Concordia-Chicago sweeps UW-La Crosse in marathon session

Keegan Tyrell's grand slam in the 16th inning
got the Cougar offense on track.
Concodia-Chicago athletics photo

While the Concordia-Chicago Cougars had a long bus ride to La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Thursday night, it was nothing compared to the length of Friday's doubleheader against Midwest Regional nemesis, the UW-La Crosse Eagles. Game one, a 16-inning marathon, lasted over five hours, and the entire twinbill ended at 8:55, nearly nine hours after its first pitch. But it was all worth it for the sixth-ranked Cougars, as they swept the twinbill 8-3 and 14-8, improving to 12-3 on the season.

Behind a career-high 13 strikeouts from sophomore starter Thomas Packert (4-0), nationally-ranked Christopher Newport pulled away for a 10-3 win in their 2018 CAC opener against Salisbury (9-5). Packert and sophomore reliever Brian Owens matched a season high as CNU improved to 16-4 overall. While Packert handled the bulk of the pitching, the Captains' offense continues to fire on all cylinders with 10 runs on 13 hits. Nicholas Baham led the way with a 4-for-5 effort, driving in a pair and scoring twice. Sophomore Nick DiNapoli continued his stellar start to the year by going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and 1 run scored.

A game-tying home run in the ninth inning led to a 5-4 walk-off win in the tenth for No. 11 Washington & Jefferson before it dropped a 6-0 contest to UW-Stevens Point in the final day of the team's trip to Florida. The final day split with the Pointers gives the Presidents an 8-8 overall record heading back north. With the game tied at 4-4 Dan Trettel's sacrifice fly was deep enough for Luke Zahren to cross home for the winning run ffrom third. Five different Pointers drove in runs in the game two shutout for UW-Stevens Point. Nathan Mulzer pitched seven innings and allowed three hits enroute to his first win of the season.

Coe opened the Iowa Conference season Friday with a 9-8 win over Nebraska Wesleyan at NWU Field. Jordan Kaplan led the Kohawks with four hits, as he reached base for the 10th-straight game. Kevin DeLaney had two hits and a pair of stolen bases, as he became the 12th player in school history to notch 30 career swipes. Andrew Schmit earned the win, as he improved to 2-0 on the year. Schmit allowed three earned runs on six hits in six innings, while striking out seven and walking a pair.

It took nearly seven and a half hours, but Berry battled to a doubleheader sweep over Hendrix, improving to 16-7 overall as well as 7-4 in league play. Berry combined for 21 hits on the day and played a total of 23 innings with both games requiring extras. Spence Johns played a factor in both games, pitchng the 13th and 14th innings to get the game one win and scoring the winning run in walk-off fashion in game two.

No. 24 Redlands made the short trip to Pasadena for a SCIAC showdown against the Caltech Beavers.  With a career-high 12 strikeouts, senior pitcher Felix Minjarez threw a gem, as the Bulldogs returned home with an 11-0 victory. Although the Beavers mustered two hits in the second inning, Minjarez settled into a nice rhythm and retired the side in order in five of his eight total frames.    

Collin Bazemore no hit the Frostburg State
Bobcats for 5.1 innings on Friday.

Marymount athletics photo

Senior pitcher Collin Bazemore tossed 7.2 innings for a career-high 13 strikeouts and just two hits to guide Marymount into CAC play in the win column, as the Saints topped No. 9 Frostburg State, 2-0, at the Nationals Youth Academy.  With the victory, the Saints extend their win streak against the Bobcats to five, not dropping a game to FSU since April 16, 2015 in the CAC postseason. Additionally, Marymount remains perfect on its home diamond at 4-0, and hasn't lost to the Bobcats in the regular season since the first year of the program back in 2014, sitting at 7-0 since 2015.

Freshman Jacob Van Pelt added his name to Manchester-Anderson series lore as he stymied the host Ravens to the tune of one earned run on seven hits over five frames at Don Brandon Field. Coach Rick Espeset's offense added a strong cushion for the first-year hurler to lead the way to an 11-3 victory. The non-conference doubleheader opened well for the hosts. Anderson posted seven tallies over the first four innings and didn't look back in route to a 7-3 victory over the Black and Gold.

No. 3 ranked UW-Whitewater took an early lead and didn't let up in a 9-4 triumph over Lawrence in a non-conference affair at the RussMatt Invitational at Lake Myrtle Park. The Warhawks (4-0 overall) scored in six of their eight innings at the plate, and four of the team's pitchers combined to strand 11 Viking baserunners in the contest. Junior Sam Heilenbach picked up the win, allowing only one run while striking out six over five innings of work.

Dominican got back to work in the Wheaton Round Robin, topping the Concordia-Moorhead Cobbers, 2-0, in game one before falling to the host Wheaton (Ill.) Thunder, 5-2, in the Stars' weekend finale.  The Stars, now 9-5 on the season, will open NACC play next Saturday. The Star's Colin Janison twirled a one-hit shutout and scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the fifth inning to lead the Stars to a 2-0 win over the Cobbers. In game two, Wheaton's Ty Hoeksema improved to 4-1 on the mound, scattering seven hits and striking out seven over six innings of work. The Thunder defeated Beloit 9-3 in the late game.

Scoring early and often, North Central (Ill.) rolled to a 14-1 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran, in the team's final tune-up before beginning CCIW play on Wednesday. Charles Klemm dazzled on the mound for North Central, scattering just five hits over his six innings of work, allowing no earned runs, striking out four and walking none. John Clifford and Anthony Serafini combined to finish the final three innings without surrendering a hit. Michael Mateja led all batters finishing 3-for-4 from the plate with three runs scored, two stolen bases and a RBI, while extending his reached base streak to 53 straight games dating back to Mar. 20, 2017.

Oglethorpe came back from four runs down to beat the visiting Sewanee Tigers Friday evening at Anderson Field, scoring four runs in the ninth inning to erase a 7-4 Sewanee lead entering the bottom of the ninth and propelling themselves to an 8-7 victory. The Stormy Petrels now sit at 16-8 on the season overall and 6-4 in SAA play.