Gorton sets hit mark, UMB wins in extras

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Timmy Gorton set the program hit mark as
Eastern picked up a 9-6 win over the visiting
Wesley. Gorton, a senior catcher, picked up his
198th career hit to set the record on a single in
the fifth. He added a 2-run homer in the eighth
move himself into position to be Eastern's first
200-hit player.
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Senior Sal Frosceno delivered the game-winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the UMass-Beacons a 4-3 victory over the visiting Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference game Tuesday afternoon at Monan Park. The win was the 12th straight for the #5/#6 ranked Beacons who improved to 23-5 overall and remain unbeaten in Little East Conference play at 7-0.  The #23/#28 Huskies had their nine-game winning streak stopped by the loss and fall to 16-7 overall and 5-2 in the conference.  UMB and USM were ranked one-two respectively in this week's NEIBA Division III poll.

No. 3 ranked UW-Whitewater put together two complete performances to defeat Illinois Tech in back-to-back contests in a WIAC doubleheader at Cougar Stadium in Chicago, Ill. The Warhawks (17-3 overall, 9-1 WIAC) shut out the Scarlet Hawks 7-0 in the opener before taking the nightcap by a 7-1 score. In Game 1, senior Austin Jones tossed seven shutout innings, allowing only five hits and no walks while striking out seven to improve to 4-0 on the season. Junior Michael Kaska allowed one unearned run and scattered six hits over five innings to push his record to 5-1 on the year.

Swarthmore compiled five home runs in a 13-12 walk-off win over Ursinus.
Junior Jackson Roberts hit three home runs, becoming the first Swarthmore player to do that in a game since Mike Cameron '12 in 2009. Roberts now has four homers this season and leads the Centennial Conference with a .421 batting average and a .674 slugging percentage. Against the Bears (9-14-1 overall, 4-6-1), the Garnet (22-7, 9-2) were down two going into the bottom of the ninth. A bases-loaded single by Swarthmore sophomore AJ Liu tied it, and an RBI single from sophomore Holden Bridge scored senior Matt Palmer as the game-winning run. Sixth-year head coach Matt Midkiff has tied his career high in single-season wins at Swarthmore.

Sophomore Jack Arend went 4-4 at the plate with a triple and four runs batted in to lead Bates to a 9-1 win at Hamilton Tuesday afternoon. Arend scored a pair of runs and drew a walk as well in the victory. Senior Connor Speed tossed five innings of shutout ball to earn his first win of the year.

Thomas More swept Grove City in a Presidents' Athletic Conference doubleheader at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.  The Saints won game one, 7-6, in 11 innings and 12-2 in the nightcap. With the sweep, the Saints improve to 12-13 overall and 8-4 in the PAC, while the Wolverines fall to 11-13 overall and 5-5 in the PAC. Leadoff batter, Ben Laumann, led the Saints with five hits, three runs scored and five RBIs on the day.

Curry pounded out 14 hits en route to a 10-2 victory over visiting Becker on Tuesday afternoon at the Jack Vallely Diamond. The win sends the Colonels to 8-10 while the Hawks slip to 7-19 overall. Michael Moreau led the Colonels with a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate. Justin Cage had a huge day going 2-for-4 with four RBI's and three runs scored.

Senior Matt Cook  batted 3-for-5 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored to lead Wheaton to an 8-1 triumph over WPI in a NEWMAC contest Tuesday afternoon at Sidell Stadium. Chris Rucocco also had three hits for Wheaton to go with a pair by sophomore Nick Raposo, Willie Boyd and Jimmy Gianquitti.

Saint Joseph's (ME) (19-7) scored three runs in the top of the ninth to defeat Endicott (17-7), 6-3, in a non-conference contest. With two on and two out in the top of the ninth, senior center fielder Chris Gerossie broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run triple to deep center and later scored on a wild pitch to make it a 6-3 game.

Nick Bay picked up the win in game one as
Virginia Wesleyan swept Methodist on Tuesday.

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Virginia Wesleyan earned two victories against #17 Methodist on the road. The squad took down the Monarchs, 6-4, in game one and sealed up a 12-4 victory in game two. With the wins, the Marlins go to 22-10 on the year while Methodist goes to 27-11.

Trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Johns Hopkins scored five runs to take a 6-3 lead on Franklin & Marshall, and after the Dips scored twice in the top of the ninth, Jack Bunting came in to seal the 6-5 win for the Blue Jays. This was the first win for JHU this season when trailing heading into the eighth and Hopkin is now 6-6 in one-run games. The Blue Jays are now 66-36-1 against Franklin & Marshall all-time and have won last eight meetings. The Diplomats have not won in Baltimore since May 5, 2013.

No. 22-ranked Franklin opened a six-game homestand on Tuesday afternoon, taking on Rose-Hulman in a pair of important HCAC contests. The Grizzlies (24-2, 9-1 HCAC) made it five consecutive wins, sweeping the Engineers (10-19, 5-6 HCAC). Game one saw the Grizzlies jump out to an early lead before pulling away late for a 10-2 win. Rose-Hulman jumped out to a three-run lead early in the night cap before the Grizzly bats came alive in a 5-3 victory to polish off the sweep. Sophomore Ryan Bixler went 3-for-8 on the afternoon with three home runs, including the go-ahead three-run blast in game two. One day after earning his first HCAC Player of the Week award, Nick Wright led all Franklin players with four hits on the day.

Bryce Aldridge ripped a two-out single to right center in the bottom of the eighth inning to drive in two runs to complete a come-from-behind win for the Wabash baseball team in a 10-8 victory over Ohio Wesleyan. The visiting Battling Bishops won the opening game of the doubleheader 8-5 to earn a split in the North Coast Athletic Conference series between the two teams.

Sophomore Tanner Hobbs got the final two outs with the bases loaded to preserve Guilford's 5-3 baseball win over Piedmont International University Tuesday night. The sophomore's first Guilford save gave the Quakers (17-15-1) a sweep of Tuesday's nonleague twinbill after the visitors posted a 10-6 opening-game win at Nick Mando Field in Rich Park. Guilford has won seven of its last nine games.

Carlo Francisco's three hits made him the
all-time leader in Lehman history with 139.

Lehman athletics photo.

The Lehman slugged 15 hits in a 10-9, 10-inning victory against Montclair State in a game played on Tuesday in New Jersey.  Julius Puryear and Carlo Francisco led the team with three hits apiece.  Francisco's three hits made him the all-time leader in Lehman College history with 139.

CJ Edmond went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs and the Covenant baseball team defeated Birmingham Southern, 7-6, on Lookout Mountain. The win for Covenant (13-22) snapped an eight-game losing streak to Birmingham Southern. The Scots had not beaten the Panthers since 2011, the first meeting between the programs. Edmond, named to the All-USA South honorable mention team last week, hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Scots a 3-1 lead. He then added a two-run single in the fifth inning that tied the game at 6-6. The sophomore also scored two runs.

North Central improved to 9-1 in CCIW play, prevailing 15-9 over Augustana in an ugly affair at Zimmerman Stadium. The two teams combined for 26 runs, 28 hits, 10 errors, 15 base on balls, while leaving a combined 21 runners on base on the afternoon as each team used five pitchers over the nine-inning contest. Regrouping after the Vikings tied the game in the eighth, Michael Mateja sparked a Cardinal rally in the bottom half of the frame with a leadoff bunt single. On what looked to be a double play ball off the bat of John Carmody, the Viking first baseman threw the ball away in the attempt to nab Mateja at second, while Colin Weilbacher reached on another error a few pitches later, allowing Mateja to come around and score.

It took extra innings in the first game for Loras to beat Coe , but the Kohawks bounced back in the nightcap to pitch a shutout and take the series from the Duhawks. Issac Evans led the Kohawks with three hits, while Jordan Kaplan added a pair. With Kaplan reaching base in both games, he has now reached base in 21-straight games.

In a rematch of the 11-4 victory from earlier in the season, East Texas Baptist won a much closer affair against Centenary (La.) with the final score of 7-5. ETBU is currently 19-15 overall with the win heading into their next series later this week. Jeremy Bateman and Mason Aldredge each had two hits and an RBI while Landen Barns and Seth Mikeska led everyone with two RBI each. ETBU used nine pitchers in the game with Zackary Pierce starting. But it was Chad Boudreaux who was credited with the win by pitching just two-thirds of scoreless ball allowing one hit and striking out two. Call Florence picked up save number five on the season with two-thirds innings allowing one hit.