St. Scholastica wins seventh straight

St. Scholastica found more success within the
UMAC when it swept North Central (Minn.)
. Game
one ended with a score of 10-4, and the Saints
managed a one-hit shutout in game two with a
final score of 15-0 with the mercy-rule ending
things after seven innings.

St. Scholastica athletics photo by Maggie Grob

Matt Benninghoff delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning in the first game and Lakeland's day got even better after that as it closed out a doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin Lutheran College Wednesday afternoon. The Muskies scored a 1-0 win in the first game and then came back for a 5-4 victory in the second game of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference set. Lakeland prevailed in its long-delayed home opener and swept a twinbill for the first time since March 11 in improving to 7-15 overall and 3-9 in the NACC.

Daniel Scott launched a walk-off three-run home run as EMU took a 6-5 win over rival Bridgewater (Va.)  in Harrisonburg. After Saturday's 2-1 win in 10 innings against Hampden-Sydney, the Royals now have back-to-back walk-off home run victories. Eastern Mennonite (14-23/5-13 ODAC) suddenly has a three-game winning streak heading into their regular season finale this Saturday at home. The Royals host Lynchburg (14-21/7-11 ODAC) in a doubleheader and would likely earn an ODAC Tournament bid with two wins. The evening weather in Verona was beautiful, but the numbers on the Stampfl Field scoreboard were less so. Carroll University put up 13 runs in the first four innings and rolled past the Edgewood College baseball team 21-3 on Wednesday night.

Carroll University's (17-14) first five batters of the game reached base, and the Pioneers struck big blows with a three-run home run by Dylan Calahan in the second inning, and a grand slam from Sam Harmeyer in the fourth inning. Carroll piled on eight more runs in the eighth inning for a 21-0 lead.

Transylvania continued its foray through the HCAC schedule with a doubleheader split against the Hanover Panthers at K.T. Young Ballpark. Hanover held off the Pioneers 5-3 in game one before the Pioneers turned on the offense late in game two to grab a 6-1 win. With the split, the Pioneers moved to 15-18 and 5-7 in HCAC play while the Panthers moved to 7-21 overall and 4-10 in the HCAC standings.

North Central (Ill.) continues to roll in CCCW play, completing the season sweep of Augustana by scores of 3-1 and 10-4, as the Cardinals have now won the first five CCIW series. North Central (19-9, 14-2 CCIW) his now outscoring conference opponents 153-65 over the first 16 games, while sweeping all three games of the season series from four opponents.

Freshman Brian Lyle was perfect at the plate and the Maroons' pitching staff combined to strike out 12 batters to lead the University of Chicago to a solid 9-4 win at Rockford. Lyle was 5-for-5 with a double and an RBI and Ravi Bakhai highlighted the Maroons' six pitchers with the win (1-0) and six strikeouts of his own, as UChicago allowed just two earned runs and six hits.

When Concordia-Chicago embarked on this grueling stretch of games last Friday, it was understood that the Cougars' pitching depth would largely determine their fortune. After a rough start in Mequon, the CUC staff has done yeoman's work as the Cougars have roared back to the top of the NACC standings. Pitching was key once again as the Cougars swept the Marian University Sabres by scores of 5-1 and 6-1.

Two weeks after splitting a doubleheader with
Lawrence, the two teams split another twinbill.
The Red Hawks took the first game 11-7 behind
10 unearned runs, including a nine-run second
inning, while Lawrence prevailed in the nightcap
by a score of 13-4.

Ripon athletics photo

Second-ranked Wooster erupted for a 10-run second inning, and withstood 12th-ranked Case Western Reserve's chip-away effort for an 11-6 win in a key non-conference regional game at Nobby's Ballpark. Wooster, which outhit CWRU 11-10, also had a multi-hit effort from Harry Witwer-Dukes.

Both UW-Stout starting pitchers worked at least eight innings, Wyatt Ernstmeyer recorded two saves and the Blue Devils swept UW-Stevens Point, downing the Pointers, 5-2, 4-3, at Woodside Sports Complex. Jack Donahue worked the first game, going into the ninth inning with a 5-1 lead before he got in trouble and left with the bases loaded and one out. Ernstmeyer came on and gave up a sacrifice fly for the second out, then got the final out on a fly ball to center field. In the second game, Brad Rindfleisch went eight innings, giving way to Ernstmeyer in the top of the ninth with 4-2 lead.

UW-La Crosse earned a doubleheader sweep of UW-Platteville at Copeland Park. The Eagles won the opener, 16-12, and the nightcap, 12-11. UWL improves to 16-9 overall and 8-4 in the WIAC while UW-Platteville drops to 6-22 overall and 0-12 in the conference.  WIth the two wins, UWL completed the four-game season series sweep of UW-Platteville. The Eagles earned a pair victories (17-1, 7-4) over the Pioneers April 11 at Copeland Park.

St. Thomas had a 3-2 walk-off, extra-inning win over Hamline at Koch Diamond in game one to start a doubleheader sweep of the Pipers. Ryan Lust singled home Jimmy Dolan with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Henry DeCaster allowed one earned run in eight innings and struck out five but got a no decision. Ben Meyer worked one inning and got the win in relief. After missing on prime scoring chances in the seventh and eighth innings, Dolan led off the ninth and was hit by pitch. He was bunted to second before scoring on Lust's single. UST got one hit from all nine players in the lineup. In game two, UST scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie en route to a 7-1 victory. Ryan Zimmerman struck out 13 and allowed one run over six innings and now has won four consecutive starts. Shaun Falbo pitched a scoreless final inning.

McDaniel scored four runs in the sixth inning to take a 6-4 lead en route to a 9-5 victory over Gettysburg in CC. Robbie Mays led the Green Terror (11-16, 4-11 CC) on the mound with nine strikeouts, allowing just two earned runs in the complete-game win. Joe Giovinco led the Bullets (10-21, 4-11 CC) with a 5-for-5 day at the plate.

No. 3 ranked UW-Whitewater split with No. 11 UW-Oshkosh, falling in the first game, 5-1, and defeating the Titans, 11-1, in the second game of a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium. The Warhawks (18-4, 10-2 WIAC) forced an early end to Game 2 in the seventh inning due to run rule and out-hit UW-Oshkosh, 15-3.