UW-Stevens Point rights ship with sweep

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With the SCAC regular season in hand, Centenary
will host the upcoming SCAC Toutnament.
Centenary (La.) athletics photo by Curt Youngblood

After an impressive outing for the UW-Stevens Point in day one of the series against Illinois Tech, the Pointers finished off the series sweep of the Scarlet Hawks on Sunday. The Pointers won game one, 3-0, and 3-1 in the second game with serious backing from starting pitchers Cole Erikson and Nathan Mulzer. Erikson earned his sixth win of the season with the complete game three-hit shutout. He struck out eight batters and did not walk a batter. In the second game, Mulzer recorded a career-best 13 strikeouts. He scattered four hits and walked two in 8.0 innings pitched.

Prior to the 2018 season, banners were put up on the outfield wall of Shehee Stadium to honor the Diamond Gents and their recent SCAC championships. It did not take long for another one to be needed. In a winner-take-all series finale with the #1 ranked team in the nation, the Gents rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to score nine of the last 10 runs of the ballgame as Centenary (24-14, 15-3 SCAC) knocked off Trinity (33-7, 14-4 SCAC) 9-3 on Sunday afternoon. The win gave Centenary its third SCAC Regular Season Championship in the last four seasons. Winning its second consecutive title, the Gents have spent less than 48 hours in the last two seasons in the top spot in the conference.

Methodist bolstered its case for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament with a 4-2 win over Piedmont in its season finale on Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Shelley Field. The 19th-ranked Monarchs wrap up regular season play with a record of 32-12 and took 2 of 3 from Piedmont (30-14), a team which sat two spots ahead of Methodist in the initial NCAA Regional Rankings published earlier this week.

Senior Drew Tornow sparked second-ranked Wooster with a leadoff triple during a decisive three-run eighth inning in game one, and Fighting Scots' first-year Andrew Hill fired six innings of three-hit shutout baseball in the nightcap of Sunday's sweep over Capital University at Art Murray Field. Wooster opened with a 7-4 win and took game two 11-6, with the latter contest giving the ball club 30 wins on the year.

No. 20 Marietta swept a key nonconference doubleheader from No. 12 Case Western Reserve at Don Schaly Stadium. The Pioneers won the first game, 6-5, and then took the nightcap, 6-3. Game one ended with a "Balk Off" as Case Western relief pitcher Liam Killingstad was called for a balk with the bases loaded allowing Marietta pinch runner Isaac Danford to score the winning run. Trent Castle was the hero in game two crushing a three-run home run, one of three hits in the game, in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the Pioneers ahead of Case Western, 6-3.

Rockford trailed only one inning but that was
enough for Concordia-Chicago to get a split with
Roclkford on Sunday.

Rockford athletics photo

The Rockford University baseball team (15-17, 9-6 NACC) took another step closer to securing a spot in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament on Sunday when the Regents split their two games with tenth-ranked Concordia University Chicago (27-9, 14-4 NACC). Rockford played two very strong games against the first-place Cougars, as the Regents trailed for just one inning the entire day. Rockford was in control for the vast majority of the opener and picked up an impressive 5-2 win before falling late in game two by a final score of 7-6.

No. 18 La Roche earned the outright AMCC Championship and #1 seed in the upcoming AMCC Tournament after sweeping Alfred State 2-1, 5-0 on Senior Day. Jon Spina walked it off in game one while Ethan Lewis, Jake Seymour, Jesse Savisky, and Shane Emrich combined for a game two shutout. Dylan Urban stole his twenty-eighth base of the year to crack the AMCC's top 10 single seasons ever.

No. 3 UW-Whitewater downed UW-Platteville, 17-0 and 10-8, in a WIAC doubleheader Sunday afternoon in Platteville, Wis. UW-Whitewater (22-4 overall, 14-2 WIAC) maintained its first-place standing in the conference by two games in the loss column over second-place UW-Stevens Point. The Warhawks out-hit the Pioneers 20-6 in the first game, including home runs from junior Nick Schrader and freshman Bryan Sturdevant. The contest was shortened to seven innings due to run rule. In the ninth inning, the UW-P Pioneers posted a three-run home run to bring them within two before Riley Gruetzmacher entered the game and closed out the four-game sweep.

Rowan ended the regular season with a 5-2 win over New Jersey City University.  The Gothic Knights were scheduled to host the game but due to field conditions, the contest was moved to the Profs' field. Left-hander Drew Ryback threw seven innings for his seventh victory (7-0). He scattered eight hits and gave up two earned runs.  Rowan has a 29-8 record with a 12-6 final New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) mark. The Profs are the fourth seed in the conference championship tournament and will play at the third seed Rutgers-Camden (24-13) on Tuesday.