USA South tournament opens with upsets

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T.J Viracola only allowed four hits while striking out 10 for his seventh complete game of the season.
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Senior Drew Evans scored the eventual game-winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning as the eighth-seeded Averett knocked off top seed Ferrum 2-1 to open the USA South Conference Tournament Thursday at Fleming Stadium.

In game two, fourth-seeded Maryville hung on to defeat fifth-seeded Methodist, 4-3. The second upset of the day occurred in game three as seventh-seeded Huntingdon topped second-seeded LaGrange, 4-2. Finally, third-seeded N.C. Wesleyan bested sixth-seeded Covenant, 3-1.

Steven Figueroa singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth and Turner Parry struck out six batters over three scoreless innings for his fourth save of the season as No. 3 Cortland nipped Ithaca, 4-3. Cortland completed a regular-season sweep of the Bombers, both in one-run games. Ithaca had a six-game winning streak halted with the loss

Texas-Dallas used "small ball" to perfection Thursday night, bringing home three runs on squeeze bunt plays in a 4-1 ASC victory over McMurry. With the score tied 1-1, the Comets scored twice without the ball leaving the infield in a two-run 6th inning. The Comets, who had three hits in the inning and layed down two sacrifice bunts, also squeezed in an insurance run in the top of the 9th to put away the WarHawks and pick up their sixth straight victory.

Led by Dave Murphy and one of the best showings from the UMass Boston pitching staff, the Beacons cruised to their third straight win as they defeated Babson by the final of 7-2 at Monan Park. Murphy went 5-for-5, with two RBI and two runs scored.  As a team the Beacons combined for 16 hits, which marks a season-high, and is the second the straight game with 10 or more hits.

Colin Williamson hit two home runs including his first-career grand slam as the Redhawks cruised to an 18-6 victory over Thiel. La Roche ends Thiel's six game win-streak and extends their own win-streak to nine games.

Susquehanna captured its sixth-straight win with a 18-9 victory over visiting Wesley. Bryan Palsi went 3-for-3 with eight RBIs and three runs scored with a triple and two home runs, including a grand slam. Zach Leone also had a home run and the Crusaders tallied six doubles from six different players.

Mount Union swept Ohio Northern in an OAC doubleheader winning 6-1 and 15-7 at 23rd Street Field in Alliance. In game one, three Mount Union pitchers, Noah Skladan, Mitch McCristall and Scott Chase, combined to hold Ohio Northern to a run on three hits. In game two, Mount Union belted out 17 hits to plate 15 runs in a 15-7 win.

Wilkes notched 15 hits in this afternoons 9-6 win over Scranton at Artillery Park. Alex Kramer led Wilkes at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles, one RBI, and one run scored.

Freshman first baseman Mike Najmowicz had three extra-base hits, a double and two triples, in a sweep of Washington & Jefferson.
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Case Western Reserve swept a doubleheader with Washington & Jefferson in Washington, Pennsylvania, as the Spartans topped the Presidents 5-3 in the first game, and followed with a 7-5 win in the second contest. Mike Najmowicz and Daniel Watson each had four hits during the two games, while Aaron Cain and Tony Damiano each drove in three runs.

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Keene State turned an 8-0 deficit into a 12-8 win over Springfield in non-conference action at Owl Athletic Complex. Every Keene State batter reached base as the Owls recovered from an early hole. Joe Libby had three hits and scored three times, and Devin Springfield, Trevor Chapin, Vinny Parilla, Dan Sarah, and Mac Struthers each had two hits.

The Castleton Spartans combined for 30 runs this afternoon, as they claimed the season sweep over Colby-Sawyer with back-to-back victories, 15-2, 15-3, in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader at Spartan Field. Castleton outhit the opposition 26-11 and took advantage of the Chargers four errors to push the club's winning streak to eight.

Kean used a five run third inning to power past New Jersey City by the final of 9-5 in NJAC action. Rookies Tyler Hopman and Kyle Gaeb combined for the win and save as Hopman tossed five plus innings allowing three earned runs and six hits. Gaeb earned his first collegiate save after throwing four shutout innings with two hits and three strikeouts.

Suffolk had 10-plus runs for the fourth time in as many games as the Rams captured its fourth straight victory, a 12-4 win over Massachusetts Maritime at Hendy Field. Suffolk, with their fourth consecutive win, snapped Massachusetts Maritime's six-game win streak and handed the Buccaneers their ninth loss on the year.

Wooster combined two big innings of offense with strong performances from four of its pitchers for a 7-2 victory over Baldwin Wallace at Art Murray Field. Wooster scored all seven of its runs in two innings, first plating three in the bottom of the second and four in the seventh.

Nichols defeated Lasell 6-3 in non-conference action at Stein Diamond. The Bison scratched across three runs over the final two frames to secure the victory. The Bison received solid pitching performances from Thomas Hyland, Danny Hayden, and Kevin Kirley to keep Lassell offense off-balance.