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Nationally-ranked Adrian continued to roll on
Saturday by running its win streak to 11 after a
pair of one-run victories at Trine. The Bulldogs
came from behind in the opener, 6-5, and held
off the Thunder in the second, 2-1, to sweep
their four-game MIAA weekend series.

Adrian athletics photo by Mike Dickie

Southern Maine pounded out 32 hits over two games to sweep Keene State College, 14-1 (7 innings) and 12-3, in a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Conference. The sweep extends the Huskies current winning streak to six games and improves their overall mark to 24-8 and 9-3 in LEC play.  Veteran USM head coach Ed Flaherty picked up the 997th and 998th wins of his career and has a chance tomorrow of becoming the 11th coach in NCAA Division III history to win 1,000 games when the Huskies host MIT for a doubleheader. Keene State had its losing streak extended to four games falling to 14-18 overall and 4-8 in the conference.

It could not be a more fitting end of the regular season for eight seniors on the Centenary (La.) squad. In their final home games of their collegiate career, the Diamond Gents (22-13, 13-2 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) with the winner of the three game series to decide the SCAC Regular Season Championship and the top seed in the upcoming Conference Tournament. Centenary drew first blood with a 6-4 win in the opener oin Saturday. Trinity came back to force the decision of wh wins the conference with a 5-3 vicoty in 13 innings.

Nationally-ranked Christopher Newport earned a share of the program's first ever Capital Athletic Conference regular season title with a doubleheader sweep over Wesley (10-23, 4-14) on Senior Day at Captains Park. The Captains dominated game one, 22-2, before a walk-off extra-inning win in game two, 4-3, to tie Salisbury for the best record in the league this season. Following Saturday's doubleheader, Salisbury and Christopher Newport remain tied atop the league standings, but the Captains secured the number two seed in the coming CAC Tournament via a tiebreaker. CNU will host the #3- and #5-seeds in a three-team first round pod in next week's postseason tournament.

Playing as a true road team has been somewhat of a rare occurrence this month, with some of their scheduled away games transformed into pseudo-home games at Cougar Field. Today was one of those exceptions as Concordia-Chicago traveled to the Stuart Sports Complex in west-suburban Montgoery to take on conference rival Aurora. One thing that remained the same was the solid pitching, both starting and relieving, as the Cougars improved their winning streak to six with 9-2 and 6-4 wins over the Spartans.

Salisbury swept its doubleheader against Capital Athletic Conference opponent Penn State University-Harrisburg at Sea Gull Baseball Stadium, 11-3 and 14-3, respectively. With the sweep, the team locks up the No. 1 seed in next week's CAC tournament. Game two starting Pitcher Connor Reeves (11-3) continued his successful season by tossing one of his best games of the year. He allowed only one base runner – a second-inning walk – through his first six innings of work, and didn't allow a Lion hit until the second at-bat of the seventh inning. He exited the game in the ninth inning with 10 strikeouts, a walk, and two hits.

Fourth-ranked Randolph-Macon defeated No. 13 Roanoke 12-0 Saturday afternoon in the opening game of an ODAC Senior Day doubleheader on Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park to secure its first ODAC regular-season crown since 1987. The Yellow Jackets (28-5-1, 17-3 ODAC) will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ODAC Tournament. R-MC will host eighth-seeded Bridgewater in a best-of-three series next weekend to begin the tourney. Specific dates and times will be determined early next week. The Maroons (27-9, 15-5) won the nightcap 11-3.

The Texas Lutheran Bulldogs collected 13-1 and
14-1 road wins Saturday afternoon over Austin
to complete a three-game conference series
sweep over the 'Roos. At Baker Field in Sherman,
Texas, both games ended after seven innings
due to the 10-run rule.

Texas Lutheran athletics photo

Thanks to a tremendous pitching performance from Perley Provost in game two, Denison improved to 11-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference after they split a doubleheader with the nation's second-ranked team in the College of Wooster on Senior Day, losing game one, 4-3, before rebounding in game two for a 4-2 win. Following a tough loss in the first game, Denison looked to their staff ace, Provost, to keep the Wooster bats at bay, and that's exactly what he did. In 8.2 innings of work, the senior allowed two runs on nine hits while tallying one strikeout to keep his record clean at 8-0 on the season.

Keystone locked up the top seed in the upcoming Colonial States Athletic Conference tournament by sweeping Cairn. Senior pitcher Troy Terzi allowed just four hits and junior Dakota McFadden finished with two hits and three RBIs as the Giants downed the Highlanders, 4-1, in the opener. Sophomores Alejandro Monteverde and Nick Carlini each belted a home run as Keystone took the nightcap, 17-0. The Giants have now won 11 straight games to improve to 26-7 overall and 14-0 in the conference. The losses drop Cairn to 16-14 overall and 5-7 in the CSAC. In the second game, Monteverde and sophomore Adam Kelly finished with three hits apiece and McFadden had two hits and scored twice. McFadden also got the start on the mound and went six innings and allowed just two hits to improve his record to 6-1.

No. 3 UW-Whitewater defeated UW-Platteville 14-3 and 7-6 in consecutive games in a WIAC doubleheader in Platteville, Wis. In the first game, the Warhawks (20-4 overall, 12-2 WIAC) out-hit the Pioneers, 13-4, recorded no errors and ended the game after eight innings due to run rule. Senior pitcher Heath Renz tossed the first six innings and collected 12 strikeouts and the win to improve to 7-1. In the second game, junior pitcher Sam Heilenbach tossed the first six and 2/3 innings and registered eight strikeouts.  Sophomore Riley Gruetzmacher finished the game and posted two strikeouts for his first victory of the year.

Just days after sweeping 25th-ranked UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout split with 11th ranked UW-Oshkosh at Copeland Park in La Crosse. The Blue Devils (8-17, 5-9 WIAC) outhit the Titans (21-6, 8-4 WIAC) in the opener with eight different players getting at least one hit, collecting 14 hits to Oshkosh's 11. But getting those runners home tended to be an issue as Stout stranded 11 runners in a 7-2 loss. Jordan Wilson served notice in the second game that Blue Devils would be coming home as he led off the game with a home run to center field. UW-Stout changed things around and scored their runners on base to the tune of a 6-5 win.

Kean split with The College of New Jersey, ensuring a playoff spot in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament which begins on Tuesday. Christopher Rossi earned the complete game one win. Rossi (3-2) allowed four earned runs and seven hits while walking four and striking out four. TCNJ game two starting pitcher Brandon Zachary threw another gem on the mound, as he went 9 innings with one earned run and four strike outs. The game was tied up 2-2 after nine innings, and Nickolas Kleftogiannis threw two hitless innings to shut down the Cougars in the 10th and 11th. In the 12th inning the Lions gained the lead, as Ryan Fischer stole third, and was able to score on an error.

No. 18 La Roche clinched at least a share of the
AMCC Regular Season Title after sweeping
Pitt-Bradford 11-8, 19-4 on Saturday afternoon.
The Redhawks can earn the conference
championship outright with a victory tomorrow
against Alfred State
.
La Roche athletics photo

William Paterson (23-13, 9-8 NJAC) bounced back from an opening 21-10 loss at No. 6 Rowan (28-8, 11-6 NJAC) to earn a 7-6, 10-inning victory in the night cap, and with it, a bid to the upcoming New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Tournament. With one regular-season game remaining April 29, William Paterson is tied for fifth place in the league standings. The top six teams qualify for the double-elimination NJAC Tournament that begins Tuesday, May 1, on the campuses of the top three seeds. Kean will host the remainder of the event Friday-Sunday, May 4-6. In game onee the Profs jumped out early, racking up 10 runs during their first two at-bats behind 10 hits, an error, four walks, a hit by pitch and three wild pitches. Rowan tacked on five in the fifth and two in the sixth for a 17-0 advantage, before the Pioneers scored seven but it was not enough in a 11 run win for the Profs.

Virginia Wesleyan split with No. 14 Shenandoah on its final day of the regular season at Kenneth R. Perry Field. The Marlins used a walk off effort in the 11th to secure a 6-5 victory in game one before falling, 7-5, in a tight battle during game two. With the results, the Marlins finish the regular season with a 25-12 record, going 15-5 in conference action. The 15 conference wins for the Marlins are the most in nine years.

No. 25 UW-Stevens Point (20-8, 12-4) took full advantage of playing at home with five home runs in the first home games of the season to sweep visiting Illinois Tech (12-18, 3-11). UWSP won game one, 11-2, and completed the sweep with a 5-2 win in game two. Ryan Stanicek belted two home runs, one in each game, for UWSP. He also doubled, drew two walks and stole a base on the day. Freshman Payton Nelson hit his first career home run and totaled three extra-base hits on the day. He drove in three and scored twice. Fellow freshman Aaron Simmons also blasted his first career home run. He went 3-for-4 in game one with three RBI and two runs scored. Tommy Duddleston had four hits on the day and scored a run in each game. Kyle Mrozinski had three hits and drove in three for the Pointers.

Sophomore Tyler Brown threw six scoreless innings and junior Geoff Kayo went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Plymouth State University baseball team to a 6-2 win over #5 University of Massachusetts Boston in game two of a Little East Conference (LEC) doubleheader at Panther Park on Saturday. The Beacons held off PSU for a 12-8 win in game one. With the split the Panthers go to 13-15 overall and 5-7 in the Little East. The game two win assures Plymouth State will qualify for the six-team, LEC Tournament in two weeks. Additionally, PSU has now topped three nationally-ranked opponents this spring. UMass-Boston improves to 27-7 and 10-2 in conference play and needs a sweep of Rhode Island College or one loss by Southern Maine on Friday to earn the top seed and right to host the tournament.

Franklin celebrated Senior Day at John P. McDowell Field in the best way possible – with two more wins over a conference opponent. Game one saw the Grizzlies (31-2, 13-1 HCAC) walk it off against the Lions (13-19, 4-9 HCAC) with a bases loaded free pass in a 2-1 win. The Grizzlies jumped out to a massive lead in game two, using an eight-run second inning to set the tone for an 11-1 win. The sweep gives the Grizzlies 11 straight wins, matching a season-best winning streak. Seniors Frank Podkul and Ryan Erlandson had three hits each with Erlandson collecting the game-winning RBI in game one. Additionally, the Blaine, Minn.-native became the program's single-season record holder for walks in a year, drawing four free passes on the day to give him 43 for the year.

In the final regular season series of the season, Piedmont and Methodist split a doubleheader. The Monarchs took the first game 5-2 but Piedmont earned an 8-6 win in game two. The first game was tight throughout but Methodist scored three in the bottom of the eighth to earn the victory. Piedmont led throughout but the Monarchs made it a closer contest scoring two in the bottom of the ninth but Buddy Green was able to shut it down and earn the save to preserve the win.