Randolph-Macon sweeps Shenandoah

Tim Pettorini is now 33rd all-time in wins across
all NCAA divisions.
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Senior Nanak Saran didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning of game one, legendary head coach Tim Pettorini moved into the top-five all-time in Div. III baseball wins, and the second-ranked College of Wooster's winning streak reached 20 in the nightcap of a 15-4, 8-4 Saturday afternoon sweep over Allegheny at Art Murray Field. Wooster's (25-3) win in game one marked Pettorini's 1,197th for his career, and that moved Wooster's skipper past former Southwestern University (Texas) head coach Jim Mallon for fifth on the Div. III all-time list. Additionally, Wooster's win in the nightcap gave the Scots their second 20-game winning streak during Pettorini's tutelage. The other such streak occurred in 2007 when the Scots opened the year 27-0.

Rowan swept a NJAC doubleheader at Kean, 2-1 and 3-2. The Profs (25-5, NJAC 9-4) have won six in a row. They are ranked second in the American Baseball Coaches Association Poll and seventh in the D3baseball.com Top 25. The Cougars have a 17-18 record with an 8-6 conference mark. Second baseman Alex Kokos recorded three hits with one double over the two contests. Center fielder Kyle Golla posted two hits, one double, one triple, two RBIs and one run.

No 10 Case Western Reserve rallied from a tough 4-3 defeat in the early game of a doubleheader against Washington (Mo.) to defeat the Bears 9-1 in the second game of the day, splitting a doubleheader in Saint Louis, Missouri. With the split, the Spartans now stand at 24-6 on the year, while Washington moved to 17-13.  The Spartans raised their University Athletic Association record to 11-4, and moved within one league victory of clinching at least a share of the 2018 UAA Title.  The Bears fell to 6-5 in the conference with the loss in the second game.

Runs were hard to come by as Ohio Northern University swept an Ohio Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader from Marietta College Saturday (April 21) afternoon at Wander Field. The Polar Bears won the first game, 5-2, and then blanked the Pioneers, 1-0, in the nightcap. Ohio Northern improves to 21-10 on the season and 9-5 in the OAC. Marietta slips to 20-9 overall and 8-4 in the OAC.

Concordia-Chicago had little time to dwell on Friday night's losses in Wisconsin, but it probably didn't matter because the Cougars had the answer ready. The Cougars looked like their old selves today, and it twas the MSOE Raiders that paid the price. Concordia-Chicago, playing as the visiting team on their own field today, nevertheless recorded a pair of lopsided wins today, 10-0 and 13-1 (game two shortened to seven innings). After a parade of pitchers took the mound last night, today's starting pitchers took care of business by themselves.

For a brief period on Saturday afternoon, the nationally-ranked Christopher Newport was back atop the league standings alone, but a doubleheader split at Penn State Harrisburg (26-8, 12-4) tightened things back up in the Capital Athletic Conference playoff race. The Captains won game one over the Lions, 13-2, while setting a new program record with 17 walks in a game, before suffering a one-run loss in game two, 6-5. After going 1-1 in the twin bill, the Captains overall record ran to 29-7 overall with a 13-3 record in conference play. Just down the road in central Pennsylvania, the York College of Pennsylvania Spartans split with Salisbury, with the Spartans taking game one. The bounceback win for the Sea Gulls, paired with CNU's late rally falling short against Penn State Harrisburg, moved the two teams back into a tie atop the league.  Also, the Lions are now just one game back of the leader with a 12-4 record in conference play.

Senior Christian Sullivan (6-0) was dominant. 
Sullivan allowed five hits, walked three and
punched out 10 in a complete game effort,
matching his season-high strikeout total.

Franklin athletics photo

When the schedule for the 2018 season was released, the Franklin was champing at the bit for a pair of games at home against defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) champion Earlham. On Saturday afternoon, the No. 22-ranked Grizzlies (26-2, 11-1 HCAC) got their crack at the Quakers (23-9, 7-5 HCAC) in a showdown of two 20-win teams. When the dust settled, the Grizzlies handed their conference foe a pair of lopsided defeats with Franklin taking game one 9-1 and game two 13-2. Ryan Erlandson, Ryan Bixler and Nick Wright all had four hits on the day with Erlandson and Bixler finishing with four RBI each. All but one Franklin starter recorded a hit on Saturday afternoon, with the team punishing Earlham pitching for 28 hits on the day.

No. 1 Trinity swept a SCAC doubleheader against the University of Dallas.Trinity broke a 3-3 tie with a walkoff infield single in the bottom of the ninth inning to squeeze out a 4-3 win in game one, then coasted to a 9-5 win in the second half of the doubleheader.Trinity pushed its season record to 30-4 with the two wins, snapping a two-game losing streak in the process. The Tigers are also tied atop the SCAC standings with a 12-2 conference mark.

Mike Harrington tossed a complete game shutout, including a career-high 11 strikeouts, in a seven-inning contest as nationally sixth-ranked Cortland defeated New Paltz, 5-0, to complete a doubleheader sweep over the Hawks on the road. Cortland captured the nine-inning opener, 6-3, and has now won 20 consecutive games. With four regular-season SUNYAC games remaining, Cortland (28-6, 13-1 SUNYAC) holds a two and a half game lead over second-place Oswego (10-3). The Red Dragons and New Paltz will complete their three-game series Sunday with a single nine-inning game at 12 p.m. Cortland is also scheduled to play a non-league game Monday at Hamilton and will close the regular season with a three-game set at Oswego next weekend.

The fourth-ranked Randolph-Macon belted three home runs in each game of an ODAC doubleheader sweep at No. 11 Shenandoah Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets (26-4-1, 16-2 ODAC) won the opener 18-2 and took the nightcap 8-4 over the Hornets (26-8, 13-5 ODAC). R-MC remains in sole possession of first place in the conference standings, one game ahead of Virginia Wesleyan and two ahead of Roanoke. The Maroons are the final ODAC opponent for the Yellow Jackets. Sophomore Michael Nickles went 3 for 7 with three homers, five runs and six RBI. He went deep once in Game 1 and twice in game two.

Roanoke split a two game set with Washignton and Lee on Sunday. Washington and Lee pushed across six runs in the final two innings to rally for an 8-5 win in game one. In game two, three Roanoke pitchers combined to allow just three hits as the Maroons topped Washington and Lee 6-1 and in the process gave Roanoke's senior class its 100th career win, a first in program history.

The New Jersey City University (17-14, 5-8 NJAC) had a 6-3 lead over the best pitcher in the NJAC and was three outs away from defeating TCNJ at home for the first time since 1989. But nationally No. 12 ranked and first-place TCNJ (22-6, 10-3 NJAC) rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth to stun the Gothic Knights, 7-6, before senior right-handed pitcher Brandon Cherry tossed a complete-game four-hit shutout in a 7-0 win in the nightcap, as the Lions swept an NJAC doubleheader on April 21 at the Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex.