Spalding holds on against top ranked Beacons

Dillon Sievert led Spalding with a team-high
three runs batted in going 2-for-4 at the plate,
including the game deciding home run.
Spalding athletics photo

The Spalding Golden Eagles hung on to win a back and forth game against #1 ranked Mass-Boston, 11-9, Thursday afternoon at the RussMatt Invitational in Auburndale, Fla. After two runs scored in the bottom of the ninth to bring the Beacons within two runs, relief pitcher Lane Staples entered with bases loaded and two outs. The freshman right-hander struck out UMB's Sal Frosceno for the final out the game ending the Beacons rally attempt. Ryan McCormick was red hot at the plate going 4-for-5 with five RBI for Spalding.

Seniors Joe Cirillo and Matt Curry combined for a four-hit shutout as The College of New Jersey Lions blanked the #15 Southern Maine Huskies, 2-0, in a non-conference game at Lake Myrtle Park. The win was the fourth straight for the Lions and improved their overall record to 5-2.  The Huskies dropped back to .500 at 3-3 overall. Cirillo, who faced one batter in the ninth inning, allowed just four singles and did not walk a batter while striking out eight to earn his first win of the season.  Curry came on after USM junior Devin Warren led off the ninth with a single to get the final three outs, two by strikeout, to get his first save of the campaign.

Scranton scored four times in the top of the eighth inning to slip past Gettysburg, 5-4, in the final game of the team's spring break trip. The Royals trailed 4-1 after seven innings after Gettysburg scored twice in the first and third innings, sandwiching Scranton's single run in the second. The decisive eighth inning when Scranton used a pair of walks and a single to load the bases with one out. Sophomore second baseman Brandon Peters and senior pinch hitter Anthony Caladie both picked up RBIs on bases-loaded walks to cut the deficit to 4-3. Senior shortstop Justin Howell followed with an RBI sac fly to tie the game, but the Royals didn't stop there. Senior center fielder Tommy Trotter followed with a two-out, go-ahead RBI single to complete the rally.

For the second time this week, Marietta defeated Kean in extra innings. The Pioneers downed Kean, 6-5, in 10 innings. In the second game of the day, SUNY Canton beat the Pioneers, 7-4. Marietta moves to 7-2 on the season. Kean falls to 6-9 overall, while SUNY Canton improves to 2-6 this spring.

Senior Gavin Blodgett and junior Alex Tsuruda each drove in five runs as Chapman put up two dominant wins over visiting Dickinson, 6-2 and 12-1. The Panthers' pitching staff remained stingy on the mound, holding the opposing lineups to two runs or less for the fourth and fifth games in a row.

Beloit recorded 13 hits and Danny Belling tossed a shutout in a 7-0 win over Curry in the RussMatt Invitational. Five Beloit hitters notched multiple hits in the game including three off the bats of Jalen Davis and Jeremy Dutton. Belling went the distance on the mound scattering four hits over nine innings of work while striking out two in the complete game shutout.

Covenant's CJ Edmond moved into a tie for the
squads led in home runs with his big fly today.

Covenant athletics photo by Nina Grauley

Covenant busted out of a five-game slump with a pair of USA South victories over Averett. The Scots took game one 8-2 before taking game two 12-2 on a sunny and windy afternoon on Lookout Mountain. Covenant (9-12) had lost five straight games entering the day, but the Scots scored 20 runs on 20 hits to break out and take the two conference wins. CJ Edmond went a combined 6-for-8 with a home run and five RBIs on the day.

Junior Jeff Butler went 2 for 3 with a homer and four RBI to lead 12th-ranked Randolph-Macon to a 6-2 win at NC Wesleyan . The Yellow Jackets (10-2) have won four straight. The Battling Bishops dropped to 9-13. Junior Tommy Barron earned the win in relief of sophomore Matthew Nickles. Barron allowed one hit and two unearned runs with two skrikeouts. Nickles hurled four scoreless innings with one hit, three walks and four strikeouts. Senior Christian Cok tossed two scoreless frames with one walk and one punchout to record his second save.

Junior righthander Brendan McNerney struck out 11 and RPI pounded out 19 hits in defeating Iowa Wesleyan, 20-3, at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. With the win, the Engineers improve to 3-5 overall, while the Tigers drop to 6-7. McNerney (1-1) allowed just one run on four hits over 5.0 innings to pick up his first win of the year. Sophomore Griffin Kelley worked 1.1 scoreless innings in relief, while freshman Thomas Neuman made his collegiate debut on the hill, recording the final two outs of the eighth, including a strikeout.

Ithaca came away with a 5-4 win at Caltech in 11 innings at North Field in Pasadena, Calif. to even its record to 5-5 on the season. An 11-inning solo home run by junior Webb Little proved to be the game winning hit for the Bombers. Christian LaLomia earned the victory in four innings of relief as he allowed just one hit with four strikeouts. Robby Buffis started the contest and lasted seven innings, and gave up just one earned run with six strikeouts and no walks.

Sophomore Tyrone Patterson delivered a walk-off three-run shot to right as WPI defeated Brandeis 12-9 in the Engineers home opener at the New England Baseball Complex. Trailing 9-8 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, junior Steven Gallagher walked and came around to score thanks to a double by senior Matt Howard. Sophomore David Larson then drew a walk before Patterson ended the game. The Engineers needed at least two runs to win it as Brandeis freshman Mike Khoury capped a five run uprising in the top of the inning.

Webster used strong pitching from sophomore
Matt Mulhearn and held off a ninth inning rally
by 22nd-ranked St. Scholastica to post a 6-3
victory over the Saints and extend its win
streak to seven straight games.

Webster athletics photo by Jennifer Popken

Dillon Dunne ripped three RBIs, and Alvernia (8-3) offense combined for 15 hits on its way to a 10-5 win over Manhattanville (2-5) in non conference action at Angelica Park. Brian Kane started on the mound for the Golden Wolves. Kane went four innings, striking out two and allowing three runs. Zack Landy came in for three innings of relief and struck out three to earn the win.

No. 13 Shenandoah scored in every inning but one in a 17-3 non-league victory over Mount Aloysius. Shenandoah (8-3) put up crooked numbers in the first, second and third innings to make quick work of the Mounties (1-12). Junior Reeves Lowry (2-0) didn't need the offensive support as he tossed six innings of scoreless baseball before leaving with a 14-0 lead. Lowry struck out four, including the side in the first, and did not allow a hit for the initial 3 2/3 innings. Four relievers finished up for SU with senior Derrick Snider getting the final three outs to lock down the Hornets fifth straight non-conference victory.

Tyler Fitzgerald came out of the bullpen to throw 6.1 innings of four-hit relief and Keene State scored seven times in the sixth inning for a 9-6 win over Bowdoin. The Owls pulled in front with a monster sixth inning, sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring seven times

Ramapo got a solid pitching performance from junior starter Cory Heitler as the Roadrunners defeated Franklin & Marshall 5-3 at the RussMatt Invitational. The Roadrunners now stand at 6-4 overall while F&M now stands at 4-4-1 on the season. Heitler (2-0) worked the first eight innings, striking out 12 batters with only two walks while he scattered five hits in his second win of the season. Greg Westhelle worked the ninth inning, going up against three hitters and striking out two including the final out of the game to earn the save. Vincenzo Sita and Nick Cuba were the lone Roadrunners with a multi-hit games.

Springfield picked up its fifth win on Spring Break, as the Pride defeated Cazenovia, 11-0, at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. With the win, the Pride is now 5-1 in Florida and 6-2-1 overall, while the Wildcats fall to 2-5 on the year. Freshman pitcher Dakota Aldrich picked up his first-career collegiate win as he pitched 4.0 innings, giving up just one hit and striking out seven. The trio of Zach Kerr, Jordan Elkary and John Daley came on to pitch the final three, as Daley struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth in his first collegiate appearance. Offensively, Peter Marsicano, Matt Fraioli, Cam Rivest and Nick Leduc each had two hits, while Mark Joao, Rivest and Brandon Russo had two RBI apiece.

Nate Luscombe pitched Hood's first complete game shutout in the opener of a Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth doubleheader before Messiah ended the Blazers' season-opening win streak at 14 games in game two. Hood outlasted the Falcons 1-0 in the first game and Messiah took the finale 5-2. Luscombe pitched a five-hitter and struck out 10 for his third win of the season and his second complete game. The game two loss was Hood's first of the year. The Blazers are 14-1 overall and 1-1 in the MAC Commonwealth. Messiah sits at 4-5 overall and is also 1-1 in conference play.

New Jersey City had the tying run on third with one out in the top of the ninth inning before darkness forced the game to be called and the Gothic Knights dropped a disappointing 9-8 non-conference decision to Moravian at Gillespie Field. NJCU (5-2) lost for just the second time, playing its first Northern game since returning from its spring trip on March 8. The Knights found themselves trailing 7-1 after Moravian (5-6) scored seven times in the third inning, influenced by four NJCU errors. NJCU got itself back in the game with four runs in the top of the fifth to draw within 8-5 and tied the game in the seventh when sophomore right fielder Juan Pena drilled his second three-run home run of the season. But Greyhound junior third baseman Evan Kulig put Moravian back on top, 9-8, with a two-out RBI double down the left field line.