Top teams get wins

Brendan Meyer (5-0) tossed just the second
complete game of the year for the Tiger pitching
staff. Meyer scattered nine hits over the nine
inning game, allowing three runs and a pair of
walks, and striking out five batters..
Trinity (Texas) athletics photo

No. 1 Trinity (Texas) finished off a three-game weekend series sweep by defeating Hardin-Simmons 6-3 on Saturday afternoon. Trinity got the scoring going with three runs on three hits in the third inning, then added single runs in each of the next three innings to push it to a 6-0 advantage. Hardin-Simmons broke up the shutout with a run in the bottom of the seventh, then staged a two-out rally in the ninth. The Cowboys got a pair of runs across to cut into the Tiger lead, but Trinity was able to avoid a repeat of last night's ninth-inning rally and win the game. Trinity stranded the bases loaded three times in the game, just missing the chance to turn the game into a blowout win.

No. 3 ranked UW-Whitewater remained unbeaten in the WIAC with a pair of double-digit wins over UW-Stout on a chilly day at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium. The Warhawks secured a 14-4 victory in the opener in walkoff fashion, and compiled an 11-1 triumph in the nightcap to push their winning streak to six games. Both games were called after seven innings due to 10-run rule.

Behind two mammoth home runs from senior Dave Murphy and stellar pitching all afternoon, No. 9 UMass Boston earned a doubleheader sweep of Western Connecticut State. With the doubleheader sweep, UMass Boston is 4-0 to start Little East Conference play for the first time since 2013. The Beacons are the lone 4-0 team (thus far) through two weekends of conference play

13th-ranked Case Western Reserve extended its lead in the UAA standings with a sweep of a road doubleheader against Brandeis. The Spartans claimed a 5-2 win in the early contest, before completing the sweep with a 12-6 victory over the Judges in game two. The Spartans have now won five-straight games to improve to 18-3 overall.  CWRU stands at 5-1 in UAA contests, and sits two games ahead of both Emory and Washington in the conference standings.  Brandeis dropped to 2-11 overall and to 0-2 in the UAA with the two losses. Junior second baseman Rocco Maue connected on his ninth and tenth home runs of the season, each in the second game of the doubleheader, setting a new program record for home runs in a season, breaking the mark originally set by Steve Rosiek in 1986.  It was his second multiple home run game of the season, and five of his 10 home runs have now come in conference play this season.

Twelfth-ranked Texas Lutheran collected a SCAC doubleheader sweep over Dallas. At TLU's Katt-Isbel Field, TLU won the first game 8-1 and took the second 7-3. TLU is now 23-6 on the season and 5-3 in conference. Dallas dropped to 9-19 overall and 2-9 in the SCAC. Senior right-hander Dylan Drgac (7-1) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Dallas put together three hits and scored the only earned run against Drgac in the sixth. Drgac finished the game with eight strike outs. He tossed a complete game, scattering four hits and allowing just one walk. In game two, Nathan Malinovsky tossed eight innings and picked up his seventh win of the year. Malinovsky allowed seven hits. He struck out eight and walked three.

Piedmont completed the sweep of #17 Maryville with a 3-1 win, once again in come-from-behind fashion. Ryan Stewart earned the win on the mound as the Piedmont pitching staff combined to give up six hits and one run with just one hit and no runs by the bullpen. The turning point in the game was ehen Tyler Burgette hit a two-RBI single in the sixth inning to score Andrew Burden and Brady Ballstadt giving Piedmont the 3-1 lead.

Oswego State won a pair of games over conference-foe Oneonta to push their win streak to 10 games and improve their record to 15-5 overall and 7-1 in the SUNYAC. The Lakers won the first nine-inning affair by a score of 10-3 and the second game, 6-1, in seven innings. Oneonta falls to 7-15 and 3-7 in conference action. Reston Pettit (2-0) picked up his second win of the season in game one while going seven innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out eight. On the mound in game two, Robert Donnelly (4-0) was stellar again for the Lakers. The senior allowed only one run, his first since a March 11 game against Wartburg, while striking out six during the complete game and lowering his earned run average to 1.69 on the season.