March 17, 2018

Concordia-Chicago wins key contests

CUC's Joe Silva scored three runs in a 3-for-5
day in a 7-1 win over St. Thomas (Minn.). photo by Kylie Bridenhagen

Joe Silva homered and scored three runs as No. 7-ranked Concordia-Chicago slapped 13 hits and never trailed in Saturday's 7-1 win over St. Thomas in a nine-inning non-conference game played in Waverly, Iowa. CUC (8-2) used three pitchers, and that trio stranded nine St. Thomas baserunners and combined on a seven hitter, with no extra-base hits allowed. Jimmy Dolan went 3-for-4 to lead the offense for Tommies (0-4). The lone UST run came on a two-out bases-loaded walk to Logan Kohorst in the sixth inning. In game two, the Cougars found themselves in a close fight late, but the pitching combination of Adam Gfregory and Mike Formella preserved the 3-2 win in game two. With the two wins, CUC improves to 9-2 overall and have won seven straight.

Trailing 5-4 in the top of the ninth inning, Endicott capped off their successful California spring break trip with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over No. 25 Redlands. Trailing by two in the top of the ninth, the Gulls got the game-tying RBI on a single to center off the bat of senior second baseman Michael DeDonato to score freshman Matthew McKinley followed by a pinch-hit, RBI single to left by sophomore Ian Schmidt to plate junior outfielder Matt Bald for the go-ahead run.

No. 19 Catholic opened Landmark Conference play with a two wins against Moravian in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals took game one 3-2 and game two with an outstanding 12-3 victory. Catholic scored 15 runs on 25 hits with multi hit days from seven hitters including three hit days from sophomore Connor Sullivan, junior Ryan Tracy, and senior Danny O'Hagan.

Mike Harrington pitched seven innings of one-run ball as Cortland defeated Brockport, 5-1, to take the third game of a three-game SUNYAC weekend series at Lexington County Stadium. Harrington allowed only three hits and two walks with four strikeouts for his second win of the season. Jake Casey pitched two innings of hitless relief as Red Dragon pitchers held Brockport scoreless in 22 out of 25 innings in the series.

In a game that lasted nearly four hours, junior Ryan Boldwin plated the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the tenth inning to lead Plymouth State to a 12-11 win over No. 21 Johns Hopkins in a non-conference game. The Panthers (2-0) used five pitchers in the battle, with graduate student Dallas DeFrancesco picking up his first win of the season in relief. Johns Hopkins (7-5) came back from an 8-2 deficit with a nine-run sixth inning to pull ahead 11-8, but Plymouth State clawed back with four runs in the final three innings to grab the win. Junior Harrison Folk took the loss for the Blue Jays. The PSU bats were on fire, pounding out 16 hits with eight different players recording base knocks, five with multi-hit performances. Junior outfielder Josh Goulet led the way, going 4-5 with a double, triple, RBI and two stolen bases.

The #20 Gents scored four in the first inning and seven in the second and never looked back as Centenary (La.) (10-7, 2-0 SCAC) blasted Dallas (7-11, 0-2 SCAC) 15-1 in seven innings in the first game of a doubleheader. The second game was suspended due to weather in the bottom of the seventh inning with Centenary ahead 5-4. Dallas has two on with two outs and a full count to batter Seth Hanson with senior Cole Lavergne on the mound.

Haverford posted a 1-0 shutout victory over No. 6 Wooster in the final game of the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, wrapping up a fifth consecutive victory. The Fords took down a ranked opponent for the second straight season after beating No. 16 TCNJ on March 30 of last season. Sophomore Dylan Livingston (1-2) pitched an early season gem, striking out 10 over six innings while first year Andrew Johnson pitched the final three innings to secure his first career save. Ben Furlong hit a third inning homer, giving Haverford the only cushion it needed to secure victory. Haverford is now 5-7 on the young season while the Fighting Scots are 4-2.

Junior Colin Selby allowed just one run and fanned nine while pitching into the ninth as 17th-ranked Randolph-Macon downed Guilford 4-1  in ODAC action on Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park. The Yellow Jackets (11-2, 3-0 ODAC) won their fifth straight game, while the Quakers dropped to 9-7-1 overall and 1-2 in league play. Selby (4-1) allowed three hits and a run in the first, but surrendered just two hits over the next seven innings. He walked the leadoff batter in the ninth and turned the ball over to senior closer Christian Cok, who coaxed a double-play grounder and struck out the final batter looking to notch his third save.

Logan Haines (1-0) picked up the win for
Methodist, tossing 3.2 innings in relief. He
surrendered one run on three hits with a pair
of strikeouts.

Methodist athletics photo

Eighth-ranked Methodist became the first team in NCAA Division III to reach 20 wins this season with a 9-6 win over Pfeiffer at Armstrong-Shelley Field.  The Monarchs (20-2) broke open the contest with a five-run fifth inning then held off a late rally from the Falcons (12-7). The win is the 10th in a row for MU and moved the Monarchs to a perfect 15-0 at home this season.

The fifth-ranked Trinity (Texas) Tigers finished off its SCAC weekend series with Southwestern by winning 6-2 and 13-0 in a Saturday doubleheader. The Tigers came back from a sixth inning deficit and added on late for the game one win. Trinity carried that late momentum into the second game, beginning with a five-run first inning that set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. Jake Martin hit a two-RBI triple and Joey Pecoraro had a two-run round-tripper to account for four of the five runs scored.

Rowan closed its schedule at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational with a 12-1 victory over Hamilton. The game ended after seven innings due to the tournament's 10-run rule. It is the first time that the Profs (11-1) have gone undefeated during their spring break trip since 2005. The Profs surrendered just one hit. Right-hander Danny Serreino tossed five no-hit innings and struck out 10 for the win (2-0). Lefty Tom Riley took the loss (0-1).

With a flip of his helmet and a leap onto home plate, Bowie Farris was mobbed by his teammates after he gave the No. 23-ranked Texas-Tyler an 8-7 walk-off win over Texas-Dallas with a two-out, two-run home run to complete a two-run comeback in the ninth inning to take the American Southwest Conference series at Irwin Field. The Patriots (12-8, 4-5 ASC) swept the doubleheader with two walk-off wins, first coming in a 2-1 victory with Zach Pavelock hitting a walk-off single before the dramatic walk-off home run by Farris who sent a shot just over the wall and the glove of UTD’s leftfielder who made a crashing effort that came up short. Farris, who smashed the first pitch he saw in the at-bat, finished the game 4-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored. It was his first home run of the season and he now leads the Patriots with a .393 batting average and 16 RBIs after going 7-for-12 with four RBIs in the three-game series.

No. 15 Southern Maine split its two non-conference games in Florida defeating Westfield State 11-2 in the morning game before falling in a slugfest to Oswego State 15-14 in the afternoon. Oswego State defeated Fredonia 14-5 earlier in the day. Sophomore right-hander Cage Feeney earned his first win of the season for Southern Maine going 6.1 innings against the Owls.  Feeney gave up two runs on five hits while striking out nine. Oswego State Junior Mike Dellicarri scored from third base on a wild pitch to end the Huskies-Lakers slugfest in the afternoon.  Dellicarri stroke a one-out double off USM closer Dexter in the ninth and moved to third on a wild pitch.  Following walks to seniors John Barnes  and Eli Holton to load the bases, Dexter let go another wild pitch to allow Dellicarri to score the winning run.

The 14th-ranked Frostburg State Bobcats picked up its ninth-straight victory and its second win over a ranked team behind a 7-3 triumph over 13th-ranked Shenandoah at Bridgeforth Field. Frostburg (11-1) racked up seven runs on eight hits, while holding Shenandoah (8-5, 1-1 ODAC) to three runs on six hits. The Bobcats had five different players record a hit with two multi-hit performances.  Senior pitcher Greg Schneider, the reigning NCBWA DIII National Pitcher of the Week, made his fourth start of the year on the mound. He went five frames, giving up three runs (two earned) with four walks and nine strikeouts. The Jefferson Hills, Pa. native extended his scoreless inning streak to 23 innings before surrendering a run in the third inning. 

Baldwin Wallace's pitching staff dominated in a non-conference doubleheader sweep of Wittenberg on Fisher Field. BW (12-2) took the first game by a score of 9-1 and won the second game 10-3. Evan Lovick threw seven solid innings, allowing just the one unearned run on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Spencer Berg pitched two scoreless innings in relief, striking out every single batter he faced.  Junior right-handed pitcher Danny Cody took a perfect game into the top of the seventh inning with two outs before the Tigers finally reached on a dropped third strike. Cody earns his first win of the season, allowing just one hit and striking out a season-high 12 batters.

Whitman used big swings to help defeat host and 24th-ranked George Fox, 9-8, in the opening game of Saturday's Northwest Conference doubleheader, but the nightcap worked its way only until the eighth inning before being halted by darkness and postponed for a Sunday finish. The continuation of the game will begin at 11 a.m. at Morse Athletic Field, with the Blues batting in the top of the eighth and trailing 8-6. Anthony Lim's three-hit performance in game one helped ignite Whitman's victory.