Virginia Wesleyan takes ODAC lead

Virginia Wesleyan took over the ODAC lead with
a 11-0 record, a game ahead of Randolph-Macon.
Virginia Wesleyan athletics photo

Virginia Wesleyan upset #4 Roanoke twice Sunday afternoon on the road, increasing its win streak to 11 straight. The Marlins came away with a 7-2 win in game one before edging the Maroons, 4-3, in game two. With the wins, VWU improves to 19-7 on the year and claim the first spot in the conference as its ODAC record remains spotless at 11-0.  Roanoke falls 20-6 on the year and take its first two conference losses (11-2).

The red-hot, sixth-ranked College of Wooster matched the program's 32-year-old school records for runs and hits with 34 and 31 respectively, and two other single-game program benchmarks were set during the second game of the Fighting Scots' doubleheader sweep over Ohio Wesleyan at Littick Field in Delaware, Ohio. Wooster scored the final seven runs to take game one 7-2, and rode that momentum to a 34-1 win in the nightcap.

No. 11 Methodist picked up its 25th win of the season as it defeated Averett, 11-6, and claimed the USA South regular season championship at Owen-Fulton Field. Methodist plated seven runs in the third inning after sending 11 batters to the plate, enough to secure the win and the USAC title.

No. 3 UW-Whitewater defeated UW-Stout, 6-0, and, 11-4, in a WIAC doubleheader at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium in Whitewater, Wis., to extend its win streak to eight games. In the opener, the Warhawks (14-2 overall, 6-0 WIAC) registered nine hits compared to just three hits and four errors from the Blue Devils. In the second game, the Warhawks' hot hitting continued as they recorded five runs on five hits in the first inning and never looked back

After sophomore Thomas Packert whirled a game one gem that was certain to be the highlight of nationally-ranked CNU's day, junior pinch-hitter John Anderson made sure to add the offense to the highlight reel with a walk-off RBI single in game two as the Captains swept Marymount in CAC action, 7-2 and 13-12. Anderson's dramatic winner pushed CNU's win streak to 17 games as the Captains improved to 25-4 overall and 9-0 in league play. The win streak is the longest win streak in Division III this season and the second longest active streak in the nation across all three NCAA divisions. Only Illinois-Springfield, a Division II program, has more consecutive victories with 19. With the losses, Marymount slips to 12-13, 4-5 this season.

Penn State Harrisburg reached the 20 win mark
for the first time since 2013.

Penn State Harrisburg athletics photo

Penn State Harrisburg swept #21 Frostburg State in CAC action. The Lions, who picked up their 20th win of the season, scored 24 runs on 25 hits in the doubleheader. The Lions got a boost from Chase Smith and Bret Williams who both crushed home runs in game one. In game two, Miguel Torres drove in three runs in route to the victory. The Lions took advantage of nine errors on the day by the Frostburg Bobcats.

Senior Joseph Tuzzolo went 5 for 8 with two runs and four RBI as eighth-ranked Randolph-Macon swept an ODAC doubleheader at Lychburg on Sunday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets (20-3-1, 10-1 ODAC) took the opener 8-2 and pulled out the nightcap 7-4 over the Hornets (12-15, 5-9 ODAC). R-MC has won six straight and is unbeaten in its past nine games.

TCNJ swept NJAC opponent Ramapo in a doubleheader by final scores of 11-0 and 11-2. Joe Cirillo shut the Roadrunner offense down, as he pitched eight shutout innings and only allowed five hits. With the win, he moved into third place all time in program history in wins as he now has 22 on his career. Brandon Zachary was the winning pitcher in the night cap, and he went five innings and allowed no runs and and only one hit while striking out four batters.

Cortland battled the cold and on-and-off snow to sweep visiting Fredonia in a SUNYAC doubleheader. The Red Dragons on the nine-inning opener, 6-1, and the seven-inning second game, 11-3. The teams will meet again Monday at 1 p.m. at Wallace Field. Cortland, ranked 10th nationally in Division III, has won 11 straight games and is now 19-6 overall and 10-1 in league play. Fredonia, which was playing for the first time since March 17, is 10-6 overall and 1-4 in the SUNYAC.

No. 22 Shenandoah its second straight undefeated week with a non-league sweep over Neumann. Shenandoah (20-6) was a 3-2 winner in game one before completing the sweep over the Knights (11-13) with an 11-0 victory in the nightcap. In game one, junior Tristan Baker laced a two-out, bases loaded double down the right field line to provide the Hornets with the winning runs in a 3-2 victory. Heac coach Anderson's club scored two runs in the first, three in the second and six in the fourth to fuel the game two victory.

No. 13 Case Western Reserve completed a four-game sweep of Brandeis, defeating the Judges 8-3 in the early game, before capturing a 14-8 win in the late contest at Stein Diamond in Waltham, Massachusetts. The two wins on Sunday extended the Spartans' winning streak to seven games, as the team improved to 20-3 overall on the season, marking the fastest the team has even gotten to 20 victories in a season.  CWRU improved to 7-1 in the University Athletic Association, taking a three-game lead in the conference standings over both Washington University (Mo.) and Emory University, which each stand at 4-4 halfway through the UAA schedule. Brandeis dropped to 2-13 on the season with the loss, including a 0-4 mark in the UAA. CWRU freshman Jacob Lott led the team at the plate over the two games, going four-for-eight with six runs scored, five runs batted in, two home runs, a double, a walk, and two stolen bases.

Brian Nolan threw six shutout innings and No. 23 Oswego State refused to let wintry conditions cool off their offense in a 13-2 rout of the Oneonta Red Dragons. Oswego extends their win streak to 11 and goes to 16-5 (8-1 SUNYAC) on the season while Oneonta falls to 7-16 (3-8). Nolan (4-1) was the story of the game for Oswego as he allowed only two hits on the afternoon while striking out seven to earn his fourth win.  With his effort, the junior takes over the team strikeout lead for the season with a total of 29 to date.

Freshman third baseman Damian Yenzi lined a walk-off single to centerfield giving No. 16 Marietta a sweep of Capital at the 20th annual Community Day in Don Schaly Stadium. The Pioneers posted a 2-1 win in game one and then scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Capital, 9-8, in the second game. Marietta improves to 16-4 overall and is in first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference with a 5-1 record. Capital falls to 11-13 overall and 2-4 in the OAC.

Catholic took a series win over Elizabethtown at Talbot Field as the Cardinals defeated the Blue Jays, 6-4. In a tie game with one out in the seventh inning, senior third baseman Anthony Ferlise came up huge as he delivered a bases-clearing double to put the Cardinals up 6-3 and help seal the victory. Catholic also got a strong start by sophomore pitcher Ross Dean who went 5.1 innings and allowed just three hits and two runs with four strikeouts. Classmate Jack Ropelewski went two-and-two-thirds for the win while junior Collin Brown came on in the ninth for the save. It was truly a senior day the plate for the Cardinals as both shortstop Jack Hennessy and first baseman Brennan Cotter delivered with two hits and an RBI while designated hitter Jake Crist came through with a solo home run and two runs scored.