Shenandoah Naills down victory

Jaime Naill was 2-for-5 with four RBI Sunday in
a 14-1 win over Gallaudet.
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No. 13 Shenandoah completed its week Sunday with a 14-1 non-league win over Gallaudet. Shenandoah (9-4) scored two runs in the first and one more in the second before breaking the game open with a 10-spot in the fifth. The Hornets sent 14 men to the plate in that frame with eight getting hits and seven driving in runs. Robert Marcelle, who finished the day 3-for-4, had two hits in the inning with a pair of singles to left. His second single drove in a run.

Dallas was unable to come back in the conclusion of yesterday's suspended game, as No. 20 Centenary (La.) finished the three-game sweep in an 8-4 decision. Play in the series finale had been stalled on a 3-2 count to Seth Hanson with two on and two away when weather delayed the contest. Hanson ended up getting a walk to start the resumed contest at noon on Sunday. However, a strikeout left the bases loaded and the Gents added to their 5-4 lead with three runs in the eighth to seal the game.

It doesn't get any sweeter than pushing the winning run across in your final at bat, and on Sunday Whitman's Blues did it twice to capture a Northwest Conference series sweep of host and 24th-ranked George Fox. Picking up in the eighth inning of a game halted Saturday by darkness, Whitman rallied with six runs in the top of the ninth to notch a 12-8 to start things off at Morse Athletic Field. The dramatic endings weren't over yet as the Blues broke a tie with a run in their half of the ninth for a 5-4 win in the afternoon game to complete Whitman's first series sweep of the season.

Sophomore Ryan Lust drove in two runs with a home run and a double and junior Henry DeCaster allowed one run and eight hits over 6.2 innings as St. Thomas (Minn.) scored a 3-1 victory over No. 7-ranked Concordia-Chicago in a nine-inning game. That avenged Saturday's 7-1 UST loss to the Cougars. DeCaster (1-1) walked three and struck out eight. Sophomore Shaun Falbo retired all seven batters he faced, five by strikeout, to earn his first save of the season. Falbo has not allowed a run in 12 career appearances covering 18 1-3 innings, and has given up just two hits. The Cougars (9-3), who had a seven-game win streak halted, left 10 on base as DeCaster worked out of several jams.

A three-run top of the seventh inning propelled the No. 3 Washington & Jefferson Presidents to a doubleheader split with SUNY New Paltz to open their time at the 2018 RussMatt Invitational in Auburndale, Fla.  The Presidents claimed game two of the twinbill by a score of 6-5 after falling by a 10-5 margin to the Hawks in game one.

Reno Rainey's two-run walk-off home run lifted Pitt-Greensburg (4-5) to a 10-8 extra-inning victory over #14 Frostburg State (11-2) in a non-conference game at Bobcat Park. The victory over 14th ranked Frostburg State was the first win over a ranked team for Pitt-Greensburg, since 2016, when the Bobcats won 4-3 over #10 Frostburg. Ian Hart sent the game into extra innings with a two-run pinch hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, for his first career blast. In the 10th inning, Zack Zimmerman led off and drew a walk after a six-pitch at-bat, which brought the power-hitting first baseman Rainey to the plate. With the count 2-2, Rainey smashed the fifth pitch of the at-bat over the right field fence for his third round-tripper of the season and sent the Bobcats to their fourth win of the season.

Senior Cole Migliorini and sophomore Ryan Duphorn each had four hits and three RBI as 17th-ranked Randolph-Macon completed a two-game ODAC sweep of Guilford with a 17-3 victory on Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park. The Yellow Jackets (12-2, 4-0 ODAC) extended their win streak to six, while the Quakers fell to 9-8-1 overall and 1-3 in league play. The R-MC offense put up crooked numbers in four different innings, including nine in the seventh, in support of junior starter Nick Roth. In six innings, Roth scattered six hits and allowed one earned run with no walks and eight strikeouts. On the season, Roth (3-0) has pitched 25 innings with no walks and 18 strikeouts.

Three-hole and designated hitter Jake Crist also
did damage with a perfect 2-for-2 day at the
dish with a solo home run, two RBI, two runs
and two walks.

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No. 19 Catholic showed why it has one of the most potent offenses in the country at Moravian, as the No. 19-ranked Cardinals put up a 22-2 victory on the scoreboard. The Cards came out hot with a seven-run first inning and then exploded for 13 runs in the third. Catholic totaled 19 hits as 11 different players got on base via the stick and six Cardinals with two-hit days. Senior shortstop and leadoff hitter Jack Hennessy set the table for Catholic as he went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs.

Despite being held to under 10 hits in a game for just the second time in the last 12 games, 16th-ranked Christopher Newport cruised to an 8-5 win at Averett. The Captains won their sixth straight, all on the road, and improved to 14-4 on the season with the win. The dangerous CNU offense was held to just seven singles over nine innings, but scored eight runs with the help of a patient eye at the plate, earning eight walks and one hit-by-pitch. The free passes came back to bite the Cougars, as four of them would come around to score in a game decided by just three runs. 

Rookie Jason Komulainen and senior Kyle Heath each drove in four runs to lead No. 15 Southern Maine to a 13-5 victory over Franklin and Marshall in a non-conference game. The Huskies finished their 10-game Florida trip at .500 with a 5-5 mark. The Diplomats dropped their second straight, and fifth in the last six games, to slide to 5-7-1 overall. Heath went 2 for 2 with a sacrifice fly and a being hit by a pitch in four plate appearances.  Komulainen had a two-run double and knocked in runs with a groundout and a fielder’s choice. Junior Jake Dexter went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles, three runs scored and an RBI.  Classmate Devin Warren and sophomore Andrew Olszak also had a pair of hits and each scored three times. Sophomore right-hander Ryan Worthington earned the win going 4.2 innings in relief of junior starter David Richman.  Worthington allowed two runs on six hits while striking out two.  He did not walk a batter.

No. 4 North Central (Ill.) dropped to 0-4 on its Spring Break trip to Florida over the weekend, losing by a 10-2 count to Keystone on Saturday before a 5-4 setback against Adrian on Sunday. Adrain took a 5-2 advantage to the ninth but the Cardinals and needed every run as the Bulldogs esaped with the one run win.

For the second day in a row No. 21 Johns Hopkins needed extra innings for the second day in a row, and for the second day in a row the Blue Jays fell in extras, this time to Bethel by a score of 6-5 in 12 innings. Austin Ledin had the big hit for the Royals. His home run to left gave Bethel a 6-5 lead and Jake Marsh retired Hopkins in order in the bottom of the inning to secure the victory. 

No. 8 Methodist dropped a 6-5 contest to Pfeiffer at Armstrong-Shelley Field. With the loss, the Monarchs' 10-game winning streak came to an end as they sit at 20-3 on the season. Meanwhile, the Falcons improve to 13-7 overall.  Pfeiffer put up four runs in the second inning and one more to build a 5-0 lead. Methodist chipped away but the lead was too strong to overcome.

No. 9 Roanoke made it nine straight wins with a 8-4, 6-0 sweep of Eastern Mennonite. In game one, Jack Howard had four hits, while Eli Sumpter added three as the Maroons topped Eastern Mennonite 8-4 in the opening game of the doubleheader. Game two was highlighted by Maroon pitching. Roanoke got seven strong innings from starting pitcher Ben West as the Maroons swept the ODAC doubleheader with a 6-0 win over EMU.