Buena Vista opens home slate with a sweep

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Casey Bake and the rest of the Marymount
squad never trailed in their monday win over
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Freshman Casey Baker launched his first collegiate home run, a three-run bomb in the fourth inning, to blow open the Marymount baseball lead against Hampden-Sydney on Monday afternoon, taking the 11-5 victory for its third-straight win. Baker paced an offense that put up 11 runs on 13 hits with two hits on five at-bats for four RBI and two runs. Senior Kaden Darrow came through with three hits and freshman James DiGiulian added two hits, while each finished with two runs and a RBI. 

Buena Vista scored nine times in the fourth inning of Monday afternoon's home opener against Nebraska Wesleyan en route to a 13-3 (7 inn.) before scoring on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth in game two for a thrilling 2-1 walk-off victory.

Oswego State defeated SUNY Canton in both games of their doubleheader, extending its win streak to eight games. During game one, a big fourth inning propelled the Lakers to a 6-1 win. In the second game, Oswego's bats came alive late to lift the team to an 8-4 win. With the victories, Oswego improves to 13-5 on the season, while Canton falls to 4-14.

No. 18 Marietta swept an OAC doubleheader at Heidelberg in Peaceful Valley. The Pioneers won game one, 6-1, and then posted a 6-2 victory in the nightcap. Senior Scott Oberhelman (2-1) threw 7.0 strong innings to get his second win of the season. He scattered five hits and allowed one run while striking out five Berg hitters. David Stover retired six of the seven batters he faced in the final 2.0 innings including a pair of strikeouts. Michael Barnabei (2-0) got the game two win with 4.0 innings of shutout relief. Ian Luttrell started and worked 5.0 innings. He gave up two runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

David Throw struck out eight over 6.1 innings to earn his second collegiate win, Mason Diederich recorded the final two outs for his third career save and Sean Green delivered the go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning to send Eureka to a 5-3 SLIAC win over Principia in the opener of a league doubleheader in Chillicothe, Ill. The Panthers broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning of the nightcap en route to a 1-0 win. The game-one win marked the first league triumph for first-year head coach Jerry Rashid. Monday's games were moved to nearby Chillicothe, Ill. after Sunday snowfall made Henry Sand Field unplayable in Eureka.

Joe White went-3-for-4, with four RBI, including hitting his second home run of the year and pitcher Brock Riley improved to 4-0 on the season as Salem State held off Tufts 7-5 at the Central Campus Baseball Field. Riley pitched six innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with five strikeouts to remain unbeaten on the year.

Albion salvaged a game in the MIAA series with Alma , taking a 13-5 decision in the nightcap of the Monday games played at Champions Stadium. Andrew Fabry (2-1) gave the Britons a lift by throwing 6.2 scoreless innings of relief. He allowed just two hits, a third inning single to Ben Finzel and an eighth inning single to Matt Minaudo. Fabry matched his season-high with seven strikeouts. Alma and Albion are both 4-4 in the MIAA and are tied for fourth place.

Junior closer Will Bryant became Endicott's
all-time saves leader on Monday evening.

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Endicott defeated Suffolk, 3-2, at North Field. Will Ferreira earned the win in relief on three innings of work, one hit, no runs, two walks and a pair of strikeouts, while Will Bryant closed out the ninth for his fifth save this season and program record 12th of his career. Bryant's record-breaking save did not come without drama, however, as the junior closer received some stellar defense in the frame to keep Suffolk from tying the game. With a runner on third and one out, Endicott third baseman Jacob Thibault gunned down the would-be tying run at the plate after he backhanded a low groundball off the bat of Steven Shamnoski and fired a strike to Gulls' catcher Brendan McDonald who then blocked the plate perfectly and applied a clean tag on Nik San Antonio for the second out of the inning. Bryant followed by giving up a single to left field, but worked around the first-and-second, two-out situation with a groundout to lock up the 3-2 win, and become the program's all-time saves leader.

Penn State Behrend picked up a sweep over Bethany, winning 9-2 in game one followed by a 6-3 victory in game two. After the Bisons (4-13) scored runs in each of the first two innings, the Lions (9-8) held them off the board for the remainder of the opener. In game two, Behrend's four-run third inning gave them the edge needed to defeat Bethany for the second time.

Benedictine opened the home and conference portion of the schedule with a sweep of Wisconsin Lutheran, 7-2 and 2-0. The Eagles fell behind early but a three run fourth got them the lead and a four run seventh made the win inevitable. In game two, Ryam Miller was sharp on the mound as the Eagles shutout Wisconsin Lutheran.

Freshmen Max Gaishin and Ted Eppinga stepped to the mound and made the pitches the Hope College baseball team needed for a sweep of Olivet. The Flying Dutchmen won the makeup doubleheader 4-0 and 7-2 at Boeve Stadium and moved into a tie for second place in the MIAA standings. Gaishin and Eppenga both threw six scoreless innings. The Flying Dutchmen took the four-game series with three wins while improving to 5-3 in MIAA play and 7-11 overall.

Saint Joseph's (Maine) (12-5) swept a non-conference baseball doubleheader with UMaine-Farmington (4-7) at Larry Mahaney Diamond. The Monks defeated the Beavers 6-5 and 5-0 and have now won eight-consecutive games. Sophomore starter Luke Klenda picked up his first win of the season after allowing three runs (one earned) off six hits and a walk with three K's in four innings in the opener. The Monks' pitching staff set the tone in the nightcap, as three hurlers combined to allow three hits and one walk while fanning 13 batters in a dominant effort.