Gators takes two, CAC tournament opens

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Wesley's Alex Marrs pitched a three-hit shutout to advance in the CAC tournament.
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Top seeded Salisbury kicked off the CAC tournament with a 21-6 win over sixth seeded Mary Washington. It was a different story with the other top seeds as No. 5 Marymount defeated CNU 7-6 and Wesley was shutout York 2-0. The tournament moves to the Salisbury campus on Thursday when the double elimination tournament continues.

A pair of low scoring contests went in favor for the SUNY New Paltz as the Hawks won both games in a SUNYAC doubleheader at SUNY Plattsburgh, winning game one, 3-1, and game two, 1-0. With the wins, the Hawks improve to 14-12 overall and 7-7 in SUNYAC. Plattsburgh, meanwhile, drops to 6-17, 0-11 SUNYAC. Both teams will square off tomorrow at noon to complete the three-game series.

Allegheny earned a pair of tight wins to sweep non-conference-foe Penn State-Behrend, as they defeated the host Lions 3-1 in the opener, before closing with a 4-2 comeback win in the nightcap. In game one, the Gators scored a pair of first inning runs, and solid work from the pitching staff allowed the lead to hold up. In the nightcap, the Gators fell behind early, but scored a pair of runs in the sixth and an insurance tally in the seventh to support a strong start by hurler Rob Julian.

A walk-off balk in the 10th inning provided the winning run as Concordia came away with a 9-8 win over defending national champion Trinity (Texas) in a non-conference matchup. The Tigers tied it up at 8-all in the ninth on a single up the middle. After a failed suicide bunt attempt in the bottom half of the inning, the Tornados made up for it in the 10th. Caleb Maddox led off the inning with a walk. He would move to third after a passed ball and a bloop single by Casen Novak with no one out. With Bret Leiferman at the plate, Novak broke for second and forced TU pitcher Chris Tate to make an illegal pickoff move and was called a balk, bringing home Maddox to give CTX the 9-8 win. The Tornados used a combined eight pitchers on the night with Sean Mathews pitching the final two innings to earn his second win on the season.

Benedictine used three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win a fifth consecutive contest, taking down visiting UW-Oshkosh Benedictine finished with nine hits with Jack Feeley collected three, reaching base four times.

Immaculata nearly pulled off a program first as they were just one out from the first no-hitter in team history, but a Crusader single up the middle ended the no-hit bid in the ninth and the Mighty Macs had to hold on for a big 3-2 road win against No. 12 Alvernia. The Mighty Macs have now won 15 of their past 16 games. Junior Eddie Decker (1.2 IP), senior Adam Wheatley (5.1 IP), sophomore Zach Smiley (1 IP), and senior Kyle Bacher (1 IP) nearly pulled off the feat, but a late rally by Alvernia ended the no-hit bit.  Bacher was able to close out the game in the ninth for his eighth save of the season, which set a new program record.

No. 3 ranked UW-Whitewater mashed eight home runs en route to a 21-4 victory in seven innings over MSOE in a non-conference affair at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium. The Warhawks, who flirted with the school record of 10 home runs (set in 1995), registered 16 hits in the contest. The team scored four runs in the first, six in the fourth, four in the fifth and seven in the sixth to post the most in one game since April 22, 2015, when it scored 20 against UW-Stevens Point. The game was called after seven innings by agreement of both teams due to run rule.

Freshman Kyle Gorman earned his third win of the season, allowing six earned runs and striking out four batters in five innings of work.
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Earlham won its 11th consecutive HCAC midweek game with an 8-7 triumph over Mount St. Joseph. Earlham had 14 hits as a team including three from NateLynch, who also stole three bases and drove in two runs. With those three stolen bases, Lynch passes James Pentaudi (1976) and Brennan Laird (2016) for the most swipes in a single season (31) in program history.

Thomas More swept Grove City in a Presidents' Athletic Conference doubleheader at R.J. Behringer Field in Grove City, Pennsylvania. The Saints won game one, 9-0, and the nightcap, 2-1. Ben Laumann was three-for-five with two runs scored and three runs batted-in on the day.

Webster got back in the win column in the SLIAC with a doubleheader win, 9-2 & 3-2, over Principia at Elsah, IL.  The Gorloks, coming off their first losses in the SLIAC, downed the much improved Panthers to go to 9-2 in the conference.  Webster had two solid starting efforts, including a record-breaking performance by Brandon Smith, and four home runs helped provide the offense for the Gorloks.

Freshman Callum Sawden scattered four hits and struck out seven over seven shutout innings of work on the mound to lead Clark to a 3-0 non-league victory over Massachusetts Maritime at Granger Diamond. Dylan Horn rapped out three hits on the day for the winners, as he and Teddy Downing combined for five of the Cougars' seven hits. Sawden improved to 2-0 on the season with the triumph for Clark, while senior Joe Gouveia came on to record the final out and earn his first save of the spring.

RIT won its ninth straight game, scoring five runs in the seventh inning and four more in the eighth to defeat Keuka by a score of 12-3 at Kuhl Field.  The Tigers are outscoring opponents 77-23 over their nine-game winning streak. They have now scored at least 10 runs in a game 10 times this season and have won nine straight games for the first time since 2008.  RIT out-hit Keuka, 12-5. Mike Myers led a potent offensive attack by going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Old Westbury led NJCU 7-4 before New Jersey City scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, 7-7. Then in the 10th, Jeff Reinecke led off with a double down the right field line and OW made the mistake of intentionally walking Joe Coutinho to pitch to the NJAC Player of the Week Dan Berardi. Berardi came through with an RBI single as NJCU walked off 8-7 winners over the Panthers in 10 innings.

A healthy dose of junior starting pitcher Stephen Pinarski coupled with another high-flying offensive attack led to a fourth successive HCAC win as the Spartans defeated Anderson 16-5. Pinarski, evening his record at 1-1, stifled the league rival Anderson Ravens to the tune of three runs on six hits with five strikeouts peppered in over six and two-thirds innings. While he was showing off his wares on the mound at Gratz Field, his teammates were giving the right-hander plenty of leeway.