April 23, 2011

Hora throws a two-hit gem for Case

Jamie Hora allowed two hits on the opener of a doubleheader sweep of Mount Union.
Case Western Reserve sports information

Jamie Hora threw a two-hit gem in game one and Case Western Reserve swept a doubleheader with the Mount Union at Nobby's Ballpark. The Spartans won the opener, 4-1, then took game two, 5-4. For the twinbill, senior third baseman Chad Mullins was a combined 3-for-5 with a homer and four runs batted-in, adding to his nation-leading totals of 79 hits and 69 RBI. Junior outfielder Sam Alexander was 3-for-6 with a double, a triple, a home run and three RBI.

Trinity (Texas) moved on to the title game at the 2011 SCAC Championships Tournament, defeating Rhodes 4-2 at USA Baseball Stadium on Saturday afternoon. In game two, the first six batters in Hendrix's lineup recorded multiple-hit performances as the Warriors exploded for 14 hits in an 8-1 victory, eliminating DePauw from the SCAC Tournament at USA Stadium. Hendrix went on to eliminated Rhodes, 7-2 and will face Trinity (Texas) in the SCAC Championship game on Sunday.

Saturday’s scheduled games in the NEWMAC baseball tournament have been postponed due to inclement weather throughout the New England region. The tournament will continue next weekend, beginning with a pair of games on Saturday, April 30 at Wheaton (Mass.). The second seed Babson will square off against No. 3 MIT in an elimination game with the winner advancing to the Championship to face Wheaton.

With a doubleheader sweep of York (Pa.), the top-ranked Christopher Newport Captains improved to 39-5 this season, marking a new program high for wins in a season. The Captains won the first game, 5-4, and followed it up with a 10-3 victory in the second seven-inning contest. Matt Shoemaker led the way, smacking a pair of homers on the day.

Rutgers-Newark seniors Matt Connors and Patrick Reitemeyer both broke the Rutgers-Newark record for career hits earlier in the week.
Rutgers-Newark sports information

Third ranked Kean topped Rutgers-Newark by the final of 8-3 in NJAC action. While the rest of the conference was rained out, the Cougars and Scarlet Raiders managed to play one game between rain storms. Kean was led by junior Lee Cavico who was 2-for-3 with four RBI while Rutgers-Newark was led by junior Chris Ballester who was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a triple.

Zach Manley and Evan Hilberg combined to shut out the George Fox Bruins and the fifth-ranked Linfield made the most of four hits for a 3-0 victory at Roy Helser Field, sewing up the NWC baseball championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Linfield improved to 17-4 in the conference, clinching a share of their second straight conference crown.  Puget Sound, is the only team with a mathematical chance of catching the Wildcats. Puget Sound pulled  out a 6-5 win over Pacific with three runs in the bottom of the ninth in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, and the Logger pitching staff rode the momentum of the walk-off win to post a 4-1 victory in the second game and a series sweep of the Boxers.

No. 7 ranked Heidelberg utilized a four-run sixth inning to break open a tie ballgame with host Otterbein in game one of an OAC doubleheader. The Berg went on to post an 8-4 win at Fishbaugh Field in Westerville, Ohio. After nearly a two hour rain delay, Otterbein and Heidelberg battled in game two of the league doubleheader with the host Cardinals coming out on top, 4-3.

Freshman Tim Panetta singled home the tying run in the bottom of the ninth and sophomore Zack Graczyk hit the winning RBI single in the bottom of the 12th as Cortland clinched the SUNYAC regular-season title with a 7-6 victory over visiting Oneonta. The 12th ranked Cortland State Red Dragons earned the right to host the four-team SUNYAC postseason tournament May 6-8 for fifteenth straight year.

Carthage lost two-of-three games of a tripleheader with CCIW-opponent Illinois Wesleyan at Jack Horenberger Field in Bloomington, Ill.  Carthage lost the first game, 2-0, won the second contest by a 4-0 margin but lost the third game, 5-4.

Augustana suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of North Park at the Holmgren Sports Complex. The visitors battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the opener, scoring five runs in the last three innings, but couldn't hang on as North Park scored three in the ninth for a 6-5 win. In Game two, Jeremy Juhl led off game two with a homer, but that would be all the offense Augustana would get as the hosts scored five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to complete the sweep 6-1.

St. Olaf picked up a 9-4 win in game one and led 2-0 into the seventh inning of game two before Concordia-Moorhead struck for three runs, punctuated by a two-out, two-run homer by Chris Gilson, to beat the Oles 3-2 and earn a series split at Mark Almli Field.

Birmingham-Southern's Drew Leachman was voted Player of the Year, and Clay Malcolm was voted Co-Pitcher of the Year in the SCAC.
Birmingham-Southern sports information

In the last home date of the season, Birmingham-Southern swept Huntingdon, 4-1 and 15-1, at Striplin Field. The Panthers end the year at 30-9. In 2012, the Panthers will be eligible for the SCAC championship tournament and the NCAA playoffs. It was Senior Day for BSC's 16 graduating seniors, who were honored during pregame festivities. The 16 seniors are the first graduating class since the program moved to Division III in 2006 and did not field a team in 2007.

Swarthmore remained alive in the hunt for the postseason, splitting a critical doubleheader with Centennial Conference rival Franklin & Marshall from F&M's Caplan Field in the final regular-season conference games of the year.  The Garnet's playoff hopes now hinge on the results of three conference series, which have been pushed back to Monday and Tuesday due to rain.

It was a good day for the Adrian as they ran their conference record to 17-1 with a pair of wins at Hope, further distancing themselves from the second place Flying Dutchmen on their own turf. Senior Ryan Domschot took care of the pitching in game one of a battle against two of the best pitchers in the MIAA going against Hope's Adam Clements. Domschot got the best of the individual duel by going seven innings and allowing six hits in his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career. Clements also went the distance and allowed nine hits and six runs with five strikeouts.

After defeating Blackburn 14-1 late Friday evening in Fulton, Westminster completed the weekend series sweep by taking both ends of Saturday’s SLIAC home doubleheader in walk-off fashion 4-3 and 5-4. In game one, Mike Young's double was the difference maker and in game two VJ Reynolds sent his team home victorious when he deposited a Blackburn pitch over the left field fence.

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