Babson comes out ahead in battle of regionally ranked teams

 
Babson needs to win three more games to set a
high water mark for wins in a season.
 
Babson athletics photo

Senior Ryan Arena, classmate David Lennon and sophomore Matthew Valente all drove in two runs apiece to help visiting Babson defeat Western New England, 13-6, in non-conference action on Monday afternoon at Trelease Park. Senior Mark Webber was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, and Arena added two hits and two runs scored for the Beavers. Junior Edward Lehr tripled, walked three times and scored three times, while sophomore Jake Oliger went 1-for-2 with three walks, three stolen bases and two runs scored.

DeSales plated 22 runs and shook off a 4-0 deficit to rout local rival Muhlenberg College, 22-6, in non-conference action on Monday afternoon. DeSales added solo runs in the fifth and seventh innings and scored twice in the eighth on RBI singles from freshman Brandon DiChiacchio and junior Charlie Barebo before blowing the game wide open with eight runs in the ninth inning to provide the final tally.

The four-game series that was originally supposed to end two weeks ago finally wrapped up on Monday as Cornell came from behind in each game to win two and split the series with the Illinois College Blueboys. Illinois College had its recent struggles continue as the Blueboys lost twice to Cornell  by scores of 7-4 and 11-1, running their losing streak to seven games and falling to 13-16 (4-10 Midwest Conference) on the season.

Keystone's goal of going undefeated in the CSAC got derailed with an 11-6 loss to Gwynedd Mercy in the first of a two-game series at Christy Mathewson Field.  And the Griffins did it in convincing fashion, smashing three home runs and five doubles to snap the Giants' 11-game winning streak.  Gwynedd Mercy also received a solid pitching performance from junior Bryan Kaelin, who came on in relief of starter Nick DeRitis and held the Giants to three runs in four and 1/3 innings of work to pick up the victory and help the Griffins improve to 16-11 overall and 10-3 in the CSAC.

Pfeiffer ended their season with a 9-2 win over Piedmont International. The Falcons will start the 2019 season with a 19 game win streak intact, a skein than included wins over three tournament teams, including USA South champion Methodist. Matthew Lambert was one of six pitchers to see one or two innings of action and was credited with the win, his sixth with no losses.

Christian Pack recorded his second walk-off of the year when he drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to give King's College a 9-8 victory over Delaware Valley at Lipo Field in Wilkes-Barre in the team's final regular season game. The win enabled the Monarchs to clinch the fourth and final spot in the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Tournament next weekend. King's will be one of the hottest teams in the field after winning 12 of their final 13 games. The Aggies, who gave the Monarchs the opportunity to control their own destiny by beating Manhattanville on Sunday, fall to 10-22 overall and 5-15 in the MAC Freedom.

Grove City has season highs in hits and runs
in a 17-4 win over Allegheny.

Grove City athletics photo by Rick Dayton

Grove City scored a season-high 17 runs and pounded out a season-high 18 hits Monday afternoon as the Wolverines closed their non-conference schedule with a 17-4 road win over Allegheny at the Robertston Complex. Grove City scored in eight of the nine innings and produced 30 base runners in the game. The Wolverines broke open the game by scoring three times in the sixth, once in the seventh and then three runs each in the eighth and ninth innings. Junior right fielder Travis Auth, sophomore shortstop Bob Abbott, freshman catcher Tanner Orner and freshman DH Bubba Hamilton all posted three hits for the Wolverines while junior third baseman Micah Burke went 2 for 4.

Sophomore infielder Brandon Peters tripled, doubled twice, scored three times and drove in two runs to lead Scranton to a 13-3 win over Lebanon Valley in a non-conference game at Volpe Field on Monday night. The Royals (18-16) won their fourth straight game by scoring six times in the second inning, once in the third and three times in both the sixth and eighth innings. Scranton also received a single, double, three RBIs and a run from freshman designated hitter Ben Grochowsk.

Ohio Northern picked up a tight 10-7 victory over non-conference foe Wittenberg on Monday evening at Wander Field. The Polar Bears improve to 26-11 overall, while the Tigers fall to 13-21. Freshman Will Davis led ONU offensively with three hits, two RBI and a run scored. Junior Jackson Buda earned his first victory on the mound this season.

Ithaca improved to 21-14 on the season with a 4-3 victory over Alfred State at Cornell's Hoy Field on Monday afternoon. Ithaca led for the entire contest and nearly had a complete game tossed by junior Emmett Dunn. Dunn put together his best outing of the season, as he hurled 8.1 innings and scattered five hits and allowed two runs. He also struck out seven batters, walked none, and induced 11 groundouts. Dunn is now 4-1 on the season.

Wisconsin Lutheran earned a split in its final non-conference doubleheader Monday evening against the visiting Carroll Pioneers. The Pioneers picked up a 12-4 victory in game one, but Sid Lehman dealt a four-hit, complete game shutout as WLC earned a 2-0 victory in the nightcap for the non-conference split. Lehman picked up his first win of the season in his first start, allowing just four hits and no runs over 7.0 innings, striking out six Pioneers.

No. 3 UW-Whitewater downed St. Scholastica, 13-1, in a non-conference match-up at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium in Whitewater, Wis. The Warhawks ended the game early in the seventh inning due to run rule and tallied three homers, including two from sophomore designated hitter Alex Doud and senior right fielder Brett Krause. Doud posted three hits, two runs and six RBI in the victory. Senior Austin Jones pitched the first five innings for the Warhawks (23-4 overall) and collected the victory, making his season record 5-2, and tallying 10 strikeouts.  Sophomore Riley Gruetzmacher finished the game at the mound and recorded two strikeouts.