Tufts opens Sunday with wins

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David Drea allowd four hits in his complete
game win over Penn State Berks.
 
Ursinus athletics photo by David Morgan

After falling victim to a dominant pitching performance in the opener of Sunday's doubleheader at Penn State Berks, the Ursinus College baseball team responded with one of its own. Junior David Drea tossed seven strong innings and got plenty of early support from an offense that went silent in the first game to lead the Bears to a 7-1 victory in the nightcap. Ursinus (2-7) was on the wrong end of a no-hitter in the opener, a 7-0 shutout for the Nittany Lions. Sophomore Dom Fiorentino drove in three runs in the second game for the Bears, who were playing on Pennsylvania soil for the first time this season.

Mason Quinlan homered twice, drove in four runs, and scored four times as Puget Sound completed a three-game sweep against Pacific at home with a 14-5 win. Quinlan's first home run was a three-run blast to left field that gave the Loggers a 7-1 lead in the second inning. He also hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to push Puget Sound's lead to 11-2. Puget Sound starting pitcher Michael Warnick improved to 4-1 after allowing just one earned run through six innings.

Benedictine came from behind in their third consecutive contest to win 10-9 over Babson. Ryan Miller kept Babson at bay for most of the game, working four straight innings without allowing a hit.  The sophomore, making his first start of the season, threw 7.1 innings and allowed just three earned runs while fanning five. Benedictine is 3-1 on the trip with all three wins coming by a single run.

Alvernia used an eight run seventh inning to power past Albright on its way to sweeping the series and taking a 16-2 win in MAC Commonwealth action at Albright. Matt Briner and Ben Dubas each had to hits and scored three runs a piece to lead Alvernia, and Dubas's RBI in the seventh put him over the 100 career RBI milestone.

Washington University relied on strong pitching as it completed a 2-1 series victory of Coe by splitting a doubleheader at Kelly Field. The Bears defeated the Kohawks 9-4 in game one before suffering their first defeat at home in a 1-0 pitcher's duel to Coe during the afternoon. WashU concluded the weekend with a 9-6 record following the split while Coe ended the week with a 5-6 record. The Bears offense seized their opportunities in game one while scoring nine runs on seven hits and eight walks, but finished game two with a combined four hits while being shutout for the first time this season.

Senior right fielder Chase Standen had four hits, six RBIs and four runs scored to lead Scranton to a 17-4 rout in the final game of a Landmark Conference series at Juniata. Standen blasted a three-run homer in the first inning – his third homer in as many games – and had a two-run single in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth. He finished the three-game series going 7-for-13 with a double, three home runs, 13 RBIs and seven run scored as the Royals (6-5, 2-1 Landmark) took two of three from Juniata (2-8, 1-2 Landmark).

Maritime picked up a two-game sweep over Baruch at Reinhart Baseball field. The Privateers won game one 7-1 and they won game two by a score of 2-0. Maritime was led by junior Joe Scerra and freshman Travis Zurita who each had three hits on the day. Scerra was three for six and Zurita was three for seven with 3 doubles and one RBI. Maritime sent senior Anthony D'Ancona to the mound for game one. D'Ancona went the distance while striking out seven batters and allowing just three hits. In game two freshman southpaw Dylan Clausen got the start and completed 4.1 innings while fanning nine batters. Junior A.J. Ammirati came in in relief picking up the save while striking out four batters in 2.2 innings of work.

Chris Seibert, with hs home run on Sunday is
now tied for the Wesley all-time home run
record with 21 in his career.

Wesley athletics photo

The offense flexed their muscle for Wesley in a doubleheader sweep over Valley Forge. Will Barton and Chris Seibert homered as Wesley picked up a 15-5 win over Valley Forge in the first game. Seibert paced the Wolverines in the first game, going 3-for-3 with two home runs and four runs batted in. Kyle Schneider's first collegiate hit was a three-run home run to left field. Darin Matthews collected the win in five innings of work and two strikeouts. Wesley batted around twice in the second inning and pushed across 14 runs in the second inning to propel the Wolverines over Valley Forge, 18-5 in the second game of the doubleheader.

Rhodes took two of three over the weekend from Oglethorpe after a 8-4 win at Stauffer Field. The Lynx scored three runs in two of the first three innings to build a 6-0 lead, and they rode that to an 8-4 victory. The loss dropped the Petrels to 15-8 on the season overall and 5-4 in SAA play.

Sophomore Brent Greeley pitched eight innings allowing just one run to lead Tufts to an 8-2 victory over Saint Vincent at War Memorial Stadium. Tufts, in the midst of four games at War Memorial this weekend to open its season, improved to 2-1. Greeley allowed just three hits in his first six innings and did not allow a runner to reach second base during that stretch. By the time he gave up a run in the seventh, the Jumbos already had eight on the board. He allowed six hits, struck out three and did not walk a man in his second collegiate start.

King's College opened conference play with a doubleheader split with Manhattanville at Lipo Field in Wilkes-Barre. The Monarchs won the first game 4-3 before dropping the nightcap 11-5. The Monarchs now hold a 4-6 overall record and 1-1 mark in Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom play while the Valiants are 3-6 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The third game of the three-game set between the programs scheduled to be played at Manhattanvile has yet to be rescheduled.

Heidelberg walked off with a weekend sweep of Manchester, following up Saturday's 10-2 win with two wins on Sunday, 15-6 and 3-2 (10). In the white-knuckle nightcap, The Berg tied the game in the eighth before winning on an error in the 10th. Evan Long had five hits on Sunday and nine for the weekend. On Sunday, he drove in three. Darrin Shirk, Matt Psychas, Justin DeWitt and Joey Rydzewski each contributed three hits on the day. Strong starts by Anthony Hajdu and Trevor Adkins paced The Berg while Marc Ochoa and Joey Wenning threw scoreless relief. Manchester committed 10 errors on Sunday, 13 in the series.

Defiance completed a sweep of Albion on a breezy Sunday afternoon at Booster Field on the campus of Defiance High School. The Purple and Gold claimed game one 6-3 and won game two by a score of 11-7. The Yellow Jackets out hit the Britons in each game and survived a moster day by Albion's Jack Wyman. The senior pitcher/first baseman from Bloomfield Hills hit .700 (7-for-10) with three doubles and a solo home run at Defiance.

The Cabrini offense stayed hot as they rolled to
their third and fourth consecutive victories and
picked up a doubleheader sweep of the Penn
State Brandywine Lions.
Cabrini athletics photo

DeSales scored nine runs over the final three innings of game two exploding late to earn a split of a MAC Freedom doubleheader with FDU-Florham. The Bulldogs (6-8, 1-1 MAC Freedom) committed four errors leading to four unearned runs for the Devils in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss in the first game. FDU (5-7, 1-1 MAC Freedom) scored once in the first and second innings and twice in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead and held off a late DeSales rally. Trailing 2-1 early DeSales exploded for four runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead.  Junior Tommy Esparo and Junior Charlie Barebo each had RBI doubles in the fourth frame.

Senior Alex Detweiler went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs, freshman Roy Iversen earned his first collegiate victory, and Stevens earned a 5-4 come-from-behind win over New Jersey City in non-conference action at Dobbelaar Field. Juniors Carlos Leon and Donny Gherardi each added two hits for Stevens, who won its second straight game to improve to 6-8. Designated hitter Mike Albunia had two hits and drove in a pair for the Gothic Knights, who dropped their fourth straight to fall to 5-4.

Stevenson pushed their winning streak to six with a 3-1 win in game one of Sunday's doubleheader versus Middle Atlantic Conference opponent Widener.  Unfortunately, in the second contest of the day, the run was halted with a 2-1 defeat at Widener Baseball Field. The Mustangs did take the weekend set two games to one after taking Friday's home matchup by a 17-6 final at Sugar Field. The six-game winning streak was the longest for Stevenson since February 24 to March 9 of the 2013 season when the Mustangs put together a nine-game streak en route to a 25-18 season.

The Penn State Behrend baseball team worked to a sweep of Muskingum, winning 4-2 and 6-5 respectively. Game one was a come from behind win for the Lions (5-6). After falling 2-0 through the first couple innings, Scott Sada roped a grand slam in the top of the seventh to give Behrend the 4-2 victory against the Fighting Muskies (6-7). In game two Sada came in clutch again for the Lions by leading off the top of the eighth with a leadoff double. With Sada in scoring position, Ryan Hamm hit a grounder to the pitcher and was able to reach second base from a throwing error, also scoring Sada for what was the game-winning run.