CNU, Roanoke stay undefeated in conference

 The CNU offense has now scored 199 runs in
their first 22 games for an average of over nine
runs per game. Hitting .312 as a team, the
Captains have seven regulars hitting .291 or
better this season.
Christopher Newport athletics photo

The Christopher Newport pitching staff struck out 24 batters and senior Craig Johnson led another dominant offensive showing as the nationally-ranked Captains swept St. Mary's (MD) (6-5) on a brisk Saturday afternoon at Captains Park. In game one, Logan Harrelson and Jaret West combined for a three-hit shutout to win 8-0, and in game two Johnson went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run as CNU pulled away for an 11-3 win. On the mound, CNU has lowered their team ERA to 3.15 with 237 strikeouts in 197.0 innings pitched. The Captains have now tossed four shutouts so far this season.

No. 8 Roanoke used a seven-run fifth to key an 8-5 ODAC baseball victory over No. 16 Shenandoah at Bridgeforth Field. Five Maroons had RBIs with Will Smith's pinch hit single brining in the final run of the game. Sean Guida led all batters with three hits, one of which was a double.

The second-ranked Trinity Tigers opened a SCAC weekend series by sweeping a doubleheader at Austin. Trinity opened the doubleheader with a lopsided 26-4 victory, which was shortened to just seven innings due to the run rule. The Tigers finished the day with a 17-9 win over Austin.

Junior Nick Roth pitched seven strong innings in the nightcap with no walks and eight strikeouts as tenth-ranked Randolph-Macon split an ODAC doubleheader with Bridgewater on Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park. The Yellow Jackets (13-3) lost 7-4 to the Eagles (12-8-1) in the opener before posting a 14-2 win in game two. Roth (4-0) scattered six hits and allowed two runs.  On the season, Roth has worked 32 innings with no walks and 26 strikeouts.

Suffolk got an early edge and held onto it to successfully down No. 1 UMass Boston in game two of a twinbill at Monan Park. Suffolk improved to 25-13 all-time versus the Beacons as the Rams defeated their first nationally ranked opponent this season and first since taking down then-No. 25 Arcadia 1-0 in 11 innings at the NCAA DIII New England Regionals May 19, 2017. Umass-Boston won the opener by an identical score 3-1.

In a battle of nationally ranked teams, No. 15 Baldwin Wallace and No 21 Marietta split an OAC doubleheader at Don Schaly Stadium. The Pioneers posted a 4-3 win in the first game and Baldwin Wallace salvaged the split with a 9-2 victory in game two. Marietta is now 10-3 overall and 1-1 in the OAC. The Yellow Jackets move to 14-4 on the season and are also 1-1 in conference play. Pioneer freshman third baseman Damian Yenzi delivered a two-out single down the left field line in the bottom of the eighth driving in Mike Hale with the winning run in the first game. Hale reached on a fielder's choice and stole second to get into scoring position for Yenzi.

Redlands returned home to The Yard to face the Caltech Beavers for a SCIAC doubleheader. The Bulldogs scored at least one run in 12 of the 14 innings played in a pair of 10-0 shortened-game victories. Brendan Gardiner impressed at the plate, going 5-for-8 including a double and a triple. He knocked four RBI and scored three runs on the day

Case Western Reserve's winning streak ended at nine games, as the Spartans split a doubleheader on at home against Ohio Wesleyan, defeating the Battling Bishops 8-0 in the first game before falling 8-3 in the second game. The Spartans moved to 11-2 on the season following the split, while Ohio Wesleyan now stands at 4-7. In the team's home opener, Case Western Reserve junior Mark Gross held Ohio Wesleyan scoreless over eight innings of work, leading the Spartans to their first shutout of the season with an 8-0 victory over the Bishops in the opening contest of the day. Case Western Reserve had its share of chances in the second game of the day, collecting 11 hits and drawing eight walks, but left a total of 15 runners stranded on base in an 8-3 loss to Ohio Wesleyan.

Texas Lutheran completed a doubleheader sweep of Chicago with 8-3 and 8-5 wins at TLU's Katt-Isbel Field. TLU finished off a 3-0 weekend that included a 2-0 shutout over the Maroons on Friday evening. The Bulldogs won their fifth straight game and improved to 20-4 overall. Chicago dropped to 7-6 overall. In the early game Saturday, TLU senior right-hander Nathan Malinovsky took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Malinovsky (5-1) settled for 6 innings of work with three strikeouts, two walks and three hits. Landon Weatherly retired the final batter with runners at first and second. He picked up his second save for the season.