Snow and cold part of Wednesday games

Colin BeVard got on base in all four trips to the
plate for Cortland, scoring three times ina 10-2
win over Cavenovia.
Cortland athletics photo by Darl Zehr

Nationally 10th-ranked Cortland took advantage of eight walks and a season high nine Cazenovia errors as the Red Dragons defeated the visiting Wildcats, 10-2, in a non-league contest. Cortland (17-6) won its ninth straight game despite being out-hit, 8-6. The game was played in cold and windy conditions that included a brief snow squall midway through the contest.

Braving swirling winds and the occasional snow squall, Allegheny used balanced hitting and a pair of strong starts on the mound to earn a convincing sweep of Oberlin in a NCAC doubleheader, topping the Yeomen by scores of 17-2 and 10-2.  With the two victories, the Gators improve to 3-1 in the conference, and 8-11 overall, while the Yeomen drop to 7-15 on the season, and 0-4 in the league. The Gators pounded 13 hits and batted around in three separate innings, while sophomore Nate Pastorek turned in arguably the strongest start of his collegiate career on the mound, to lead Allegheny to the win in the opener. The nightcap followed much of the same recipe as the opener, as Allegheny received a strong start on the mound sophomore lefty Sean Kealey, while the Gator offense broke the game open in the middle innings en-route to the decisive sweep.

Rhodes defeated cross-town rival Christian Brothers University 12-6 after recording 17 hits to improve to 21-10 on the year. Rhodes tallied nine runs in the fourth inning, and led 9-1 on their way to their ninth straight victory in a bullpen day for the Lynx. CBU crossed home in the third inning without earning a hit before the Lynx blew open the game with nine runs on six singles, two doubles and a two-run home run to Ryan Palermo over the right field fence. Rhodes scored two more runs in the fifth after a double, groundout, walk, hit-by-pitch and Will Heurtin single.

No. 1 Trinity Tigers nabbed a 9-5 non-conference road win over Southwestern. The Tigers scored in each of the first four innings, then added three insurance runs at the end of the game to seal the victory. Blake Frampton paced Trinity's offense with a 5-5 performance at the plate. Frampton scored three runs and drove in two more, as well as stealing a pair of bases in the game. Mark Tindall (1-0) picked up the win for the Tigers, pitching 6.0 strong innings of relief. Tindall allowed one run on five hits and struck out 10 batters.

No. 24 Catholic topped neighborhood foe Gallaudet 18-9 on Wednesday afternoon. The Cardinals scored runs in five-of-seven innings with a pair of runs from junior Bailey Lewis, sophomore Connor Sullivan and freshman Keith Campbell. Campbell hit 2-of-2 with two RBIs while senior Brennan Cotter went 2-of-3 and registered a pair of RBIs and a run.

Dawson Shibley started the scoring for the Cru
in the five run eight inning.

UMHB athletics photo by Andy Zavoina

Mary Hardin-Baylor put five runs on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Cru came from behind to post a 6-5 victory over 12th-ranked Texas Lutheran Wednesday night in Belton. UMHB improves to 9-16 on the season with the win. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 21-7 on the year. Jackson Godoy earned his second save on the season with his scoreless ninth inning. Andrew Hutchings earned the win for UMHB to even his record at 2-2 on the year with two innings of scoreless relief work. Max Conway had two of the Cru's seven hits in the win. 

Despite the cold weather, Thomas More scored 27 runs as the Saints swept Chatham in a PAC doubleheader at Kelly Auto Park in Butler, Pennsylvania. The Saints won game one, 14-10, and the nightcap, 13-2, in seven innings. In game one, Thomas More scored two runs in the second, seven in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the eighth, while it held Chatham to three runs in the first, one in the third, one in the fourth, four in the fifth and one in the eighth for the 14-10 victory.The nightcap was called after seven innings as the wind chill at the ballpark fell below 20 degrees.  Thomas More plated two runs in the first, three in the second, two in the fourth, five in the fifth and one in the seventh and held the Cougars to a pair of runs in the seventh for the 13-2 victory.

Hood set a school record with 14 stolen bases in a 10-3 win at Penn St.-Mont Alto in non-conference action. The 15 steals were two more than the 13 the Blazers stole in a game earlier this season. Five different players stole two bases each: Cam Esposito, Dylan Johnson, Jordan Perez, Jordan Patterson and Drake Friend. The Blazers drew 13 walks in the game, one shy of the school record. Jake Howell picked up the win with four innings of relief. He allowed just one hit and a walk, striking out four. Ryan D'Allesandro stared and allowed three runs over four innings, striking out four. Jahlin Jean-Baptiste started the ninth before Bobby Ferguson made his Hood debut for the final out.

After wrapping up the month of March with a pristine 14-0 record, Christopher Newport opened play in April with another win, dropping Southern Virginia (10-12) in Capital Athletic Conference action, 14-7. Including Wednesday's win over the Knights, nationally-ranked CNU has done the bulk of it's damage away from home, winning 12 games during it's current 15-game winning streak away from home. Christopher Newport improved to 23-4 overall with a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play. During the win, CNU smacked four home runs to take over the national lead in long balls with 30 blasts on the year, including Brandon Ginch's team-leading seventh of the season with a two-run dinger in the first inning. Seth Woodard added his sixth, Austin Henry his second, and sophomore shortstop Nick DiNapoli cleared the fence for the first time in his career.