Golden Eagles fly past Maritime

Adam Gallagher's gound ball to shortstop was
misplayed and allowed the winning run to score
in a game one win for Ithaca.
Ithaca athletics photo

Junior Danny Poidomani struck out a season-high 11 over eight solid innings and freshman Nathan Zuckerman snapped a scoreless tie with a fifth-inning RBI double, leading Stevens Institute of Technology to a 7-2 victory over Ithaca College Sunday to split the team's Empire 8 Conference-opening doubleheader. The Bombers walked-off in the bottom of the seventh inning of game one with four runs on three hits and an error.

St. Joseph's (L.I.)  opened Skyline Conference play with a pair of wins over Maritime. The Golden Eagles took a thrilling extra-inning win 4-3 in game one before claiming a 13-9 come from behind victory in game two. Dylan Piscitelli worked a walk to start the tenth and pinch runner Gehrig Montoro stole second moving into scoring position. An infield groundout put Montoro at third before Tyler Costa's sacrifice fly brought him home for a 4-3 lead. Maritime had a chance in the bottom of the inning but failed to bring the run home. The Golden Eagles fell behind early in game two surrendering seven runs in the bottom of the first but chipped away until a seventh inning grand slam by Tyler Costa gave the Golden Eagles the winning margin.

Ramapo College split a non-conference doubleheader with Ursinus this afternoon at Jeff Maund Field. The Roadrunners now stand at 10-6 on the year while the Bears are now 3-8 overall. Cory Heitler (4-0) went the distance for the Roadrunners with 15 strikeouts while he scattered five hits in the complete game win 5-1. A pitcher's dual almost pushed the game into extra innings before the Bears plated a pair of runs across in the top of the seventh inning. Jerry D'Andrea went the distance for Ramapo in the tough loss. He struck out 13 and didn't walk a batter while he scattered seven hits.

Chatham split Sunday's doubleheader with visiting Hiram, winning the opener 15-1 before dropping the second contest, 10-2, at West Field. Sophomore outfielderDrew Brannon went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored as the Cougars collected 14 hits. The momentum shifted in the last game of the day as the Terriers offense fell into a rhythm for the 10-2 win.

Cole Thompson and Ryan Koester each blasted home runs for the Duhawks on Sunday, leading Loras to the series win over Simpson, 7-1. Robert Hovey earned his second win of the season while Aidan Wojciehowski pitched 4.0 innings of relief while racking up seven strikeouts. Hovey improved to 2-2 this season after scattering four hits over 5.0 innings while striking out five. Wojciehowski recorded his second save of the season, throwing 4.0 innings and struck out seven.

Pomona-Pitzer defeated non-conference opponent Middlebury 4-2 at Alumni Field. The Sagehens were led by Adam Hinthorne who went 2-3 with two RBI's in the win. Luka Green got the start for the Sagehens and pitched well early on with only four hits and six strikeouts but was relieved for Jake Patterson-Kohout who came on in the sixth inning with bases loaded and no outs. Patterson-Kohout was able to get out of the inning for the Sagehen unscathed and got the win with three perfect innings.

Ripon's got out to an early lead, before holding
on for a 3-2 victory against Concordia (Wis.).
Austin Fox (pictured) earned his first collegiate
victory, pitching one inning of relief, allowing
two hits and striking out two.

Ripon athletics photo

Junior leftfielder Nick Martinez drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Justin Bates scored on a wild pitch one inning later as Montclair State got past Neumann 6-2 at Maplezone Sports Institute. Norton finished 3-for-4 with Chris Roth going 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Red Hawks improved to 11-4 on the season. John Schoelkopf was 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI for Neumann which dropped back to the .500 mark at 8-8.

Whittier kept their winning streak intact at six games Sunday as they came away with the sweep over Williams at Hugh B. Mendez Stadium. The Purple & Gold have been red hot in the month of March and now improve to 15-9.  They have also posted an 11-1 non-conference record.  Alex Baez got the nod on the bump for the Poets in game one and threw his third complete game on the season as he went 7.0 innings strong giving up a run on seven hits along with six strikeouts. Whittier fell behind in the nightcap twice and found the answer both time with Daniel Tuerffs's bunt single writing a happy ending as the Poets walked off with the win.

Southern Vermont picked up its first NECC win of the year on Sunday as the Mountaineers split a doubleheader at Mitchell, taking the opener 3-2 before falling 8-2 in the series' rubber match. The twin bill, which was relocated from Southern Vermont, saw the Mountaineers bat as the home team in each game. Mitchell led from wire to wire in the backend of the doubleheader, scoring in each of the first five innings enrpute to the win and a split of the doubleheader.

Penn State Behrend picked up a non-conference sweep of Waynesburg 8-1 and 14-5. Justin Foreman went 2-for-3 with two RBIs while David Boehme matched Foreman's RBI output with a bases-clearing double to lead the Lions (7-6) over the Yellow Jackets (4-12) in game one. John Brittner batted 2-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI, and a double. Alex Hajduk got the start and win on the mound for Behrend, only allowing one run on two hits in seven innings of work. He also struck out four batters. Brennan Keillor and Noah Schneider each threw one inning. The pitching core only allowed four hits throughout the first game. In game two, Behrend used a six-run fifth inning to give themselves a comfortable nine-run cushion for the final two innings. As a team, they recorded four doubles and two singles in the inning, where Scott Sada notched two of those four doubles.

Sophomore Pat Beaton delivered the game
winning hit and Bates rallied from three runs
down to defeat UMass-Dartmouth 4-3.

Bates athletics photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen

Pacific pitcher Sam Lawrence pitched a complete game, allowing just four hits and five-different Boxers had multiple hits in an 8-1 win over Lewis & Clark to complete a weekend sweep of the Pioneers. Lawrence went the distance, scattering four hits, allowing one run (earned) and striking out three as the Boxers improve to 11-15. Coincidentally, it is the first complete game by a Pacific pitcher since Boxer teammate Paul Wolfram did so last year on March 25 against Lewis & Clark. Lewis & Clark (5-21) got two of its four hits – including a solo home run - from Sean Shepard and utilized three pitchers in the loss.

After not playing for a week thanks to Winter Storm Toby, Lebanon Valley was finally back on the field for a doubleheader against Penn College. In the opening game, the Dutchmen took down the Wildcats by a 5-1 margin. The Dutchmen provided starting pitcher Kyle Kingsbury with some early run support who picked up his first collegiate win, tossing five innings and allowing no earned runs while striking out four. Dylan Stephen was awarded with the save after throwing two innings and giving up just one hit.

SUNY Old Westbury opened their 2018 Skyline Conference schedule with a 5-4 victory in 10 innings before falling 5-0 in the finale on the road against the Purchase Panthers (11-7) from Purchase College Field in Purchase, New York.  Old Westbury (7-5-1) had a 10-game winning streak (2013-16) versus Purchase snapped last year after dropping the 2017 season series at home.

Senior pitcher Troy Terzi tossed another gem Sunday, leading Keystone past Arcadia. 9-4, in non-conference action at Christy Mathewson Field. Terzi improved to 3-1 on the season by striking out seven and not allowing an earned run in eight innings as the Giants won their sixth straight game to improve to 9-5 on the season. Of the 119 pitches he threw today, 84 were for strikes (71 percent). Today's game was the fifth time in five appearances that Terzi has pitched at least seven innings.  He also lowered his earned run average to 1.44. Terzi's job got a lot easier after the Giants jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings. 

Senior shortstop Ethann came through with a walk-off double and sophomore Erick Zecha hurled a compete game shutout in the nightcap to lead RPI  to a doubleheader sweep of Skidmore on Sunday afternoon at Robison Field. With wins of 4-3 and 3-0, the Engineers improve to 7-6 overall, while the Thoroughbreds drop to 6-8.

Alvernia (13-4) picked up a pair of one-run wins over Messiah (4-8) to continue a perfect start in MAC Commonwealth play during Sunday action at Alvernia. Following an hour and fifteen minute snow delay, and a joint effort from Messiah and Alvernia to clear the field, the first game got underway with Nicholas Marotta and Jordan Nichols entering into a pitching duel. Both pitchers had nearly identical line scores except Nichols gave up a run and took the loss. In game two Messiah took an early lead but Alvernia came right back to take the lead. Both teams traded runs for the 4-3 final in favor of the Golden Wolves.