...and the winner is: winter storm Toby

 

Junior third baseman Cal Aldridge knocked in
four runs in the Warhawks' two wins.. 

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No. 3 ranked UW-Whitewater opened the 2018 season Wednesday with a pair of victories on a windy day at Lake Myrtle Park. The Warhawks (2-0 overall) started with a 5-3 triumph over Babson (Mass.), which is receiving votes in the D3baseball.com national poll.  Against Babson (6-5), junior third baseman Cal Aldridge broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth with a sacrifice fly. The Warhawks concluded the day with an 11-1 victory over Hope (2-8) in a game called after seven innings due to run rule. Sophomore pitcher Connor Moroder and senior Austin Jones collected pitching wins on the day. Babson salvage a split on the day with a 7-2 win over Clarkson.

Birmingham-Southern won its fifth straight game, taking down Emory on the road 13-6. The Panthers put crooked numbers up on the board in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, scoring three runs in each. Senior outfielder Ross Anderson and freshman outfielder Cole Steadman led the Panthers at the plate. Anderson went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Steadman was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and three runs scored. First baseman Tyler Wise added a home run in the game, scoring three in the fourth inning. Freshman Hanan Mauldin picked up the win, throwing three innings and allowing one run off two hits.

Alex Koch was a single shy of hitting for the cycle, Taylor Grimm belted a home run and three Titan pitchers combined for a six-hit shutout as UW-Oshkosh won its seventh straight contest with an 8-0 victory over Grinnell in Auburndale, Fla. Koch tallied three hits during his five at-bats, including a third-inning two-run home run that gave the Titans (8-2) a 2-0 lead. Koch also tripled in the eighth inning and put UW-Oshkosh ahead 6-0 with his run-scoring double in the ninth. Grimm, who went 2-for-4 at the plate and joined Koch with three runs scored, singled in the third inning and extended UW-Oshkosh's lead to 4-0 with his fifth-inning home run. Grimm's home run was his team-leading fourth of the season.

Benedictine received a complete game shutout from 2017 NACC Pitcher of the Year Frank Greco to claim a fifth consecutive win in Florida, 4-0 over Westminser (Mo.). Greco struck out the first two hitters of the game and retired the first four. enroute to a three-hitter with nine strikeouts, the last of which came to end the contest.

Blackburn opened SLIAC play with a doubleheader sweep of Iowa Wesleyan in Carlinville by scores of 7-4 and 9-2.  In game one, junior left-hander Bubby Stepp threw a complete game striking out five and in game two, senior right-hander Jarrett Sandlin followed with a nine-inning complete game.

Wesleyan tallied 26 hits during a 28-12 triumph in eight innings over Oberlin in Tucson, Ariz., as the Cardinals tallied their most runs in a game since a 30-0 victory over Wentworth on March 31, 2000. Tanner Fulkerson (4-for-6, triple, double, four RBIs, four runs scored) and sophomore Jake Alonzo (4-for-7, double, two runs, RBI) starred for the Cardinals, as the group finished with eight extra-base hits.

Joseph Nelms had two hits on Wednesday but
his last gave the Tornados a win.

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Down by as many as eight runs, Brevard capped off a furious comeback to beat Montreat 10-9 on a walk-off hit from Joseph Nelms. The win over the Cavaliers marks the team's fourth straight and third by virtue of a walk-off hit this season for the Tornados. Brevard (6-15) completed its come-from-behind victory by scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning after entering the inning down 9-5. With three runners already on base and one out, Christian Ezzell was able to bring in a run one an error from Montreat shortstop Caleb Talton to cut the deficit to three runs. Immediately following Ezzell, Ryan Roon delivered a three-RBI double that hugged the left field line to tie the game at nine. With Nelms facing an 0-2 count, the sophomore placed his hit in shallow center field to score Roon from second base. Ezzell led all batters in the game with four RBI, which included a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to make the score 9-5. Roon was second among all batters with three RBI, and teammates Beau Shealy, Ryan Williams and Nelms each had one RBI on the contest.

SUNY Old Westbury used a season-best 16-hit attack to record a 10-7 non-conference win over the Plymouth State Panthers (5-2) at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic from Lee County Player Development Complex No. 3 in Fort Myers, Florida. Pymouth State will not have to wait long for a rematch as they meet Old Westbury tomorrow. Plymouth State defeated Denison 7-5 earlier in the day.

Loras came within four outs of upsetting Iowa, the 2017 B1G Ten Tournament Champions, on Wednesday afternoon at Banks Field. Five runs in the final two innings by the Hawkeyes handed the Duhawks their fourth loss of the season, 6-4. Ryan Koester finished 2-for-2 and reached base in all four plate appearances to lead Loras. Iowa improved to 15-1 all-time against the Duhawks.  Loras' lone victory came in the 1980 season in game two of a doubleheader.

Thomas scattered 12 hits in a 12-5 victory over Bard at Lake Myrtle Park. The Terriers earn their first victory of the season at 1-4 while the Raptors fall to 4-6. Thomas opened with a big second inning as they brought around six runs.  Nicholas Cousins got his team on the board with an RBI single followed by a two-RBI single from Tyler Gee.  After Cousins scored on an error, Alex Curtis doubled to deep right center to score two more.

Centre launched five home runs, ending their spring break trip in Florida at the RussMatt Invitational with an 8-7 victory against Juniata. The Colonels' five dingers were more than they've had in four of the last six complete seasons, and pushed their total to 11 this year – most since hitting a dozen in 2012. The long balls pushed Centre to 12-8 overall, while the Eagles fell to 4-9.