Augsburg gets early win; Runs aplenty in RMC, York tie

 
Augsburg wins game one with UW-Superior 11-2. 
d3photography.com photo by Jeff Lawler

UW-Superior took on Augsburg for the third time this season at U.S. Bank Stadium early Thursday morning but the Yellowjackets were once again upended by the Auggies in the first game, while the second game halted due to time constraints. In the opener, Augsburg put up a big bottom of the fourth with four runs, and then scored again the fifth to make it to the final score, 11-2. UW-Superior would jump out to a 12-6 lead on the Auggies in the second game by putting together an eight-run sixth, but due to the stadium time limit, the game was not completed. For now, the game is a no-contest, but the game may be finished at a later date.

In the 18th game of the 2018 season, senior Rick Spiers beat out an infield single to drive in the final run in a four-run ninth as the 10th-ranked Randolph-Macon baseball team rallied to tie York (Pa.) 18-18 on Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park. The game between the Yellow Jackets (14-3-1) and the Spartans (8-6-1) was called after nine innings due to darkness.

Texas-Dallas kicked off a three-game ASC series at Howard Payne with a 6-4 victory over the Yellow Jackets. The Comets improved to 12-11 overall with Thursday's win and are now 7-3 in ASC play. The two teams will play a doubleheader Friday to closed the three-game set in advance of Easter Weekend. UTD gave starter Jamie Andriot (5-2) all the offense he would need in the top of the 1st inning, plating six runs on seven hits. Andriot cruised until the 7th, before giving up four runs, three earned, and making his exit with seven strikeouts. Garrett Hale earned his sixth save, picking up two strikeouts in a scoreless 9th, working around a lead-off walk.

Senior David Lennon and sophomores Jake Oliger and Matthew Valente combined to drive in 10 runs as Babson cruised to a 17-1 victory over visiting Curry in non-conference action at Govoni Field. Babson, which has won two straight, improves to 9-7 on the year, while Curry falls to 3-6 overall with its second consecutive loss. Lennon and Valente each had three hits and Oliger went 3-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored for the Beavers. Junior Connor Gill drove in two runs, first-year Peter Feinman went 2-for-2 and junior Nicholas Browne contributed a two-run homer in the win. Sophomore Edward Lehr, the first of five pitchers to work for Babson, allowed one run on two hits over four innings to improve to 1-1 with the win. Four relievers struck out nine while allowing no hits and issuing just one walk over the final four frames.

Ramapo pounded out at season high 24 hits as they defeated Farmingdale State on the road 18-5. With the win the Roadrunners improve to 13-6 overall while the Rams drop to 10-5 on the year. Nick Recarte (1-1 overall) earned the win on the mound for the Roadrunners. He struck out four, walked three and scattered seven hits over 6.1 innings of work. Riley Weis worked 1.2 innings in relief while he surrendered three hits and one run. Jeff Millet worked the ninth inning and struck out one, let up one hit and did not surrender a run. Joe Maugeri led the team at the plate in the game finishing 4-5 with five RBI and one run scored while Vincenzo Sita finished 4-6 with two RBI and one run scored.

A two-run single in the sixth inning by Nathan Kessler broke a 1-1 tie and the bulllpen did the rest as Hood beat Alvernia, 3-1, for the first time in program history.  Hood improved to 18-1 on the season and 5-1 in the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth. The Golden Wolves hold an identical conference mark as the Blazers and fell to 13-6. Ryan Atkinson went six innings for the win. The senior limited the Golden Wolves to just four hits and did not walk a batter, striking out five. Jake Howell, Nate Luscombe and Jordan Patterson each pitched scoreless innings to close the game with Patterson notching his second save of the year. Hood's pitching staff did not issue a walk, while the Blazers' lineup drew five bases on balls. Brad Sawyer had two hits. Patterson and Daniel Shepherd both reached via a hit and a walk. Shepherd stole two bases.

Wisconsin Lutheran halted its losing skid and opened Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play with a pair of one-run wins over Marian at Neumann Family Field. The Warriors won the opener, 1-0, behind a stellar pitching performance from Dylan Knoespel and a walk-off hit from Joe Hanson. WLC also won the nightcap, 7-6, following three hits and three RBIs from KJ Banse and five innings of solid relief pitching.

A three-run top of the ninth inning pushed fourth ranked UMass-Boston past Western New England as they earned a 6-3 win at Trelease Park. Even at 3-3, and looking to get back on the winning track Eddie Riley gave the Beacons the decisive go-ahead run on a lead-off solo home run in the top of the ninth.  UMB would then load the bases and would plate their second run of the inning and fifth of the day on a bases loaded walk. The Beacons final run of the night came on a sac-fly by Nick Herzog, which scored Dave Murphy, who reached on a single to left field.In the bottom half of the inning, the Beacons saw Bobby Tramondozzi close out the contest in dominating fashion as he retired the side in order. In a 1.2 innings of work, Tramondozzi allowed just one hit and had a strikeout to improve to 2-0 on the year.

Senior Mark Joao is the first Springfield athlete
to record 100-career hits since Steve Starr '15
produced 129 from 2012-2015.
Springfield athletics photo

Freshman outfielder Jack Cooney went 4-for-4 with five RBI and senior pitcher Kyle Naples earned his second victory as Springfield defeated Dean, 11-0, at Archie Allen Field. With the win, the Pride is now 13-3-2 on the year, and has now shutout three of its last four opponents. The loss drops Dean to 5-10-1. Naples was instrumental in the Pride's success as he pitched 5.0 innings, giving up just one hit while striking out five. Naples handed the ball off to Jake Gleason, who had a pair of strikeouts in 1.0 innings, before Noah Bleakley, Zach Kerr and Kenny Walton finished off the game, taking one inning apiece. Dean's Colton Fitzsimmons took his second loss of the year as he was only able to get four outs and gave up five runs, while Jacob Servant pitched 5.0 strong innings in relief, holding Springfield to just one run.

Junior Benjamin Chaffee ended the game with a three-run shot to left to lift WPI to a 6-4, 11-inning victory over visiting Fitchburg State at the New England Baseball Complex. The Engineers (8-10) snap a five-game skid while the Falcons move to 5-8-1. Down a run with one out in the bottom of the 11th, freshman Jordan DeDonato doubled and moved to third on a single by junior Austin Lindner, before both came home thanks to Chaffee's first collegiate home run. Tied at 3-3, The Crimson and Gray were had a chance to get it done in the ninth as DeDonato opened with a double. A ground out moved him to third but a 6-4-3 double play ended the opportunity. Fitchburg State took the 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th behind a one-out RBI single by sophomore Joshua Macomber.

Bethel finished a trio of games in less than 24 hours at Northwestern's Reynolds Field. The Royals (13-3), who suffered a 15-inning 3-2 heartbreaker that ended a program-record 12-game win streak against St. Scholastica at UNW Wednesday night, endured another devastating blow in game one of Thursday's opener against the Eagles (5-12) before closing the day with an 8-3 victory.

Junior Dakota McFadden is turning into a double threat for Keystone, much to the chagrin of Giant opponents. In today's 9-1 victory over Drew at Christy Mathewson Field, McFadden pitched seven innings, struck out four and did not allow a run as the Giants won their ninth straight game to improve to 12-5 on the season.  He also smashed a two-run home run down the left field line in the first inning as Keystone jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and never looked back. McFadden was, however, far from the only hero for Keystone today. Senior Bray Curreri had three hits, including a solo home run in the fifth inning and two doubles, and junior Mohammed Hussein finished with three hits and scored three times. Overall, the Giants belted out 12 hits, including two by sophomore Adam Kelly.

DeSales recorded 15 hits and scored a season-high 17 runs taking the first of three games this week vs. Eastern University in MAC Freedom action. Tommy Epsaro finished with three hits, three runs scored, and six RBIs for the second straight game. Conner Lafferty knocked in three runs and Nick White also had three hits.

In a meeting of former Iowa Conference foes, Loras pounded nine extra-base hits on Thursday night for its 13th win of the season, defeating Cornell, 7-2. As a team, the Duhawks recorded a .735 slugging percentage, totaling six doubles and three triples. Erik Edminster earned his first career win in relief, throwing 3.2 innings without allowing a base hit.