W&J wins keep the Presidents atop the PAC standings

With two rockets in the electric city, senior 
Brennan Cotter became Catholic single-season
home run (9) leader as the Cardinals took two
victories over Scranton on Saturday afternoon.

Catholic athletics photo

Ben Burman had a pair of hits in each game and Cole Luzins hit a home run in game one as  Susquehanna split a doubleheader with Juniata Saturday afternoon in Huntingdon. The two teams will complete the three-game Landmark Conference series Sunday. Cole Luzins' home run broke a scoreless tie in game one as the Crusaders' booked the shutout win. Juniata score early and late to take the nightcap.

Junior Corey Martinez hurled a 90-pitch complete-game shutout as the Pioneers dominated the opener, 13-0, but William Paterson (18-9, 6-4 NJAC) saw its six-game baseball win streak snapped by Kean (15-16, 6-4 NJAC) in the night cap, 5-1.

Manhattanville split a MAC Freedom doubleheader with Wilkes, taking the first game 5-4 to earn a win in the three-game conference series, following a 16-15 win yesterday, before dropping the series finale 13-6. Graduate student Chris Conklin finished the day 3-for-4 with four walks; the super utility man got the nod to start the first game on the mound and earned his first win of the season, pitching a season-best six innings; freshman Luke Shaffer and senior Nick Campana added two hits each in the win. Junior Luke Scoggins went 2-for-4 with two RBI's in game two, while freshman Hathaway Roper posted his first collegiate multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4.

K was a letter heard 16 times with Texas-Tyler starter Simon Sedillo striking out 12 and reliever Chris Stodolka fanning four more to lead the Patriots to an 8-3 win over Louisiana College in the second game of an ASC doubleheader after the Wildcats had won a 5-3 decision in the opener at Irwin Field. UTT improved to 21-11 overall and to 11-6 in ASC going into Sunday's 1 p.m. series finale. The 16 combined strikeouts by Sedillo and Stodolka tied the program's fourth most in a single game.

La Verne finished the day with 28 hits and outscored Pomona-Pitzer 28-4 on its way to completing its sweep of the Sagehens at Ben Hines Field. The Leopards and Sagehens were tied for second place going into this weekend's games. With the sweep, the Leopards move to 23-11 overall and 14-4 in the SCIAC to take control of second place. La Verne only trails Redlands in the conference standings. The Bulldogs, who have played one more SCIAC series than the Leopards, currently have a 16-5 conference record. The Sagehens fall to 20-12 overall and 11-7 in the SCIAC. The Leopards have won four in a row and seven of their last eight games. La Verne has not lost a SCIAC series this season.

Eastern wrapped up a successful week with a doubleheader split to claim the team's series with Delaware Valley. After dropping the opener 7-3, the Eastern offense came back to life with an 8-4 win in the nightcap. Timmy Gorton had four hits to tie Angelo Kelly for the program record with 197 in his career. Gorton had a homer, and two doubles in matching Kelly's milestone. Christian Shissler picked up his third win of the year with a strong outing in game two. The rookie scattered four hits and struck out seven while allowing only two runs in six innings. Tommy Strazza came on to work out of a jam in the seventh to earn the save.

Coast Guard scored six runs in the eighth inning of the opener and sophomore Brett Sullivan fired his first career shutout in the nightcap as the Bears swept a NEWMAC doubleheader from WPI 7-2 and 4-0. Coast Guard snapped an 11-game losing streak and won its first NEWMAC game of the season with the game one win and the Bears are now 8-15 overall and 2-10 in the conference while WPI drops to 11-17 overall and 3-11 in the NEWMAC.

Ryan Sciullo's triple in game two was the 18th
of his career, tying Josh Staniscia for the most
triples in program history.

W&J athletics photo by Martin Santek

Washington & Jefferson used 27 hits to score 27 runs in sweeping the first-ever Presidents' Athletic Conference doubleheader against Chatham at Ross Memorial Park. With the victories, the Presidents improve to 9-1 in the league, while increasing their overall record 17-9-1. In total, 12 different players had at least one hit between the two games for the W&J offense as the Presidents have scored double-digit runs nine times this season, including four straight games. W&J has also tallied 10 or more hits 15 times, including 10 of the last 11 games and four consecutive contests.

Senior John Floegel tossed a four-hit shutout in game one to help Babson split Saturday's NEWMAC doubleheader with visiting MIT. The Beavers took the opener 6-0 before the Engineers followed with an 8-1 victory in game two. Babson, which took two of three games in the series, is 20-9 overall and holds a half-game lead over MIT at 10-3 in league play. The Engineers improved to 14-8 overall and 9-3 in the NEWMAC with their game-two win.

Westfield State split a doubleheader against Salem State in MASCAC. Westfield State defeated Salem State University in game one of the doubleheader by a score of 10-8, while the Vikings bounced back to win the nightcap, 6-0. Westfield State is now 13-13-1 on the season, with Salem standing at 14-11.  Both teams are 3-3 in the MASCAC.

Junior 1B Johnny Stamatis went 5-for-9 with four runs, two doubles, and two stolen bases to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 13-1, 6-3 doubleheader sweep against the Colby College Mules in NESCAC East Division action this afternoon. Trinity improves to 12-10 overall and take a commanding lead in the division with a 7-2 mark in the NESCAC East.  Colby falls to 4-15 overall and 1-5 in the division.  Trinity returns to action on Tuesday, April 17 at Mitchell, which is currently ranked No. 4 in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll.

Austin split its crucial doubleheader against Southwestern, falling 25-7 in game one before bouncing back with a much needed 12-2 game two victory. The 'Roos are now 12-12 overall and 5-6 in SCAC game. Each team had a big fourth inning in their win. Southwestern scored 16 in game one and Austin added eight in game two. The 'Roos and Pirates will meet once more tomorrow in what could determine the final seed in the SCAC Tournament, with Austin currently holding a slight lead in the standings over Southwestern, which is 6-8 in conference play.

King's College picked up a much-needed doubleheader sweep of host FDU-Florham in Madison, N.J.  The victories enabled the Monarchs to win all three games in the weekend series against the Devils. The Monarchs won the opener 9-3 before taking the nightcap 5-1 to improve to 13-13 overall and 6-8 in MAC Freedom games. FDU-Florham, meanwhile, slipped to 12-14 and 2-9.

Stockton received a brilliant pitching performance in game one before New Jersey City University senior left-handed pitcher Kyle Kafer has his own impressive complete-game effort in game two in a NJAC doubleheader split. Stockton (6-16, 3-7 NJAC) won the opener, 7-0, before NJCU (15-10, 5-5 NJAC) took game two, 7-2. The story of game one was simple: Stockton 6-foot-6 junior right-handed pitcher Ray Hughes threw a 161-pitch complete-game four-hit shutout of the Gothic Knights. It was the first time this year NJCU has been shutout. While he was wild (eight walks), he struck out 10 over 9.0 innings, to improve to 3-2. Kafer also improved to 3-2 by winning the nightcap in his first career complete game. In 9.0 innings he struck out four, walked three and allowed just two runs against 11 hits. The Knights have won 15 or more games in four consecutive years under seventh-year head coach Jerry Smith and five times in the last six seasons. Prior to Smith taking over the program in 2012, NJCU had won 15 games or more games just 13 times in its history.

Hood won a pair of one-run games to sweep a Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth doubleheader from visiting Lebanon Valley. The Blazers held on for a 4-3 win in the opener, then walked off with a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.  Alex Staton had three total hits and stole two bases. Cam Esposito also tallied three hits. Jake Howell picked up a save in the first game, then was credited with the win in the second game.

Winners of six of its last eight, Whitman entered the weekend looking to lock up a spot in the Northwest Conference's four-team postseason tournament with one win in a three-game set. Host Linfield made the Blues' future a little dicier with the Wildcats' 6-3 and 10-0 doubleheader sweep of Whitman on Saturday at Roy Helser Field. The Blues (18-19, 12-11 NWC) are still in fourth place within the league standings, and a win Sunday over Linfield (21-14, 15-8) in the regular-season finale would lock up that playoff spot. Meanwhile, Saturday's sweep locked the Wildcats in as the second seed for the tournament.