Top teams win, back end of Top 25 get losses

Cortland's Justin Teague drove in six runs in a
doubleheader with Plattsburg State, including a
grand slam in the first inning of game two.
Cortland athletics photo by Darl Zehr Photography

Nationally 12th-ranked Cortland outscored Plattsburgh 19-1 in a doubleheader sweep in its home opening afternoon at Wallace Field. The Red Dragons won the nine-inning opener, 8-1, before racing to an 11-0 victory in the seven-inning contest. Cortland heads into the series finale against Plattsburgh on Monday at 1 p.m. with a 4-1 SUNYAC record, and improves to 11-6 overall. Matthew Personius was 4-for-6 on the day with three RBI and four runs scored as he reached base three times in game one and twice more in game two, and Justin Teague had six RBI with a grand slam and two runs scored for the Red Dragons.

Sophomore starting pitcher Gage Feeney combined with two relievers to throw a three-hitter as Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Nichols Bison 5-2 in a non-conference game at the New England Baseball Complex. The win was the second straight for the Huskies and improved their overall mark to 6-5.  The Bison, winners in their previous two games, dropped to 5-8 overall. Feeney allowed just one hit and no walks over seven innings.  He struck out two.  The Bison reached Feeney for a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning without the benefit of a hit to close the gap to 5-2.  The only hit Feeney surrendered was to the leadoff hitter, senior Chris Anderson, in the first inning.  After Anderson’s hit, Feeney retired 13 in a row until hitting junior Michael Carmody with a pitch in the fifth.  Feeney retired the last eight batters he faced.

Trinity (Texas) finished off a SCAC weekend series sweep with a 12-2 road win over Austin. Trinity continued its prolific offensive weekend with 12 more runs on 12 hits – including eight extra-base hits in the game.The Tigers started fairly quietly with a single run in the top of the first, but the offense scored three more times in the second and twice in the third to take a 6-0 lead after the first third of the game. Austin broke up the shutout with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but Trinity hit back with two more runs in the fifth to push the lead to 8-1. The Roos scored their last run of the game in the fifth. Trinity picked up the scoring again with a run in the seventh, then scored three times in the eighth to set up the run rule to end the game.

No. 21 Marietta played two games on Sunday afternoon against two different teams winning the first and losing the second. The Pioneers defeated No. 25 La Roche, 7-6, in 10 innings and then lost to Thomas More College, 10-3, in the second game. Thomas More scored two in the first, two in the third, five in the fifth and one in the eighth and held Marietta to one run in the first, third and sixth inning for the 10-3 victory. First-year pitcher Jordan Houze kept the Pioneer batters in check has he pitched a complete game and gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and struck out four for the win.

Senior Eric Willis gave the Knights a lead in
both games Sunday.

Warthburg athletics photo

Wartburg (9-5) won two games Sunday, as it defeated Rose-Hulman 3-0 and upset No. 22 Webster 3-1. Against Rose-Hulman, the game was scoreless until the third inning. Senior Eric Willis scored on a bases loaded walk to give the Knights the 1-0 lead which was enough for Benjamin Milewski. Milewski did not allow a baserunner past second until the sixth, finishing with a career-high 6.0 innings and five strikeouts to earn the win. Senior Austin Bohling was credited with the save. The No. 22 Gorloks took the 1-0 lead in the second  but was short-lived as Willis gave Wartburg the 2-1 lead in the third on his two-run homer over the left field fence. Senior Tanner Eckhart pitched 7.0 innings and fanned six to earn the win. Classmate Chris Tomkins earned the save. Webster went on to a 4-1 loss to Rose-Hulman in the evening.

Ninth-ranked Frostburg State up an early lead and held on late for a narrow 10-8 triumph over Gallaudet at Hoy Field.  Frostburg (12-3) is now 5-1 in games played on Sunday this season and have outscored Gallaudet (3-15-1) 71-41 over the last eight meetings.  The Bison had the tying run at second in the ninth, but junior Mike Livingston closed out the game for Frostburg. Three different Bobcats posted multiple hits at the plate.

Drew (11-4) closed out a series win over 14th-ranked Catholic (15-3) with a 10-8, 11-inning victory at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. Brent Lincoln hit the go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th, as the Rangers improved to 3-1 in extra-inning games this season. After each side went down in order in the 10th, Lincoln homered leading off the 11th and Matthew Lange was hit by a pitch, giving the Rangers an insurance tally. With his team now leading 8-6, Brandon Radd came out of the Drew bullpen to pitch the bottom of the 11th. He gave up a leadoff single, but retired the next three hitters to close out the Rangers' first series win over Catholic in Washington since joining the conference.

Case Western Reserve University, ranked 18th in Division III, bounced back from a loss on Saturday with a dominating performance on the road on Sunday, sweeping a doubleheader against Ohio Wesleyan University with an 11-1 win in the first game of the day and a 5-3 victory in game two at Littick Field in Delaware, Ohio. The Spartans have now won 11 of their last 12 games and improved to 13-2 overall on the season.  Ohio Wesleyan dropped to 4-9 with the loss.

No. 8 Roanoke ran its winning streak to 12 games with a 14-3 win over No. 16 Shenandoah that also secured an ODAC series sweep over the Hornets. Will Salva finished with four hits for the maroons, while Dean Hermanson had three. Ben West (4-1) earned the win with five innings of two-hit ball.  West and company accounted for eight walks to the Hornets but Shenandoah could not find the big hit, nor keep Roanoke from theirs.