NJCU gets program record in Tuesday action

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The North Central seniors have celebrated a
CCIW regular season title for the last four years.
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The NJAC tournament opened on Tuesday and a marquee pitching matchup between Rowan and Rutgers-Camden quickly turned into an offensive display for the homestanding Profs as they cruised past Rutgers-Camden, 14-2 in the first round of the NJAC Championship Tournament. No 9. TCNJ also found the going easy with a 9-0 win over William Paterson. Joe Cirillo scattered nine hits in the shutout win. He allowed no walks and struck out four. The closet game of the three openers was between Ramapo and Kean. Ramapo opened with two runs in the first and by the eight inning, the Cougars fought their way back only to see single runs in the final two frames give the Roadrunners a 4-3 victory.

Oswego State put on an offensive show with 17 runs during the third inning of a 34-12 victory over St. John Fisher. The margin of victory was even more impressive since the Cardinals entered the game as the top-ranked team in the New York Region while the Lakers were sitting in third. The team improves their record to 22-11 while Fisher falls to 25-11. A new Oswego program record of 34 runs scored in a game was achieved in a four-run eighth inning. The previous mark of 31 runs scored was set during the 2001 season in a 31-3 win over Medaille College.

Sophomore Dean Streich shut down the Wheaton (Mass.) offense for four strong innings to buy the Corsairs time to mount a three-run comeback as the UMass Dartmouth defeated the Lyons, 5-4, at Sidell Stadium. Josh O'Neil went 3-for-4 at the dish, encoring his perfect four-hit game two performance. The senior has scored a run in each of the past four games and seven of the past eight.

Hilbert swept the Buffalo Cup and AMCC doubleheader over cross town rival, Medaille this afternoon at McCarthy Park. The Hawks held on for an 8-7, 8th inning win and stayed on top in the night cap claiming a 3-2 victory in 7-innings. After today's double win over Medaille, their second sweep in three seasons, the Hawks assured themselves a spot in the AMCC post-season tourney for the second time and they established a new AMCC win record improving to 8-8. Their night cap win also tied the program's most wins in a season, and with two league games remaining, they have a chance to break another record tomorrow. Winfred Nelson made his mark known today, earning both game winning RBIs which ultimately extended the Hawks season this weekend into play-offs.

Sophomore Cole Grinde went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI in his first start at first base this season as No. 3 Randolph-Macon defeated fifth-ranked Christopher Newport 5-3 on Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park. The Yellow Jackets (29-5-1) downed the Captains (31-8) for the second time this season. R-MC posted an 11-6 victory on March 1 in Newport News. CNU out-hit R-MC 10-9, but stranded 12 as the Yellow Jackets never trailed in the contest.

Junior Jake Dexter was 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI and earned his 11th save of the season as No. 18 Southern Maine Huskies extended their win streak to seven games with a 5-2 win over the Bowdoin Polar Bears in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Ed Flaherty Field. With the win, Southern Maine is now 25-8 overall and 12-1 at home this season.  The win marked the 999th career win for Hall of Fame coach Ed Flaherty in his 33rd season with the Huskies.  Flaherty is in line to become just the 11th coach in NCAA Division III history to reach the 1000 win milestone with five games remaining in the regular season.

The Spalding Golden Eagles earned their 30th win on the season topping Thomas More, 16-14, in Crestview Hills, Ky. Thomas More scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Golden Eagles lead to one run. However, SU answered with a five-run top of the ninth to widen the margin to six runs. 

St. Scholastica swept Northland with a score in game one of 19-2 with the mercy rule ending things after eight innings. Game two ended in similar fashion, with a score of 20-3 after seven innings. Aaron Weber was 6-for-7 on the day for the SaintsSteven Neutzling extended his reached base streak to 62 games.

NJCU has now won 38 games in the last two
seasons-also a single-season record for a two-
year stretch. The Gothic Knights tie the 1986
through 1988 teams for the most wins in a
three-year period (53) and the current senior
class has won 70 games since 2015.

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The Gothic Knights scored six runs in the sixth inning and received a key three-run homer by junior second baseman Tom Pulcine in the seventh inning for some much-needed insurance as NJCU defeated Ursinus, 11-9, in a non-conference historic game at Thomas Field. The win is the 20th of the season for NJCU (20-18)-breaking the single-season record of 19 victories set in 1986 and previously matched in 1995 and 2005. Pulcine was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, three runs scored and his first homer as a Gothic Knight and senior first/third baseman Dan Berardi drew within three RBIs of the career century mark, driving in four runs (2-for-5, 1 run). Senior left-handed pitcher Mike Ramirez, who was the winning pitcher, batted 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Webster stepped out of SLIAC play for the final time this season here and took both ends of a doubleheader against Benedictine at Duffy Bass Field on the campus of Illinois State. The 24th-ranked Gorloks opened the doubleheader with a 5-1 win and then posted a 4-1 victory in the nightcap to extend its win streak to 17 consecutive games and improve its record to 31-7 on the year. The 31 wins marks the ninth 30 win campaign for the Gorloks in school history and the first since 2015. In fact, Webster has won 30 or more games seven times in the last nine seasons. Both of Tuesday's games were seven inning games.

No. 2 ranked UW-Whitewater posted a double-digit scoring output for the fourth straight game and the sixth time in its last seven contests in a 22-4 triumph over St. Norbert in a non-conference affair at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium. The Warhawks (24-4 overall) recorded season highs in both runs (22) and hits (22) and tied the fourth-highest scoring output in one game in program history. A total of 12 different players collected at least one hit in the effort.

Mitchell ended the regular season with an 11-9 comeback victory at Becker at Rochdale Park. The Mariners fell into an early 6-0 hole but rallied back to plate 11 runs over the final seven innings. Kyle Hartenstein led the way by going 4-for-6 with a double and a home run while Garet Griffin added three hits and knocked in three runs. Griffin also hit his team-leading sixth homer of the season, giving him four in the past five games. With the win, Mitchell improved to 27-8 overall and clinched sole possession of first place in the NECC standings with a 15-3 record. The Mariners have earned the right to host the upcoming NECC Championship on May 4-6.

Middlebury received a strong start from Colin Waters, as the Panthers picked up a 6-3 win over Union (25-7) on Forbes Field. The Dutchmen rallied in the ninth with three runs on three hits but the six run hole was too much to overcome. Alan Guild finished the game 2-4 with a homer and four RBI, while Brooks Carroll was 2-4 with a double.

Wooster, which earlier in the day was announced as the new No. 1 team in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top-25 Poll, pulled ahead over host Otterbein on sophomore Harry Witwer-Dukes' third-inning home run, and the Fighting Scots stayed in control the rest of the way for an eventual 9-5 win in a battle between conference leaders at Fishbaugh Field in Westerville, Ohio. Junior Jacob Stuursma was dinged by a Chris Sparks pitch to start the game, and senior Jacob Fling picked a good time to stroke his 250th career hit, which came in the form of a RBI two-bagger for the early 1-0 lead. Fling, the first Scot (31-5, 13-1 NCAC) to reach 250 career base knocks since W Association Hall of Famer Jake Frank in 2005, is just the fifth player in program history to reach the prestigious milestone.

Henry DeCaster threw a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts to lead St. Thomas to a 5-1 win over host Macalester in game one of Tuesday's MIAC baseball twinbill in St. Paul. Ryan Zimmerman was also effective on the mound in game two to lead an 8-2 victory for a Tommie sweep. St. Thomas (16-12 overall, 11-3 MIAC) has won 10 of its lat 11 conference games and sits atop the standings with six games left. Bethel (12-4) and St. John's (9-3) are both one game back, and face the Tommies in the coming five days. Eleven different Toms had at least one hit in the doubleheader. Jake Smith reached base five times on the day with three hits, three runs and two walks. His two-run home run sparked the game-one victory. Ryan Lust, Adam Krajewski, Evan Kolker, Logan Kohorst and Avery Lehmaneach had a multi-hit game. Lust had a hit or run in nine consecutive games.

Keuka split a NEAC doubleheader with Wellls at Kuhl Field. Wells defeated the Wolves 9-8 in extra innings in game one, but Keuka (16-13, 9-4 NEAC) rebounded for the 12-9 victory in game two. Keuka College is now 3-1 all-time against Wells. The loss in game one snapped Keuka's four-game winning streak in extra-inning games.

Juniors Connor Gill and Nicholas Browne both homered as visiting Babson stretched its winning streak to seven games with a 6-3 victory at Salem State in non-conference action. Babson, which is third in the NCAA regional rankings, improves to 28-10 overall, while Salem State drops to 19-17 with its fourth loss in the last five contests. Sophomore Matthew Valente had two hits and senior Ryan Arena, junior Eric Jaun and sophomore Aidan Scott all doubled for the Beavers. Sophomore Alex Luka, who improved to 2-0 with the win, and senior Teddy Carey both tossed two scoreless innings, while junior Max Tannenbaum closed the door in the ninth for his first save.