Hilbert gets first win over ranked competition

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Hilbert's 11-9 win over No. 19 La Roche is the
first for the Hilbert program.
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After a quick change in game date and site location was determined, the Hilbert Hawks traveled down to #19 La Roche this Friday morning in order to play preseason favorites in an AMCC doubleheader. The Hawks battled hard in the opening game before they suffered a 5-2 seven-inning defeat. But Hilbert rebounded in the nightcap as they grabbed an 11-9 victory and the program's first victory against a ranked team. Treyton delaCuesta went 3-for-5, scored two runs with 2RBI while Connor Duck knocked in four runs going 2-for 5 in the win. Mathew Sokolski (2) led four other Hawks who combined for six stolen bases in the night cap. Henry Bowers earned his first win of the season and Derek Switzer picked up the save going 3.1 innings of work.

Stockton recorded the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to humble Rowan, 3-2 in a NJAC game on Friday. The Profs have a 16-3 record and they are 2-2 in the conference. The Ospreys are 4-12 overall with a 1-3 NJAC mark. Rowan is ranked first in the American Baseball Coaches Association rankings and second in the D3baseball.com Top 25. The score was even at two entering the ninth. Catcher David Mann reached on a fielder's choice and there was one out. Mann advanced to second on a walk and went to third on a wild pitch. After another walk loaded the bases, second baseman Mike DeSenzo hit a sacrifice fly to right field and Mann came home to put Stockton ahead 3-2. Rowan put a runner on with two outs but a strikeout ended the contest.

On Friday the Maritime baseball team picked up a pair of wins, knocking off the Staten Island Dolphins on the Reinhart Baseball Field. The Privateers picked up the win in game one by a score of 15-3, before dropping the Dolphins in game two by the score of 6-2. Maritime was led on the hill by its starters as freshman Dylan Clausen got the start in game one and went six innings as he struck out 10 batters and allowed just two runs on three hits over his outing. Junior A.J. Ammirati got the start in game two and scattered five hits while allowing two runs to go along with six strikeouts.

Pinch runner Eric Munsey reached home on an error and the La Verne Leopards walked off with a 7-6 win over No. 15 Redlands at Ben Hines Field. The Leopards improve to 10-3 in SCIAC play and 19-10 overall. Redlands drops to 12-4 in the SCIAC and 24-8 overall. This is the Leopards' fourth win over a ranked opponent this season. The Leopards opened SCIAC play with a pair of wins over then No. 2 Cal Lutheran and later beat the No. 8 Centenary 9-7. With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, left fielder Aaron Fong stepped up to the plate and hit a chopper ground ball to third. Redlands third baseman Brendan Gardiner charged the ball but misplayed it, sending the winning run across the plate.

Nothing was settled between the two top MAC Commonwealth teams as Alvernia (17-7, 9-2) split a doubleheader at Arcadia (13-7, 5-2) Friday afternoon. The Knights took the opener 4-2, and Alvernia responded with runs in each of the last four innings in a 9-4 win in game two. John Catchmark went four innings in game two with five strikeouts for the win and Zack Landy threw the final three innings with three strikeouts to earn the save. Nick Cardace led the charge for the Scarlet and Grey, going 2-for-3 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored in the night cap.

Hood's Nathan Kessler had a home run among his three hits to lead the Blazers past Albright 9-5 in the opening game of the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth series between the two teams. Hood tied the school record for victories in a season with 20, set last year. The Blazers improved to 6-4 in the MAC Commonwealth. Kessler went 3 for 4 with a home run and a stolen base. Dylan Johnson had three hits and drove in two. Nate Luscombe picked up his fifth win of the season.

No. 18 ranked Spalding stormed back from an
eight-run deficit to top Greenville, 13-12, in
game one of Friday's doubleheader at Derby
City Field. Spalding completed the sweep with
a 11-1 win in the night cap.

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Elizabethtown salvaged a split with 24th-ranked Catholic, after breaking out for 18 runs in game two of a Landmark Conference doubleheader. The host Cardinals protected an early five-run lead to win game one, 9-4, but the Jays answered in a big way, claiming game two, 18-4. The Cardinals came out swinging in the series opener and never looked back from a five-run first inning. Whatever frustrations the Blue Jays had from game one were exhausted in the nightcap. Colby Smith and Brennan Snyder each had four hits and Elizabethtown scored 11 of the first 12 runs in its second-highest scoring game of the season.

Keystone survived a pair of nail-biters today in its CSAC opener against Cabrini. In the opener, senior pitcher Troy Terzi limited the Cavaliers to four hits and the Giants overcame a 1-0 deficit with a run in each of the final two innings to pull out a 2-1 victory.  In the second game, Cabrini erased an early 3-0 deficit before the Giants scored a run in the top of the eighth inning to squeeze out a 4-3 win.

No. 21st-ranked Frostburg State rallied for a 7-6 game one victory and mashed 17 hits in a 26-10 game two win over Wesley in CAC play at Fireman's Field. Frostburg (15-6, 3-3 CAC) set a season-high in scoring with 26 runs in the nightcap while Wesley (7-14, 1-6 CAC) has lost eight of its last nine games. Senior pitcher Dan Richardson notched his first win of the season in game one before senior Greg Schneider collected his team-leading fifth win of the season in the nightcap, a mark that ties for second in the league. Senior Kyle Burger collected his second five-hit game of the year in game two, tying a single-game school record once again.

Penn State Berks opened up NEAC play with a sweep on the road over Gallaudet at Hoy Field. The Nittany Lions overcame an early deficit for an 11-6 in the first game, before winning 3-2 in the nightcap which was called in eight innings due to darkness. Berks pulled to .500 on the season at 7-7 and starts out league play 2-0, while the Bison drop to 3-19-1 overall and 0-2 in the NEAC.

No. 11 Methodist swept a doubleheader with Averett at Owen-Fulton Field. The Monarchs (24-7, 13-3 USA South) used a go-ahead home run by Tucker Criswell in the top of the ninth inning to take a 7-6 win in game one before dropping the Cougars (10-26, 4-13) 12-4 in the night cap.

Junior shortstop Nick LoGatto unleashed a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie and New Jersey City completed a sweep of a two-day home-and-home NJAC series with Rutgers-Newark, winning 7-5, at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium. With the win, the Gothic Knights improve to 12-5 overall and at 3-1 in the NJAC are off to their best start to conference play in 26 years. NJCU was last 3-1 back in 1992 when it opened the year 6-1 in the league. NJCU kept rolling, winning for the seventh time in eight games. Of its five losses this season, three are by one run, another came in 10 innings, and the fifth was in Florida after the team played three games in 18 hours. NJCU and Rutgers-Newark (6-14, 0-4 NJAC) each had eight hits in the game. The Scarlet Raiders stranded 13 men on base in the game. LoGatto was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and one run scored, smashing his third homer of the season while stealing his 12th base in 12 tries.

Lancaster Bible opened NEAC play with a loss in game one to Penn St. Abington at Charger Field, 19-9, but rebounded in game two, and hold an 11-2 lead in a game that was suspended due to darkness in the seventh inning. For now, the Chargers' record stands at 10-6 overall and 0-1 in NEAC play, while the Nittany Lions are 9-7 overall and 1-0 in conference action. As of Friday night, there is not a date to complete the suspended game two.

Belhaven won just their eighth game of the
season on Friday.

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Belhaven split the first two games of the series against the Louisiana College Wildcats in ASC play. The Blazers fell in game one on Friday by a final score of 2-0 then bounced back in game two, winning 7-0 in a dominating performance all around.

Senior Austin Unglaub drove home the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Ramapo came back to defeat NJAC rival Kean 6-5 at Jeff Maund Field. The Roadrunners improve to 15-8 overall, 2-2 in the NJAC while the Cougars drop to 11-14 overall and 2-2 in the conference. Kevin Stewart started on the mound for the Roadrunners earning a no-decision in the game with two strikeouts, three walks while he surrendered three runs and seven hits over the first 4.1 innings of work. Greg Westhelle came in for relief in the fifth inning and worked 3.1 innings. He struck out two, did not walk a batter while he surrendered three hits and two runs. Kevin Foulds (1-2) earned the win in relief. He struck out one, walked two and gave up only one hit in the final 1.1 innings of work.

Junior Donny Gherardi capped a three-run, seventh-inning rally with a two-out, walk-off double as Stevens came-from-behind to stun visiting Houghton 6-5 in an Empire 8 Conference game Dobbelaar Field. Trailing 5-3 entering the final frame, freshman Thomas Paulich began the comeback with a leadoff double against Caleb Philips and ended it as Gherardi drove Victor Cavalieri's pitch well over the head of David Wessells in center to score Hamill and Zuckerman with the tying and winning runs. The dugout emptied and celebrated with the junior outfielder who delivered Stevens' third walk-off win of the season.

Rutgers-Camden aced a huge test in the rugged NJAC over the past two days, and as a result, the Scarlet Raptors remain the lone undefeated team in the NJAC. Senior righty Carter Fichter tossed a six-hit shutout over nationally-ranked TCNJ as Rutgers-Camden edged the Lions, 1-0. The win comes on the heels of a 3-1 victory over TCNJ in Camden on Thursday, lifting the Scarlet Raptors to 12-5 overall and 4-0 in the NJAC. Rutgers-Camden has won eight straight games, tying the program's second-longest winning streak ever, set in 2005 and tied again on April 19-29, 2014. The longest winning streak in program history is 17, coming in the first 17 games of the 2002 season. The win also moved the Raptors to within two victories of their longest NJAC winning streak, a mark they could tie if they can sweep Rutgers-Newark in a doubleheader Saturday in Newark. The Scarlet Raptors had six-game NJAC winning streaks in both 2002 and 2003. They also won five straight NJAC games on five occasions.

No. 22 Shenandoah rode the long ball to an ODAC doubleheader sweep over Emory and Henry. Shenandoah (18-6, 8-3 ODAC) was a 19-2 winner in the opener before finishing off the sweep over the Wasps (9-12, 2-10) with an 18-3 victory in the nightcap. The Hornets hit eight home runs in the two games after having come into the game with just seven on the season. Three players: Nick Goode, Luke Nussman and Grant Thompson, hit dingers in both contests and 17 of the 18 starters hit safely on the day. Senior Colin Morse and junior Robert Klinchock benefitted from the offensive onslaught to grab mound victories. Morse (4-2) went 8.0 innings in game one, allowing only one hit and three walks while striking out seven. The Wasps also hit comebackers to Morse on five occasions. Klinchock (3-2) went the first 6 2/3 innings of game two, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks against two strikeouts.