Hood wins twice in final inning

Cam Esposito is batting .456 and has Hood off to
their best start in the history of the program.
Hood athletics photo by Craig Chase

Hood improved to 17-1, scoring the winning run in the seventh inning of both games at Stevenson in a Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth doubleheader. The Blazers claimed the opener 6-4, then won 13-12 in the nightcap. Cam Esposito had a two-run double to give Hood the lead in the first game and score an insurance run for Nate Luscombe, who pitched a complete game for the win. In game two, Jordan Patterson drew a walk-off walk to give himself the victory in relief. Esposito finished the doubleheader 5 for 9 with two doubles, a triple and five runs batted in.

Alfred State swept a pair of games at Wells in their first action in New York during the 2018 season. The Pioneers took the opener 3-2 and then collected 18 hits in a 11-0 victory in game two. The blue & gold have now won four straight and improve to 5-11 on the year. On the day, every starter had a hit with seven crossing home plate safely.

Jake Casey, Isiah Hudson and Jason Martin combined to pitch a four-hit shutout as Cortland completed a series sweep against visiting Plattsburgh with a 13-0 win. All four hits allowed by the Cortland pitchers were singles. Casey started and pitched five scoreless innings on three hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Hudson allowed just one hit in his three innings of relief with a walk and a strikeout, and Martin surrendered a walk to open the ninth inning before inducing a double play and a strikeout to conclude the contest. Thirteen different hitters registered base knocks and 12 separate players scored runs for the Red Dragons.

Redshirt junior RHP Dan McCann struck out five and infielders Jay Hammett and Connor Coursey combined for six hits as the St. Mary's (Maryland) earned their first Capital Athletic Conference win of 2018. The Seahawks (7-5) posted a 9-4 road win over Wesley (6-7) on Monday afternoon. Coursey led all offensive players with a 3-for-4, four RBI day.

No 5. Rowan routed Neumann, 13-1 in a non-conference game on Monday for their ninth consecutive win. First baseman Anthony Harrold went three-for-four with a double, a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored. Left fielder Monny Strickland recorded two hits (four at bats), four RBIs and three runs. Right fielder Kyle Golla notched two doubles, three RBIs and one run.

Freshman Max Gaishin picked up his first collegiate win on the mound for Hope in a doubleheader split at Calvin. The Flying Dutchmen won 10-2 in game one behind Gaishin's pitching but lost the second game 6-2 in the series finale. Gaishin scattered six hits and one run in 6.1 innings of work. The lefthander from Stevensville, Michigan struck out six. Hope jumped out to a 10-0 lead with three runs in the fourth, two in the sixth and five in the seventh in game one. In game two, it was Calvin who jumped out out to a four run lead and never looked back.

Marietta pitcher David Stover made the most of a rare starting opportunity as the senior dominated No. 9 ranked Frostburg State in Marietta's 10-1 victory.
The Pioneers, ranked 21st nationally, improve to 12-4 on the season and are now 4-1 against nationally ranked opponents this season. Frostburg State is also 12-4 overall. Stover, the Pioneers' closer since his sophomore season, made just his second career start and tossed 7.0 strong innings. He scattered six hits, all singles, and allowed just one unearned run. Stover did not walk a batter and struck out five Bobcat hitter. While Stover was keeping the Bobcat offense in check, the Marietta offense scored two runs in the second and three more in the third to take control of the game.

Led by Logan Sullo, the Mass Maritime Buccaneer bats came alive and freshman southpaw Mason Ashburn pitched superbly in the nightcap as Mass Maritime took two from Clark University. The 11-9 and 7-3 wins improved MMA's record to 5-6 as the weather has finally improved enough for the season to continue. Sullo was 3-for-7 with two walks in the doubleheader, while Casey Furnas put up matching 2-for-4 efforts in each game.

King's College scored 21 runs on 23 hits in a 21-1 non-conference victory over Clarks Summit at Lipo Field in Wilkes-Barre. The Monarchs improve to 7-8 overall while the Defenders fall to 0-12. King's jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning when the whole lineup came up to bat and added crooked numbers in four of the remaining seven innings. Chris Rebar came a triple shy of the cycle with three hits in four at-bats. He had a double, a home run, four runs batted in, and scored twice. Kyle Lupas also had three hits while knocking in three and scoring twice. Bruce Breithaupt recorded two hits, knocked in two, and scored a run while Christian Pack had two hits, two runs scored, and two RBI. 13 different Monarchs had one hit. All nine of King's starters recorded at least one hit and eight of the nine scored at least one run.

Senior Quinn DiPasquale allowed one earned run over six solid innings, sophomore Patrick Rood hit his first career grand slam. and Stevens climbed back to .500 with an 8-4 victory over Ithaca in an Empire 8 Conference game played at Freeman Field. Freshman catcher Nathan Zuckerman went 2-for-3 and scored two runs for the Ducks, who won their second straight game to move to 9-9 on the season and 2-1 in E8 play. Stevens took two of three games from Ithaca over the weekend to win the three-game series. The series win was the first-ever for Stevens in the long history between the programs.

No. 13 Christopher Newport picked up it's 11th straight win after downing Hampden-Sydney (10-6) on the road, 9-3. The Captains improved to 19-4 after adding to the roll, in which eight of the 11 consecutive victories have come away from home. Senior Ryan Powell (3-2) tossed a season-high five innings and allowed just one run on four hits while striking out three. Offensively, a five-run fifth inning broke the game open for CNU, who added two more in the seventh- and ninth-innings. All nine players in the dangerous Captains offense reached base in the game, with the middle of the order featuring multi-hit performances from Brandon Ginch, Nicholas Baham, Craig Johnson, and Nick DiNapoli.