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Chris Conklin broke a 33-year-old record for
Manhattanville in a doubleheader sweep at the
hands of Misericordia Saturday afternoon. The
Valiants fell 8-4 in the opener and 11-2 in the
MAC Freedom series finale.Conklin walked three
times on the afternoon, giving him 95 for his
Valiant career.
Manhattanville athletics photo by Mike McLaughlin

Junior pitcher David Herrmann tossed a five-hit, complete game shutout as Hanover split a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader with Bluffton Saturday afternoon at K.T. Young Ballpark. The Panthers won game one 3-0 before falling 4-1 in the night cap. In game two Bluffton, however, broke through in the ninth. The Beavers turned four hits and two errors into four runs to go in front 4-1. The Panthers were able to get two runners on in the ninth, but were unable to score either of them before the game ended.

Fitchburg State split a pair of MASCAC contests to the Viking of Salem State at Pappas Stadium on the campus of Franklin Pierce. The Vikings took game one 4-2, while the Falcons won 2-1 in the nightcap. Steve Leavitt scattered seven hits over seven inning with 7 strikeouts and two earned runs for his fourth win of the season for Salem State in game one. Sophomore Richard Sharp notched his second win of the season in the nightcap, allowing just one run on four hits with three K's. This was the 98th meeting between the two schools on the diamond with Salem State having won 14 of the previous 16 match ups.

Grinnell kicked off the Midwest Conference Crossover on the right note Saturday, beating St. Norbert and Ripon on the day. Grinnell used an eighth-inning rally to defeat defending MWC Tournament champ St. Norbert 5-3 in the opener. The Pioneers followed with a 10-7 win over Ripon.

Backed by a brilliant pitching performance in game one, North Central shut out Carthage, 1-0 in the opener of the doubleheader, before suffering a heartbreaking 7-5 loss in the nightcap at Augie Schmidt Field. North Central (16-8, 11-2 CCIW) plated an early first-inning run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Michael Mateja, and that proved to be all the run support starter Charlie Klemm needed. The Cardinal freshman was outstanding in the opener, outdueling Red Men senior and CCIW wins leader Kevin Tibor, as Klemm scattered four hits, all singles, while striking out five and walking just one to earn his first collegiate complete-game shutout. Klemm improves to 4-1 on the season, while handing Tibor his first defeat on the year.

George Fox continued its strong start in the Northwest Conference Tournament, as the No. 4-seed Bruins beat the No. 3-seed Willamette Bearcats 4-2 to advance to the championship game. AJ Valencia went 2-3 at the plate with one RBI and two runs scored. Sam Swenson also recorded two RBIs to help the Bruins in the win. AJ therton recorded his third win of the season and Matt Voelzke grabbed his 10th save.

Eamon McNeil went off as Occidental bounced back with a pair of wins at Pomona-Pitzer. Oxy won 12-2 in game one and 10-9 in game two. McNeil, a junior outfielder from Portland, was 2 for 4 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored in Game 1, and 3 for 5 with a pair of home runs and six RBIs in Game 2. He hit 7 for 13 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in the series. McNeil's homer in Game 2 came during a five-run ninth that helped Oxy squeak out an impressive comeback victory. The playoff picture for the Tigers is complicated. If they win all three of their remaining games, they are likely to be in. If they win one of those game, they are out. If they win two games, it gets even more complicated with multiple possible tiebreakers

Berry and Rhodes will meet next week for a
three game series to determine the winner
of the SAA.

Berry athletics photo

With wins on Saturday, No. 1 seed Berry and No. 2 seed Rhodes advanced to next weekend's Southern Athletic Association (SAA) baseball championship round. That best of two out of three series will take place in Rome, Ga., on the campus of Berry. Behind four Vikings with multiple-hit outings and a great pitching performance from Dylan Beasley (1-2),  Berry rolled to a 12-0 victory over the visiting Millsaps. With his two hits in the game, Jacob Delk has tied the Berry NCAA Division III era record for hits in a season at 65. Four runs in the final two innings, led host Rhodes to a 6-2 victory over Centre, Saturday. With the score tied 2-2, Will Heurtin singled through the left side in the bottom of the seventh which broke a 2-2 tie. The Lynx then added three more runs an inning later off a two-RBI single by Zac Lange and an RBI double from Jacob Telli. The Lynx hitters were backed by strong pitching performances from starter Jacob Dubs and relievers Nathan Mirochnick, Alex Garrett, and Carter King. All four Rhodes pitchers allowed only a combined six hits and two runs.

Salve Regina swept Endicott in CCC action at North Field. Salve Regina freshman Anthony Cieszko cracked a three-run homer to cap off a six-run bottom of the third for the Seahawks that also included a two-RBI single by Colton Eremian and a RBI single by Zack Smith. The Seahawks got a strong starting pitching performance out of sophomore Patrick Maybach who threw six innings and allowed three earned runs on nine hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Salve Regina scored five times in the top of the first inning of game two en route to a 12-3 victory for the Seahawks. Dylan Ketch and Alex Perry each had two RBIs apiece while Perry crossed home plate four times to lead the Salve Regina lineup.

Hood locked up its first trip to the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Championships with a victory in the second game of a conference doubleheader at Arcadia. The Knights took the first game 14-11 before the Blazers erupted for a 21-3 win in the nightcap. Joe Kroeger went 6 for 8 between the two games and drove in a career-high five in the first game. Nathan Kessler was 6 for 9 with four runs scored and five RBIs. Dylan Johnson walked four times. Brad Sawyer pitched a complete game for the victory in game two. He struck out four and allowed four hits and five walks.

Senior John Floegel tossed a complete-game shutout in the opener and Babson erupted for 15 runs in game two on its way to finishing off series sweep of Emerson in NEWMAC action at Campanelli Stadium. The Beavers took the opener 4-0 and defeated the Lions, 15-4, in the nightcap. Babson, which has won 17 of its last 20 games, improves to 24-10 overall and finished league play at 14-3 to capture it second consecutive NEWMAC regular season crown. Emerson, which has dropped eight in a row, falls to 7-23 overall and 1-15 in conference play. 

Junior closer Bryan Carmon pitched out of bases-loaded jams in the final inning of both games as Scranton swept a Landmark Conference doubleheader at Drew on Saturday, winning 6-4 in both games. Carmon picked up his fourth and fifth saves of the season by stranding the bases loaded in both games. The wins put the Royals (13-13, 5-4 Landmark) into the thick of the Landmark Conference playoff race. They currently sit in a tie for third with half of their conference games remaining.

King's College used two dominant pitching performances by John Wickiser and Dan Hartson to sweep Eastern at Lipo Field on Saturday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre. The Monarchs won the opener 1-0 before taking the nightcap by a 2-0 score. King's increased their win streak to eight games and improved to 16-13 overall and 9-8 in conference play with the wins. Eastern fell to 12-18 overall and 4-12 in the conference.