WNEC starts season with win

Western New England defeated Farmingdale State 9-2 today in the home opener and first game of the 2011 Farmingdale State Baseball Tournament.  Western New England was led by junior first baseman Mike Taylor who was 3-for-4 with one run batted in. For Farmingdale State, Terrence Bohonan went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Rams will host five teams from the Northeast this weekend. Joining Western New England is Rensselaer, St. Joseph's (L.I.), Keene State, and Cortland State. In the late game on Friday Bobby Doyon was 3-for-5 with a double to lead Keene State over St. Joseph's (L.I.) 7-1.

Juniors Mike Russo and Julian Diaz combined for today’s shutout of visiting Brockport State as no. 2 Kean won by the final of 3-0 in non-conference action. Diaz earned the win in relief.  He (2-0) tossed the final five innings allowing just two hits while fanning six.   Russo started the game and tossed four innings allowing one hit and two walks while striking out four.

No. 4 Shenandoah ran its season-opening winning streak to 10 games with a 15-0 USA South Conference victory over N.C. Wesleyan. For Shenandoah, it is the second straight contest it has stopped early due to the USA South Conference mercy rule.

Washington (Mo.) pounded out a season-high 13 hits but it was not enough as the Bears suffered a 16-10 loss to No. 5 UW-Whitewater at Kelly Field. UW-Whitewater, the 2005 NCAA Division III National Champion, outscored the Bears 27-11 in the two-game sweep and pounded out 28 hits. The Warhawks had 16 hits in the game two win on Friday.

Eleventh ranked Texas-Tyler opened a three game series at Texas Lutheran in Seguin with a 10-4 victory on Friday afternoon. Jake Beam went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead the Patriots to their 12th-straight win. Kory Cleveland went seven innings and gave up just two earned runs to improve to 3-0 on the year.

Matt June singled and scored in the first and drove in a run in the second in Cortland State's 2-1 win.
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Senior Michael Mahay tossed a two-hitter over six innings and no. 16 Cortland State held off rallies in the final three frames as the Red Dragons defeated Staten Island, 2-1, in a non-league matchup. Mahay struck out one, walked one and gave up one run for his second win in as many decisions this season. He outdueled Pat Gale, who gave up five hits and three walks, struck out nine and allowed two runs in seven innings.

Hendrix prevailed for two wins in its home opener against cross-town foe Central Baptist on Friday. The two teams battled through scattered showers all afternoon at Warrior Field. Senior lefty Jordan Suydam pitched 5.0 quality innings to lead Hendrix to a 4-2 win in the opener, his first victory of the season. Suydam struck out five batters and allowed just three hits. In the nigthcap, the Warriors exploded for 13 runs on nine hits. First year Thomas Weber went 4-for-4, including a home run to lead Warriors.

Ithaca hammered previously unbeaten Mount St. Vincent 17-1 to open the 2011 season. Three Bomber pitchers combined on a two-hitter and Ithaca's offense pounded out 20 hits. The Bombers had nine players drive in at least one run and 10 different players score a run in the win.

Junior first baseman Jon Cavender ripped a two-out, base-clearing triple in the bottom of the eighth to secure Redlands' 4-1 victory over Occidental. Cavender's crushing hit finally broke a 1-1 tie during today's SCIAC showdown against the Tigers.

Old Westbury pitchers combined for a 4-0 shutout season opening victory over the Plattsburgh State Cardinals at Baseball Heaven on Friday. In Rod Stephan’s debut as the Panther skipper, old Westbury's win marked their first season opening win since 2003. Anthony Orsano went 3-for-4 with three singles and Chris DeGennaro banged out a pair of singles for the Panthers.

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