Cortland opens defense with win

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Fabio Ricci started the 2016 season with four hits in a 6-3 Cortland win over Salisbury.
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Nationally top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Cortland scored four runs in the top of the eighth to break a 3-3 tie as the Red Dragons opened their 2016 season with an 8-4 win at No. 4 Salisbury. Fabio Ricci finished 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored to lead Cortland's nine-hit attack. Justin Teague was 2-for-4 with two RBI, Steven Figueroa went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and RBI, and Nick Hart finished 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBI.

Emory completed the weekend sweep of the Ferrum Panthers taking both games of the twinbill 5-0 and 2-1. Junior Hans Hansen went seven scoreless innings in game one, striking out seven and walking none as he led Emory to the shutout win. In the nightcap, Emory's Billy Dimlow and Ferrum's Cliff Alexander squared off in a low scoring affair with the difference being a Wilson Morgan triple. Morgan drove in one run and scored the other to provide the winning margin. Kyle Monk pitched the final 2.2 innings to pick up his second save of the season and 20th in his career.

No. 5 Kean's offense came alive in a 12-2 non-conference win over Gwynedd Mercy. Senior Ryan Reitmeyer led the charge with three RBI and a double as the Cougars evened their early record to 1-1.

No. 6 Webster utilized a power surge to open the 2016 season with a 13-8 win over Covenant in Memphis, TN. Three Gorloks went deep, including two newcomers to the team, and veteran Jack Bensinger picked up the win on the mound for Webster.  Freshman Matt Murawski and a three-run shot by senior Blake Thomas fueled an eigth-inning outburst.  Tranfer-player Brandon Smith, also went deep in the first, homering in his first at-bat to give Webster three for the game. In their second game of the day, the Gorloks gave up six runs in the top of the ninth to fall the the Huntingdon Hawks 9-6.

Stephen Himic picked up the win after throwing eight scoreless innings and giving up only two hits while striking out 11 batters against Transylvania.
Birmingham-Southern photo by Alexandra Smith, Piedmont

No. 8 Birmingham-Southern picked up two more wins today at home, defeating Greenville, 15-5, and Transylvania, 8-0, at Striplin Field. Birmingham-Southern got off to a quick start in game one, building a 14-1 lead through four innings. In game two, they rode the arm of Stephen Himic for the shutout win.

The seventh-ranked Trinity (Texas) Tigers swept a doubleheader from Texas-Dallas, winning 8-7 and 11-4 to complete a three-game weekend series. The day opened with a seven-inning game, and featured a walk-off win by the hometown Tigers. Nick Jewett completed the two-out Trinity rally with an infield single to third base, scoring Drew Butler with the winning run. Game two started off with the Tigers grabbing a two-run lead after two innings. Texas-Dallas got one back in the fourth, then scored two more in the fifth to pull ahead 3-2.  Trinity answered in a big way, scoring nine runs over the next two innings to take command of the game. 

Marcus Moreland drove in the go-ahead two RBI single in the bottom of seventh while senior Blake Glauben went to 3-0 on the season after another great outing as the No. 11 Rhodes  defeated Huntingdon in come-from-behind fashion, 4-3. Five different Lynx had a hit on the afternoon with Moreland's coming at the opportune time. Jackson Lourie had the lone extra base hit, lacing a double down the left field line in the second innning.

An early-season matchup of two nationally-ranked Northwest Conference favorites saw both teams come away with a win as the 17th-ranked Pacific Lutheran Lutes split a baseball doubleheader against the 14th-ranked Linfield Wildcats in the Lutes' 2016 home opener. Linfield won the opener 7-2 before PLU bounced back to pound out 17 hits in an 8-3 win in game two to clinch the doubleheader split with an 8-3 win. The two teams will match up Sunday in a game that could loom large at the end of the conference schedule.

The 23rd-ranked Methodist Monarchs's strong offensive outing in its home-opening doubleheader against Emory & Henry led to the Monarch's 2-0 start to their 2016 season. The Green and Gold went for 24 hits at Armstrong-Shelley Field while the Methodist pitching staff held the winless Wasps to just 12 hits and five runs.