Pitt-Bradford athletics photo by Erika Helo|
Ryan Boyer tossed eight scoreless innings, Tim Brown drove in four runs, and the Pitt-Bradford baseball team blanked Penn State Atloona, 10-0, Monday to win its AMCC tournament opening-round series, 2-1. With the win, the Panthers advance to the AMCC championship bracket for the first time since 2012. Pitt-Bradford will meet top-seeded La Roche Thursday. It was the Panthers' second elimination-game win in the last six days; the Blue and Gold defeated Medaille, 5-0, Wednesday to earn the final spot in the conference tournament.
Top-seeded Salve Regina got a dominant pitching performance from junior lefty Jimmy Fitzgerald in the final game of its three-team pod in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships, and eliminated No. 5 seed Nichols with a 10-0 decision in the second of two games with the Bison at Reynolds Field. The Seahawks advance to the best-of-three championship series with No. 2 seed Endicott, and will host the Gulls in each game of the finals which start on Friday. Endicott had completed its pod with a victory over Gordon on Sunday. The Bison had forced an "if necessary" game with their 8-6 victory over the Seahawks earlier, being the first CCC school to defeat Salve Regina at Reynolds Field in 2017.
North Central's 5-2 win over Wheaton (Ill.) earned the Cardinals their third-straight CCIW regular season title and 13th in program history. This was the sixth title under head coach Ed Mathey, who was at the helm of the program from 1994-2002 and rejoined the Cardinals for the 2015 season. North Central won the outright title that season, shared it with Augustana in 2016 and claimed the outright title again this year with the win over Wheaton. With Monday's win, the Cardinals moved to 16-8 in conference play and will now host the 2017 CCIW Baseball Tournament May 11-13. This is the first time since 2015 that the Cardinals will host the conference tournament as they seek their first tournament title since 1998.
The Penn State Abington hosted rival Penn State Berks, and split with the visitor. Abington pulled off a 7-5 win in game one, but fell to Berks in game two 7-4. The Nittany Lions put up a 5-1 lead at the end of the third and survives a late rally for the opening day win. In game two, two home runs for Penn State Berks gave the visitors a 2-1, and was pushed to 6-1. Abington took advantage of multiple mistakes by Berks in the fifth inning to chip away at their lead but Berks had the answer and Abington never caught Berks.
La Roche rallied to overcome a shaky first inning and scored five runs in the eight to put the game away as they defeated Heidelberg 10-5. The Redhawk offense started early in the first when David Lemley launched his 8th home run of the season but Heidelberg responded with four runs of their own in the home half After the first inning Red Hawk starter, Ethan Lewis, settled down tossing three scoreless and finishing his day with 4 innings allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits while fanning three. Cole Cogley tossed a scoreless fifth getting out of a second and third jam. Garron Telesz earned his third win of the season by tossing 2 scoreless frames. Tre Thomas and Shane Emrich tossed a scoreless inning a piece as well.