It was a good Friday for Emory and Washington

 
Richard Brereton held the Spartans to just two
runs in six hits in nine innings in Emory's win.
Emory athletics photo

A complete game effort by sophomore Richard Brereton lifted Emory to a 5-2 victory over No.-13 Case Western Reserve in the University Athletic Association opener for both teams. Washington University also opened their UAA series with a 4-1 win over NYU. John Ostrander led the offense with three extra-base hits and was involved in three of the four Bear's runs, scoring twice and driving in one.

Defending Liberty League champion RIT used a seven run fourth inning and a nine-strikeout performance from Brian Reed to down Union, 10-2, in the Liberty League opener for each team. Benjamin Terzani highlighted the seven-run frame with a three-run double; both he and Joey Mylott drove in three runs for the Tigers. Reed scattered five Union hits and forced the Dutchmen to strand seven runners on base. RIT went on to sweep the Dutchmen with a 9-6 win in games two.

Alma swept Albion in a home doubleheader as the Scots and Britons opened a four-game series. Alma earned a 5-2 victory in game after scoring three times in the bottom of the fifth before shelling Albion in Game 2, defeating the Brits by a 20-3 margin after going up, 10-0, after two innings. Sophomore Vann Acker went 6-for-7 at the plate with three doubles and two RBIs to lead Alma (10-8), which has now won three straight. Sophomore Logan Huff collected five hits, including three doubles and a home run, while tallying four RBIs in the two games.

Chapman earned its ninth victory in a row with a 9-4 win over Cal Lutheran (15-11) earlier this afternoon. The Panthers (19-7) were led by juniors Tristan Kevitch and Andrew Mendonca, who each went yard to lift Chapman to victory over the defending national champions. Chapman heads to Cal Lutheran tomorrow to finish out the series with a doubleheader and returns home to Hart Park April 7 for a doubleheader against Caltech.

Saint Joseph's (Me.) edged Nichols 4-3 in a non-conference matchup at the New England Baseball Complex. Saint Joseph's was led by junior Joey Murphy, who went 2-for-4 with a home run. Senior Chris Gerossie also went deep for the Monks while going 1-for-4 with two runs scored, while senior Jacob White went 2-for-3 and junior Jared Gagne went 2-for-4. Senior Travis Godbout picked up the win, allowing three runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings pitched. Classmate Josh Partridge earned his first save of the season, giving up one hit with a walk and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work.
 
UW-La Crosse swept a doubleheader against St. Scholastica at Copeland Park. UWL won the opener 6-4 and the nightcap 14-11.  The Eagles improve to 8-5 on the season, while the Saints drop to 6-5 overall. Alex  Robson went 3-for-3 with a walk, and tied a single-game school record by scoring five runs in the game.  He ties the record set by John Kelliher versus Minnesota-Duluth on April 16, 1991.
 
Curry began the CCC portion of their schedule with a pair of victories over Eastern Nazarene at Adams Field, topping the Lions 2-1 and 5-2. The Colonels improve to 5-6 overall and 2-0 in league play with the wins. ENC slips to 10-5 on the year and 0-2 in the CCC with the setbacks. Connor Simpson posted two hits and one RBI on the day. Steven Pesce and Zachary Carmody each finished with two base knocks. Devin Haberstumpf chipped in with one hit, one RBI, and one run scored.
 
Junior Garrett Crum staked seventh-ranked Wooster to a 2-0 lead with a towering opposite-field, two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, and the Fighting Scots' defense made a series of exceptional plays throughout the game as the Black & Gold turned aside DePauw 4-3 in the NCAC opener on Friday afternoon at Art Murray Field. Crum was down in the count 0-2 when he drilled the pitch out to right field, and the junior was the focal point on Wooster's (10-3) third run of the game. In the third inning, Crum fouled off five pitches before reaching on a fielder's choice. On the play, DePauw (2-11) shortstop CJ Yoannou tried to turn what would've been an inning-ending double play, but his throw to first sailed wide of the base allowing Dippman to touch home.
 
 No. 24 Shenandoah posted its third straight victory with a 16-5 ODAC win at Guilford. Shenandoah (13-6) banged out 20+ plus hits for the second straight day in taking out the Quakers (10-12-1). All nine starters had at least one hit with Tristan Baker, Grant Thompson, Luke Nussman and Chase Smallwood getting three each. Nussman had a home run, a two-run shot in the ninth and his first of the season, with Smallwood driving in three runs.
 
Pacific split a doubleheader with host Linfield, winning game one by a 5-1 margin and dropping game two by the score of 2-1. The Boxers (13-16 held the Wildcats to four hits each in both of the games. Game one starter – Casey Brown – went the distance allowing four hits and striking out three in the win to improve to 2-3. Offensively, Joey Galeno had a RBI in each game; plus, Dylan Wright had two hits and two RBI in game one for Pacific.
 
Charlie Ruegger (2-2) silenced the Canton bats
from the opening inning, working quickly and
efficiently, mixing in all of his pitches and fell
behind just nine batters on the evening.

Stevens athletics photo
Junior Charlie Ruegger fired a 15-strikeout one-hitter, senior Alex Detweiler finished a single shy of the cycle, and Stevens won its fourth straight game with a 3-0 victory over the SUNY Canton in an Empire 8 Conference matchup at Dobbelaar Field. Junior Carlos Leon walked twice and stole a base for Stevens, who improved to 11-9 on the year and 4-1 in the Empire 8. With St. John Fisher's loss to Ithaca earlier in the day, the Ducks are currently in first place atop the league standings. Joseph Dwy had a third-inning infield single for Canton's lone hit of the evening. The Kangaroos dropped their fourth straight to fall to 3-11. The contest marked Canton's E8 opening.

Rutgers-Newark picked up its first home win of the 2018 season at Riverfront Stadium as the Scarlet Raiders routed visiting CCNY, 15-4. The victory snaps a six-game skid for Rutgers-Newark, and the Scarlet Raiders improve to 6-10 ahead of their NJAC opener Saturday in Newark against nationally-ranked TCNJ. Senior Brian Boullineau led the Scarlet Raiders, going 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI. Sophomore starter Jason Palmeri was solid as well, improving to 2-1 with 6.1 innings of work. He was charged with four runs, scattering seven hits and striking out six.

Ithaca pounded out 13 hits as four different Bombers recorded multi-hit games to lead the Bombers to an 11-8 Empire 8 Conference road victory at St. John Fisher. With the win, Ithaca is now 9-7 on the season and 2-2 in the Empire 8, and also snaps Fisher's six-game winning streak. Fisher is now 10-7 on the season and 3-1 in conference play. Webb Little went 3-for-3 in the game with three walks and three runs scored, while Cam Fuoti was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk. Adam Gallagher drove in three runs in a 2-for-6 day at the plate, while Sam Little was 2-for-4.

The bats finally came alive for Elmira, as the Soaring Eagles secured their first win of the season over Empire 8 Conference foe Utica by a 12-2 final score at Hamilton College's Loop Road Baseball Complex in Clinton, New York. Elmira snapped a 13-game skid to open the 2018 campaign by posting season highs in runs scored (12) and runs batted in (11), while tying highs for hits and extra-base knocks with 12 and five, respectively. Seven different Soaring Eagles logged a hit, four of whom smacked multiple hits. Bryce Plante led the Purple and Gold with a trio of hits, going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Conor Bawiec, Jack Thistle, and Joey Florio each finished with two hits, while Tommy Fogarty went 1-for-3 with a game-high four RBIs. This production came against Utica's ace, Griffin Baur, who coughed up a season-worst nine runs and suffered his first loss of the year.

Sewanee downed the Warriors of Hendrix, 3-1, on Friday afternoon thanks to a complete game performance by Drew Mancuso. Mancuso (2-3) tossed a complete game, allowing one run on six singles, striking out six on 110 pitches.  Trey Akins tallied two hits for the Tigers with an RBI. Jack Galanek also recorded two hits and an RBI, while also drawing a walk for Sewanee.

Junior 1B Johnny Stamatis had three hits, scored twice and added a crucial ninth-inning RBI to lead the visiting Trinity Bantams to a 6-5 win over the Tufts Jumbos in the NESCAC East Division opener for both teams at Huskins Field.  Trinity improved to 5-7 with its third victory in a row, while Tufts fell to 6-5 in its home opener.  The teams will close out the three-game set at Huskins with a doubleheader tomorrow at noon.

Jack Vonderhaar drove in the game-winning
runs with a two-RBI double to take the series
with No. 12 Texas Lutheran before the Easter
weekend.

Trinity (Texas) athletics photo

Top ranked Trinity Tigers took two of three in a SCAC series with No. 12 Texas Lutheran as they split a doubleheader on Friday. Trinity lost the opening game 8-4 after its ninth-inning rally fell short, but the Tigers bounced back with a 5-3 comeback win in the series finale. The Tigers opend the series on Thursday with a 5-4 win.

Dan Cacciola and Michael DeDonato both homered to lead Endicott powered past Wesleyan (Conn.), 7-4, at North Field. Cacciola's home run came in the third inning when he hammered a fastball off the light pole positioned beyond the right field fence for a 2-0 advantage. Meanwhile, in the fourth, DeDonato crushed a grand slam to left field to give Endicott a 7-0 lead immediately after Brad Rebello put the Gulls ahead 3-0 with a line drive single to center, also with the bases loaded. Endicott's bullpen preserved the win the rest of the way for starter Joseph Brown who threw five solid innings to collect his second victory of the season (2-0 overall, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). Will Bryant and Victor Molle stood out for the Gulls out of the pen as Bryant collected his fourth save of the year (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K) and Molle tossed a clean eighth inning to push his scoreless innings streak to 6 2/3 innings to begin the 2018 campaign.

Scoring the most runs of its season so far, Southern Vermont won its NECC series opener with Dean by an 18-7 clip at the New England Baseball Complex. Down 6-2 in the top of the third, the Mountaineers rallied for seven runs which put them ahead for good. SVC added another three in both the six and seventh frames to gain some separation before notching three more for good measure through the final two innings. Southern Vermont evens its league record at 2-2 (3-9 overall) with the win. SVC and Dean wrap up the series on Saturday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader to be held at Trinity College in Hartford.

Logan Sullo's sixth inning grand slam capped a six-run comeback by Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the Buccaneers swept a doubleheader at Fitchburg State. The 5-2 and 8-5 victories came in the first MASCAC action of the year for MMA and improved the club's overall record to 8-7. In game one Sullo walked late in the game to force in a run and looking back, the same care should have been given in game two where Sullo's grand slam was the difference between winning and losing.

Washington & Jefferson began its post-Florida campaign with a 7-0 victory to kickoff a three-game weekend series over Presidents' Athletic Conference foe Thomas More in a nonconference matchup. The win improves the Presidents to 9-8 on the season and is their second shutout of the year. Both teams will return to the field tomorrow, March 31, for a PAC doubleheader, with the first pitch of game one slated for 12:00 p.m. Ben Marsico started on the bump and improved his record to 1-1, picking up his second scoreless start this season (La Roche, 3/11/18), which is also the longest scoreless start of his career. Over 8.0 innings, he allowed only four hits and two walks while striking out three batters. James Trainor pitched the final inning and fanned two hitters.

Marcos Perivolaris went 3-for-5, including a tie-breaking two-run home run that turned out to be the game winner, as 14th-ranked Cortland defeated Oneonta, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game SUNYAC series. Perivolaris' homer came in the top of the sixth with the score deadlocked at two with Matt Michalski at first. Michalski led off the inning with a single and was 4-for-5 at the plate with two doubles, two RBI and a run.
 
Senior Nick Pacifico worked 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to help RPI come back to earn a doubleheader split with Rochester, on Friday afternoon at Robison Field. After falling 8-4 in Game 1, the Engineers scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to take Game 2, 7-6, to improve to 8-7 overall (4-2 Liberty League). The Yellowjackets are now 1-7 (1-1 Liberty League).
 
Salem State took a pair from Bridgewater State in the opener of MASCAC play on Friday afternoon. Starter Stephen Keskinidis remained unbeaten on the year, earning his third victory allowing just one earned run in 4.2 innings as Salem State defeated the Bears 11-3 in game one. The Vikings (11-5) used a six-run first to hold on for a 10-8 victory in game two.

Oglethorpe got their 3-game series with Millsaps off to an outstanding start at Anderson Field, pulling away for a 14-4 win in which the 10-run rule had to be invoked after seven innings. The Stormy Petrels rapped 13 hits and took advantage of four Millsaps errors to score five unearned runs en route to the 10-run victory which improved the team to 18-10 on the season overall and 8-5 in SAA play. The win also moved the Petrels into a tie for third place with Millsaps in the SAA standings.

 After a close 6-4 win on Thursday to open a three-game American Southwest Conference series at Howard Payne, Texas-Dallas split a pair of games with the Yellow Jackets on Friday to earn a series victory, 2-1. The Comets grabbed an early lead in Friday's opener before falling to HPU, 8-6. UTD rebounded in the series finale with a 20-4 run-rule victory over the Yellow Jackets.
 
Led by six innings of shutout ball from MIT freshman pitcher Casey Bussone. the Engineers won their second straight game with a 3-0 shutout of visiting Suffolk in the team's home opener at Fran O'Brien Field.Bussone improved to 1-1 overall with his first career victory, scattering eight hits with six strikeouts. Murphy earned the save as he threw three innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts. Thomas Allison was 2-for-4 as MIT registered seven hits on the day, while the Rams were led by two hits each from Seth Coiley and will Hopkins.