...and then there were six

Himstead did not allow a hit over 2.2 innings, struck out one, and walked none.
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Colin Waters pitched 6.1 strong innings to earn the win and Conor Himstead earned his eighth save of the season with a fine relief outing in Middlebury's 5-1 win over Tufts in the winners game of the NESCAC Baseball Championships on Saturday at Colby College. Tufts stayed alive in the by holding on for a 2-1 win over Amherst in the fifth game of the double-elimination tournament. The Jumbos will play Middlebury in the sixth game of the tourney on Sunday. The Panthers can win the NESCAC title with a victory. Tufts must win the game to force a final seventh game with Middlebury. Amherst was eliminated from the tourney with its second loss.

  • Playoff Central: All scores from the final D-III weekend of the regular season and tournament results for the last month.

Penn College earned its second trip, in three years, to the NEAC Championship with a 10-9 win over Penn State Abington at Bucknell University. The Wildcats, the No. 2 seed, will take on No. 3 Penn State Berks Sunday. Berks is unbeaten in the tournament and needs to win one came to win the title. Penn College must beat Berks twice. Because Penn College is in its final provisional year for NCAA Division III membership, Berks has already earned the conference's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament regardless of tomorrow's outcome.

Two teams well familiar with each other will face off in the AMCC championship game on Sunday. Top seed La Roche and #2 Penn State Behrend have risen to the top of the conference tournament. After splitting a doubleheader in the regular season, the two teams met again on Saturday with La Roche prevailing 14-5.  Behrend then defeated Pitt-Bradford 5-4 in the double elimination bracket to set up Sunday's confrontation. The day started with an elimination game between a pair of first round underdogs.  #5 Pitt-Bradford, who upset #4 Pitt-Greensburg in the first round, defeated #6 Mount Aloysius 9-7, to set up a late day match up with Behrend.

three player hit two doubles each and two others had home runs including Cole Luzins who belted a grad slam leading Susquehanna to a 13-3 victory over Catholic in an elimination game of the Landmark Conference Tournament. Susquehanna advances to play Elizabethtown at Sunday in the championship round of the tournament at Catholic. The River Hawks must beat the undefeated Blue Jays twice Sunday to defend the Landmark Conference title and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Because of rain expected all day on Saturday and already poor field conditions the MAC Freedom Tournament has been changed to a single elimination tournament as announced by the conference office on Saturday morning. The two winners of Friday's first round games will now meet in a single elimination winner take all championship game on Sunday at Noon.  The top seeded Bulldogs will be the home team after an 8-4 win over Manhattanville and will battle the #2 seed Misericordia.  The winner will be crowned the 2017 MAC Freedom champion and will earn the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.