Cronin no hit bid spoiled in ninth inning

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Chatham earned its first-ever Presidents' Athletic
Conference victory on Saturday against
Westminster, falling in game one 5-1 before
taking game two, 4-2.
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 Junior Matt Cronin took a no-hitter into the ninth inning of game one to lead the Corsairs to a 5-1 game one victory, but the Blue and Gold pitching staff was tagged for 12 runs in the nightcap as UMass-Dartmouth split its LEC twinbill against Eastern Connecticut. Prior to the start of the doubleheader, the Corsairs honored its seven seniors as part of Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at the UMD baseball field.  After two errors in the top of the ninth set the Warriors up with a pair of runners aboard and one out, Eastern Connecticut catcher Merlyn Herrera broke up Cronin's no-hitter after 8.1 innings.The top half of the eighth in game two was sloppy for UMass Dartmouth, allowing an eight spot as the Warriors batted around en route to a 12-8 win. 

Graduate student Will Conroy twirled a three-hit shutout, leading Rochester to a 2-0 victory in game one of a Liberty League doubleheader against Skidmore at Castle Diamond. Game two of the doubleheader got through five innings with Rochester up 3-1, but play was suspended due to heavy rains in the area.  That contest will be completed on Sunday morning.  In the opener, Conroy tossed seven scoreless innings, allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out six Thoroughbreds.  He is now 3-0 on the season as a pitcher, his first season on the mound for UR.

Continuing to thwart CCIW pitching, North Central College cruised to a pair of victories over Elmhurst College on Saturday by scores of 8-2 and 12-1, capturing the sixth-straight conference series. The Cardinals have posted a +105 run differential so far in conference play, outscoring opponents 173-68 while batting .111 points higher than opposing lineups. Mike Wisz finished 4-for-7 with eight RBIs, increasing his CCIW-lead to 50 on the season

Scranton won an error prone game over Moravian, 8-5, at Volpe Field. Things only got stranger from there as the second game was suspended due to rain after one inning with the Royals holding a 9-3 lead. The suspended game will be picked up at the start of the top of the second on Sunday at noon at Volpe Field. Following the completion of the suspended game, the team's will play Sunday's regularly scheduled nine-inning game. Freshman left fielder Connor Harding singled, doubled, walked twice and scored three times. Mergel had two hits and two RBIs, and senior second baseman Brad Schneider had two hits, including the 100th of his career, along with a run and an RBI.

Ithaca team split a home doubleheader with The College at Brockport and RIT at Freeman Field on Senior Day. Ithaca defeated Brockport in the opener, 15-3, but fell to RIT, 6-3, later on in the afternoon. With the split, the Bombers are now 20-14 overall on the season. Between games, the five seniors on the team were honored for the commitment and dedication to the baseball program over the past four seasons. This group has led Ithaca to 97 victories, three Empire 8 Conference championships and a trip to the NCAA Division III New York Regional.

On a picture perfect day for baseball on the Cape, Jackson Simone homered on both ends of a thrilling doubleheader, and freshmen Mason Ashburn and John Teehan pitched superb games as Massachusetts Maritime Academy celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of Hendy Field with a pair of 2-1 victories over Worcester State. The Buccaneers end the regular season in second place to Westfield State despite identical records.

In game two, Kyle Kafer, potentially starting for
the final time as a Gothic Knights, improved to
4-3 with his second complete game both this
season and in his three seasons on the mound
for NJCU. In 9.0 innings, he struck out six,
walked none, and bookended single runs in the
first and ninth innings against nine hits.
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Senior left-handed pitcher Kyle Kafer tossed a complete-game with six strikeouts in game two as New Jersey City University (19-17, 6-11 NJAC) tied its single-season record for victories with a split of a New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader against Rutgers-Camden, losing the opener, 9-2, before prevailing 8-2 in game two at Campbell's Field. The 19th win matches the single-season record set in 1986 and previously matched in 1995 and 2005. NJCU has two regular season games remaining to try to win 20 for the first time and has guaranteed it will finish the regular season with at least a .500 record for the second straight season (18-18 in 2017). The win also makes NJCU postseason eligible for the ECAC Division III Tournament next month.

Nichols picked up an important sweep of Curry College in a CCC doubleheader in Dudley, Mass. The Bison (12-24, 6-8 CCC) picked up a 5-2 win in game one before freshman Alexander Stroshine hit a walk-off RBI single in game two to give Nichols a 5-4 win in the nightcap. Curry ends the day at 10-17 overall and 4-10 in conference games. Several milestones were also reached in the doubleheader as Cook became the first Nichols player in program history to reach 200 hits, while sophomore Kyle Bouchard earned his 100th career hit in game one. Nick Royended the day two hits shy of 200 career hits, while junior Joe Assenza sits at 99 career hits headed into Sunday's doubleheader at Western New England.

Muhlenberg punched its ticket to the Centennial Conference playoffs with a 4-1 rain-shortened victory at Franklin & Marshall. The Diplomats won the first game of the doubleheader, 5-4, meaning that with a Haverford loss, the Mules (18-17, 10-7 CC) needed a win in either the second game or its final CC game Sunday against Ursinus. The Mules proceeded to score four unanswered runs in the nightcap on its way to locking up their first CC playoff berth in four years and the fifth overall in program history.

Rhodes plated five runs in the third inning, two in the sixth and four in the eighth to defeat host Berry College to open the Southern Athletic Association's best-of-three championship series. The 11-7 win is the seventh in a row for the Lynx who were picked seventh in the first week's regional rankings. Berry had been tabbed for fifth in the South. Rhodes will need one win to advance to the NCAA playoffs while Berry has to sweep the Sunday doubleheader.

Ramapo wrapped up the regular season today with a sweep over Stockton on the road in NJAC action 7-0 in game one and 6-2 in game two. The Roadrunners win their 13th straight and now stand at 29-11 overall and 13-5 in the NJAC while the Ospreys drop to 6-23 overall and 3-14 in the conference. Ramapo starting pitcher Cory Heitler (8-1) earned the win on the mound with his third of the season. He struck out 14 and walked five while he scattered three hits. Kyle Haag worked the final inning for Ramapo as he struck out two and did not give up a hit. Kevin Stewart (6-0) earned the win on the mound with seven strikeouts and five walks. He scattered three hits and surrendered two runs in five innings of work. Haag worked the sixth and seventh inning on the mound for Ramapo in relief, as he struck out three and did not give up a hit.

Hood won game two of a MAC Commonwealth
doubleheader to clinch the third-seed in the
upcoming conference tournament. The Widener
Pride won game one 8-2 before the Blazers
rebounded for a 13-4 in the nightcap.

Hood athletics photo

Baruch went on to split a doubleheader with John Jay, winning game one (7-2) and losing game two (16-3).  In the first game, the turning point was in the bottom of the first as the Bearcats scored four runs with Edwin St.Hilaire driving in two with a hit to center field.  In the second game, John Jay won 16-3 behind a strong five-run third inning. They were able to score five runs behind Jueller Diaz's two-run single to right field.

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MCLA scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull out a 5-2 victory over Salem State in the first game their scheduled MASCAC doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Vikings looked like they won the contest in the bottom of the seventh on a game-winning double by Kyle O'Connor, but the run was disallowed after contact was made with another player by the runner before touching home plate. The Vikings came back and shutout the Trailblazers 11-0 in the second game behind a five-hitter by Brock Riley. Salem State goes to 19-16 and 8-6 in the conference while MCLA slips to 13-14-1 and 6-7-1 in the league.   

Manhattanville split a MAC Freedom doubleheader with the Eastern Eagles on Saturday, remaining in control of their own destiny in their hunt for a seventh straight MAC Freedom Tournament berth. The Valiants won the opener 8-6 before dropping the series finale 5-1. Freshman Jack Matero posted a pair of multi-hit games for a 4-for-7 day for Manhattanville (15-16-1, 10-9 MACF) while sophomore Matt Lynch finished 3-for-7. Sophomore Peter Iannarilli added to his team-leading RBI total with his first home run of the season.

Junior Erik Mohl and sophomore Andrew Deroche combined on a four-hitter to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 11-1 victory over the Amherst College Mammoths at Memorial Field.  Trinity, which dropped the second game, 11-1, is now 15-14 but the Bantams were eliminated from contention for the post-season due to a split in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division doubleheader between Bates and Tufts.  Trinity finished tied with Bates and Bowdoin for second place in the division at 7-5 but come up short due to the conference's tiebreaking rules.

With 5-1 and 2-0 wins in a Presidents' Athletic Conference doubleheader, Washington & Jefferson clinched home field advantage for the upcoming PAC Championship Tournament. With the sweep, the Presidents' overall record now sits at 23-11-1 with a 15-1 PAC record, tied for the most wins through the first 16 conference games since the 2010 team won 15 of its first 16 league matchups. The 5-1 game one win was led by Bryce Schnatterly who improved to 6-0 on the mound this season after tossing 6.1 innings and allowing no runs while scattering seven hits with one walk and a career-high tying eight strikeouts. His sixth win this season gives him 21 in his career, tying him with Mike Trumpower (2004-07) for the fifth most wins in program history. In game two, Tucker Burg pitched a scoreless first inning before Matt Heslin took over for the next 7.0 innings. Heslin earned his third win of the season after allowing no runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Will Bowser closed out the contest with two strikeouts in the ninth to nail down his third save of the season.