Keystone gets above .500 with Friday wins

 
Coltrane Tait has recorded at least two hits in
six-straight games as NYU starts the season
with 10 straight wins following a 12-2 win over
Plattsburg State.
NYU athletics photo

Junior pitcher Dakota McFadden did it with his arm and his bat in leading Keystone to a 13-8 victory over SUNY Canton Friday afternoon. McFadden picked up his second win of the season by striking out five in 6.2 innings and drove in five runs with a pair of doubles as the Giants evened their record at 5-5.  Sophomore Adam Kelly hit a three-run home run and junior Mohammed Hussein belted a pair of doubles for Keystone, which tied its season-high with nine hits while establishing a new season-high in runs. Keystone defeated Adrain 12-9 in the late afternoon.

Maine-Farmington's Ryan Pratt tossed a complete game and the Beavers scored seven runs in the top of the first as they cruised past the MCLA Trailblazers 8-1 this morning at Lake Myrtle Stadium.  The loss for MCLA snapped their three game winning streak. In the nighcap. the tables were turned as the Trailblazers posted a 12-3 score to split the two games set.

Freshman Antonio Pragana connected on a two-RBI single in the eighth inning to boost 10th ranked SUNY Cortland to a 5-3 win over the College of Brockport in the SUNYAC opener for both teams in Lexington, S.C. The Red Dragons and Golden Eagles traded three-run outbursts with Cortland tallying three times in second and Brockport equalized with three runs in the sixth in the lead up to Pragana's eighth-inning heroics. Pragana finished 5-for-5 to lift Cortland to its third win in a row. A four-run fifth inning by the Golden Eagles in game two was enough to earn a 4-3 win and a SUNYAC doubleheader split.
 
What started out as a slugfest quickly turned into a pitcher's duel as Marietta upset No. 4 ranked North Central, 4-2. The Pioneers improve to 8-2 on the season, while the Cardinals fall to 2-2 overall. Marrietta's Ian Luttrell (1-0) allowed just one hit after the first inning to get the win. He worked 6.0 innings and gave up two runs on three hits. Luttrell walked three and struck out five. Kordell Antill pitched 1.0 inning of perfect relief and Barnabei recorded his second save with 2.0 innings of shutout relief.

Alfred State put together a solid team effort as they defeated Skidmore 11-3 as they continued play in Ft. Myers, FL at the Gene Cusic Classic. The Pioneers collected 13 hits in the contest and Garrett Mack tossed a complete game three hitter. Nick Geyer led the Pioneers 13-hit attack with a 3-for-5 day. Mack earned his first victory of the season with a complete game three-hitter. He allowed three earned runs while walking one and striking out six.

Ithaca picked up a signature win in California as the Bombers took down No. 25 Redlands, 7-6, at The Yard in Redlands. Ithaca improves its record to 6-5 on the season, while Redlands falls to 15-5. Junior Jake Binder attempted to record his second complete game of the season as he headed out for the ninth inning. Binder retired two batters, but surrendered a double and issued a walk and hit by pitch, which forced him out of the game. Will Little entered in relief for a save opportunity, but was faced with a tough situation with a bases loaded jam. The next batter ripped a double to the gap to clear the bases, which made the score, 7-6, but W. Little induced a pop up in the next at bat to close out the contest.

In their penultimate game of their SSCIAC schedule for spring break, the Endicott offense put on a show in an 18-4 triumph over Caltech. The Gulls' lineup put up 18 runs on 16 hits as five different players had multi-hit games. Leading the way at the plate for Endicott were junior outfielder Matt Bald as well as freshman infielders Matthew McKinley and Jacob Thibault who all knocked in three baserunners apiece in the win. Equally as impressive as Endicott offensive output was the pitching performances by starter Joseph Brown and relievers Zachary Sultar and Alexander Zaiser. Brown (1-0), making his second start of the week, went six innings to earn the win as he allowed four earned runs on six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts. Sultan pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh with two strikeouts before handing the ball over to Zaiser who threw two scoreless frames with only one free pass and four strikeouts.

Ozarks won a pitching battle in game one and
slugged their way to a win in game two as they
swept Howard Payne, 2-1 and 11-8, on Friday.

Ozarks athletics photo

Junior Eric Jaun came through with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning to help Babson rally for a 7-6 win over Illinois Wesleyan in non-conference baseball action on Friday afternoon at Lake Myrtle Park. Jaun, senior Ryan Arena, juniors Brian McHale and Edward Lehr and sophomore Sean Harrington all finished with two hits apiece for the Beavers. Harrington drove in three runs and fellow sophomore William Gallagher earned the win with a shutout inning of relief.

Playing an early doubleheader Springfield split with Farmingdale State behind some impressive pitching performances from Brian Johnson and Shawn Babineau. Farmingdale pitchers David Otero jr. and Ryan Mallon won the pitching battle between them and Johnson. Both sides had nearly identical lines but the Rams kept the Pride off the scoreboard, scoring twice to take the early game, 2-0. Babineau was more than impressive in his third start of the season as the Springfield sophomore lefty went for 7.0 innings, giving up just one hit while striking out a career-best 10 batters en route to an 8-0 win.

People on campus who glanced at the scoreboard on the South Field on might have thought Lehman got a football team, but it was the baseball team that opened the home portion of the schedule with a doubleheader sweep of Maine Presque Isle.  The CUNYAC doubleheader went to the Lightning by scores of 18-12 and 17-6. Carlo Francisco was the hitting star as he was 7-for-10 with nine RBIs to lead all hitters.

No. 11 Rowan picked up its seventh straight win with a 9-3 decision over No. 15 Southern Maine. Right fielder Kyle Golla went three-for-four with a double, a home run and four RBIs. First baseman Anthony Harrold posted four hits (four at bats), a double, a triple, one RBI and four runs. Shortstop Dillon Mendel, catcher Steven Hewa and third baseman Justin Provost each knocked in one run. Designated hitter Shawn Leydon added a double. Right-hander Zach Listro was credited with the win in relief. It was his first collegiate victory. Listro tossed two scoreless frames and allowed just one hit. Lefty Ryan Gaydou suffered the loss (0-1).

Olivet finished its Spring Break trip with a 16-3 win over Minnesota-Morris this afternoon at the RussMatt Invitational and at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in Auburndale, Florida. The Comets used two big innings to score all the runs tey needed. Olivet first sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs in the second inning. Two innings later, 13 Comets batted and plated eight runs on six hits. The Comets added single tallies in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to end the game early because of the 10-run mercy rule. Junior Dugan Dieselberg went 4-for-5, drove in two runs and scored two runs. Freshman Ben Compton was 3-for-3, while scoring four runs and collecting five RBI. Two of hits were doubles.

Wesley picked up a 4-1 win over the Immaculata Mighty Macs. Sam Meck pitched six shutout innings with three strikeouts and only allowing three hits and a walk for his second win of the season. Mike Sabino and Connor Springsteen pitched the eighth and the ninth innings without allowing a run. Springsteen struck out the side to earn his 100th career strikeout and second save of 2018. Will Barton and John Joines both collected multi-hit days for the Wolverines.

Benedictine rallied to edge UW-La Crosse 5-4 in
Florida and improve to 1-1 on the spring trip.

Benedictine athletics photo by Steve Woltmann

The top-ranked Beacons closed out their 2018 spring trip with a convincing win as they defeated 22nd ranked St. Scholastica by the final of 13-6 at the Winter Haven Complex. After squandering multiple opportunities with either bases loaded or runners on second and third, the Beacons finally blew the game wide open in the seventh.  Prior to that inning, UMB was barely hanging on to a one-run lead through five complete innings. This was the first ever meeting between the Beacons and Saints.

SUNY New Paltz started their spring break trip on a high note as they picked up two dominate wins over Hamilton. The Hawks won the first game 7-1 and kept the momentum rolling in game two, picking up an 8-2 victory. Anthony Amoroso got the start in the opening game, and after allowing a first inning run, the sophomore right-handed pitcher shut down the Continentals. Amoroso only allowed five hits in his five innings pitched while striking out four and only walking two. Adam Torres and Jeff Sara each threw an inning in relief and continued to keep Hamilton's offense as neither allowed a hit in the final two innings of game one. J.T. Carroll continued the dominance on the mound in game two throwing five innings in the start and allowing only three hits and one earned run. James Magnuson and John LoCurto came on in relief to close out the 8-2 win for SUNY New Paltz.

Nolan Schoonveld and Zach Smith held Dubuque's bats to just six hits as the Hamline Pipers opened its Tucson trip with a solid 5-2 victory. Schoonveld improved his record to 2-0 with five innings of one run, four hit ball. Smith followed with a rare four-inning save, giving up just one run on two hits. Meanwhile, the Pipers (3-4) warmed up to the Arizona sun with a dozen hits. Mitch Benson went 3-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Jeremy Szura was 2-for-5 with a run and a RBI and Elliott Engen knocked in two runs to pace the offense.

Webster used a six run second inning here Friday morning en route to posting a 12-5 victory over 24th-ranked Wheaton (Mass.) in its sixth game of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational at Lake Myrtle Park. With the victory, Webster extends its win streak to eight straight games. In Friday's win, the Gorloks collected a season high tying 12 runs on a season high tying 14 hits, including three hits from sophomore first baseman Kyler Kent. With its 14 hits against the Lyons, Webster has now recorded double figure hit totals in six of its last seven games, including in five of its six games at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. While its offense was strong, the Gorloks also got strong pitching in Friday's as freshman Sean Beaver made his first career start and pitched into the fifth inning and another freshman, Jake Anderson, pitched the final 4.1 innings and allowed just one hit and no runs to improve his record to 2-0 on the year. Anderson also walked two and fanned three in his 62-pitch outing out of the bullpen.