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Chapman's Matt Mogollon pitched his third
complete-game shutout of the season and he
improved to an 8-2 overall record with a
career-low 1.54 ERA.
 
Chapman athletics photo by Larry Newman

Junior pitcher Matt Mogollon showed once again why he is the ace for the Panthers (28-10, 13-9 SCIAC), pitching a one-hit complete-game shutout in their 5-0 senior day victory over Occidental (19-18, 11-11 SCIAC). Mogollon pitched his second 11-strikeout game this season, allowing no runs and just one single in the top of the fifth. Gavin Blodgett went 3-for-4 in his final home game with two RBIs. The win put the Panthers in sole control of third place in the SCIAC standings. They head to Occidental tomorrow to play the final two games of the series and fight for a spot in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament.

Southwestern's bats came alive late in the game as the Pirates used a six-run, seventh inning to defeat Concordia-Texas 8-4. Daniel Montgomery, Jr. led at the plate going 2-3 with two RBIs, two runs and two walks. Cole Kelly and Riley Wayland each recorded two RBIs on the night.

Sophomore John Brinkman continued a hot hitting weekend by going 4-for-4 with a UAA single game record tying seven runs batted in during Washington University in St. Louis baseball's 16-6 win over Brandeis at Kelly Field. WashU improved to 19-14 on the season, also increasing its UAA mark to 8-6. Brandeis is 3-23 on the year with a 1-13 record in the UAA. One day after finishing a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, Brinkman finished a home run short of the feat.

Ramapo won their 11th straight today with a 9-1 road win over Montclair State at Yogi Berra Stadium. The Roadrunners improved to 27-11 overall, 11-5 in the NJAC while the Red Hawks dropped to 19-17 overall and 7-9 in the conference. The Roadrunners served as the home team in the game. Jon Brignoni (4-1) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning while he struck out ten, walked three and scattered three hits in eight innings of work earning the win for Ramapo. Riley Weis worked the ninth as he struck out two. Ramapo pounded out 11 hits in the game including four extra base hits.

Dan Schweitzer drove in the winning runs in both games and Mike Harrington threw a complete-game four-hitter in the seven-inning second contest as Cortland clinched the SUNYAC regular season title with two victories at Oswego. Cortland (30-8, 15-2 SUNYAC), ranked seventh nationally in Division III, won the opener, 8-6 in 10 innings, and the nightcap, 1-0. Cortland reached the 30-win plateau for the 14th consecutive season, and the 24th time in the past 25 years. The Red Dragons earned the right to host the four-team conference postseason tournament May 3-5. Cortland's streak of hosting the SUNYAC tournament technically continues, although Oswego earned the right in 2017 but the tournament was canceled due to inclement weather. Every SUNYAC tournament since 1997 has been hosted in Cortland.

The University of Ozark Eagles blasted Belhaven 15-1 behind three home runs and a standout pitching performance from starter Gyeongju Kim. Josh Woolly got things started for the Eagles in the first inning with a two-run double. Sam Swartz followed with an RBI single and the route was on for the Eagles. In the second, Breyden Varner launched a three-run homer, and in the fourth Patrick Clifford blasted a two-run shot to put the Eagles in front 10-0. The hits kept coming as the Eagles scored five more in the fifth. Woolly highlighted the frame with a three-run homer. Kim (3-5) cruised through 5.1 innings and did not allow an earned run to receive the win. Kim scattered six hits and fanned four in his appearance. Rocky Liveoak and Swartz each had three hits. Woolly drove in five runs. Varner drove in three runs. In all, the Eagles pounded out 14 hits.

Tanner Jansen threw a complete-game gem, Noah Sacco, Trey Kehoe and Kolton Arnold drove in two runs apiece and Simpson beat Buena Vista 10-2 in the first of a three-game Iowa Conference series at McBride Field. Sacco finished 2-for-3 and hit his ninth double of the season to spark a three-run fifth for the Storm (5-26, 3-15), who snapped a four-game losing streak. Arnold and Brandon Urias also had RBI singles in the inning as Simpson opened a 7-2 lead. In his first start since a one-inning, four-run outing last Friday against Central, Jansen bounced back in a big way. He scattered eight hits, struck out seven and walked three in the best outing of his career. The nine-inning complete game is the first by a Simpson pitcher since the 2015 season.

Junior Thomas Meland is greeted following his
first-inning home run in game one

St. John's (Minn.) athletics photo by Alexus Jungles.

Saint John's (Minn.) ran its win streak to seven games with a doubleheader sweep of Augsburg, 6-1 and 2-1, at Becker Park in Collegeville. Junior Bennett Wiggins pitched a complete-game effort in game one, allowing an unearned run in the seventh inning for SJU (23-5, 9-3 MIAC). He scattered six hits, struck out five and did not issue a free pass. Game two, like Wednesday's sweep of Concordia, resulted in a walk-off win for the Johnnies. Sophomore shortstop Michael Gruber, the hero in Wednesday's walk-off win, walked on four pitches with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Senior second baseman Brennan Swan ripped a 2-1 pitch to right field for a single, but the right-fielder's throw missed the cut-off and sailed wide of home plate, allowing Gruber to score from third.

On a cool, wet Senior Day, George Fox took down the Willamette Bearcats by a 9-5 score behind home runs from Bryan Branstetter, Jerred Seamons and Matt Voelzke. It was a game too late as the previous time Willamette and George Fox met on the diamond it was for the NWC tournament title and a spot in the NCAA Playoffs. Branstetter, Seamons and Voelzke each blasted home runs to power the nine-run day by the Bruins. Seamons and Voelzke led the way with three RBIs apiece as Mikah Takashige picked up his second win of the season.

Trailing 3-1 heading into the top of the eighth, Johns Hopkins scored six unanswered runs to defeat Washington College and clinch a spot in the Centennial Conference playoffs. This is the fourth time this season the JHU pitching staff has not allowed a walk as Burns went six innings allowing seven hits three runs (one earned) with two strikeouts and Folk finished the last three innings allowing just three hits. The Blue Jays officially locked up a spot in the Centennial Conference playoffs for the 17th consecutive season and are the only team to appear in every conference tournament since the tournament began in 2002.

Senior ace Cody Remore threw seven innings and yielded just three hits as the Sul Ross Lobos cruised to a 20-1 thumping of visiting Mary Hardin-Baylor in a three-game series opener Friday night. Sul Ross State finished the game with a 20-hit payload while holding the Crusaders to five.

Penn State Behrend was on the road Friday afternoon for some AMCC action, beating Pitt-Bradford 7-0 in game one then falling 6-4 in game two. On the mound in game one for the Lions (19-14, 10-6 AMCC), Phil Myers registered his fifth win of the season after holding the Panthers (14-11, 8-5 AMCC) scoreless the entire match. In his seven innings of work, he allowed only four hits and four walks while also striking out three batters. On the other hand, game two did not go the same way for Behrend. Andrew Bacha delivered seven innings of strong pitching on the mound in game two, striking out four while giving up three runs and walking as many. The victory over Penn State-Behrend in game two is the Panthers' first win over the Lions since March 31, 2010.