, 5-3 NJAC) with a 3-for-5 day with two runs scored and an RBI. Nick Martinez led the Red Hawks (16-10, 4-4 NJAC) with three hits and four RBI. Kyle Gaeb recorded the win for Kean while Austin Minton suffered the loss for MSU.

Oberlin had a late night in Springfield, wrapping up game two of their doubleheader close to midnight, but thankfully the long hours were worth it as the Yeomen won game two, 7-4, after dropping the lid-lifter, 9-4. With the split, the Yeomen head home with a record of 9-17 overall and 2-6 in the NCAC, while the Tigers sit at 8-18 and 3-5 in league play.

Junior Edward Lehr went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and classmate Connor Gill allowed just one run over seven innings as visiting Babson College defeated MIT, 6-4, in the opening game of a three-game NEWMAC series on at O'Brien Field. With its 12th win in 13 games, Babson improves to 19-8 overall and takes over first place in the NEWMAC at 9-2. MIT, which dropped its second consecutive game on the heels of an eight-game winning streak, slips to 13-7 overall and 8-2 in league play.

Eureka ran its win streak to five games for the first time in nearly eight years and secured its first SLIAC series victory since April 2015 with a West Division doubleheader sweep of Iowa Wesleyan, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Eureka rolled to a 12-4 win in the opener and also won game two 6-2 behind 17 strikeouts from left-hander Isaiah Taylor. The wins improved the Red Devils to 10-11-1 overall and 4-8 in the SLIAC under first-year head coach Jerry Rashid. Eureka has double-digit victories in a season for the first time since 2012 and won its 10th game on or before April 13 for the first time since 2010.