Season opening sweeps the rule on Sunday

Penn State Behrend defeated Ursinus 3-2 and 4-2 in a doubleheader to start the season in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon. The Lions played solid defense and got good pitching performances from Ryan Jacobs and Mike Moyer. In game one, Jacobs struck out 10 batters in 6.2 innings pitched. In game two, Moyer picked up where Jacobs left off.  Moyer threw five scoreless innings before giving up one in the sixth.

Evan Brockmeier collected four hits in six at bats and dove in three runs.
Marietta photo by Larry Kave.

The top-ranked Marietta swept the three-game series from Rhodes with a convincing 14-1 victory. The Pioneers scored 13 runs in the first three innings and cruised to the victory. The lone Lynx run of the game was a solo home run by sophomore first baseman Patrick Kilkenny in the bottom of the second inning.

Wesley and Salisbury split a doubleheader at Bob Reed Field. The Wolverines took the opener, 4-3 before the Sea Gulls took game two 9-3. DJ Keckler went the distance on the mound for Wesley in the opener allowing three unearned runs on eight hits while striking out eight. Trailing, 3-2, in game two, sophomore Bill Root started a seven run rally to secure the Sunday split. Junior Danny Druzgala pitched a perfect sixth with a strikeout to pick up his first collegiate win.

Three Centre pitchers combined to limit Defiance to one run on six hits over two games as the Colonels swept a doubleheader from the Yellow Jackets at Gary Wright Field in Danville, Ky. Centre capped an undefeated week with a pair of wins (1-0 and 7-1) led by a pitching staff, which allowed only five runs in 32.0 innings with 37 strikeouts.

Moravian defeated nationally-ranked #10 Heidelberg, 5-2, in the Snowbird Classic in Florida. Senior pitcher Brendan Close pitched a complete game while striking out six and only allowing one earned run.

Jaed Van Hoon connected on 1-1 pitch that bounced just out of the reach of Linfield shortstop for Pacific's winning hit.
Pacific photo by Jim Rowland

Jared Van Hoon’s two-out bases loaded single up the middle capped an incredible late innings rally as the Boxers rebounded from four runs down to stun No. 2 ranked Linfield, 7-6, in NWC action at Chuck Bafaro Stadium.  The stunning win marks the first time that the Boxers have taken a series from Linfield since 2001. It is the first time Linfield has lost a series since the Wildcats dropped three of four games to George Fox to end the 2009 season. Van Hoon led the Boxers by going 3-for-5 with a run and three runs batted in.  He also earned the win in relief as he retired the Wildcats in order in the top of the ninth.

Edgewood bounced back from a season opening sweep to take a late night doubleheader from Augsburg at the Metrodome. The Eagles earned their first two wins of the season by identical 6-5 scores. Ryan Walker had two hits, both doubles, and two runs batted in to lead the Eagles attack. Ryan O'Dell also added a double as the first six batters in the Edgewood College lineup all had at least one hit. Ben Jennings and ZachCreekmore both had two hits for the Eagles, with Jennings knocking out a pair of doubles. Walker had two runs batted in as the Eagles had a season-best 10 hits in the game.

Misericordia used strong pitching performances from Pat Clark and Evan Robaczewski to sweep 12th-ranked Alvernia, in Fort Pierce, Florida. Misericordia won 2-1, 5-1. Clark tossed a complete game six-hitter in the opener while Robaczewski earned the win in the nightcap.
Gabe Noyalis led the attack with a double in the opener and Ryan Cacchioli had a two-run double in the second game.

CNU senior Ben Lenda plated the eventual game winner with a single over the first baseman's head.
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The fourth-ranked Christopher Newport Captains improved to 9-2 overall with a strong pitching performance, dropping Greensboro College, 2-0. The Pride falls to 7-5, despite holding the Captains potent offense to just two runs. CNU picked up its first shutout of the season, holding Greensboro to just four singles in the game. Junior starter Greg Goldsmith was impressive, tossing seven shutout innings with six strikeouts, allowing just four singles to the Pride. He picked up his first win of the year and has allowed just one earned run this season in three starts.

The 9th-ranked Trinity (Texas) Tigers earned a hard-fought 4-3 win over eleventh-ranked Chapman. In the 10th, the first two Tiger batters were retired before pinch-hitter Patrick Frasier stated the winning rally. Two batter later it was a Nick Pappas single through the left side of the infield to plate the winning run. Pat Hirschberg was 3-4 with a run scored in the game for the Tigers, while Kelly Woodruff led the team with a pair of RBI.

Freshman Trevor Breton allowed only three hits in seven innings in his collegiate debut as Western New England blanked MIT 1-0. Breton walked two and had three strikeouts in gaining his first collegiate win. Senior Mike Lawlor pitched the final two innings allowing only two hits with a walk and three strikeouts in gaining his second save of the season.

Zack Kessinger was 3-for-5 with two RBIs in Washington's win over St. Scholastica.
Washington (Mo.) photo by Mary Butkus, WUSTL Photo Services

Washington (Mo.) extended its win streak to five games with a sweep of No. 16 Buena Vista and No. 13 St. Scholastica at Kelly Field. The Bears earned a 14-10 win over the Beavers in a game that was continued from Saturday evening, before holding on for a 7-5 win over St. Scholastica. Zack Kessinger (3-for-5, two RBIs) and Matthew Polites (3-for-3, three RBIs) each had three hits apiece for Washington in the game with Buena Vista. Matt Kenahan made it through the first five innings allowing just four hits and one earned run to get the win for the Bears in their second game of the day. Brandon Rogalski earned his first save of the season by pitching 1 and 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two.

After giving away a late lead and dropping Saturday's opening game of a three-game NWC series with Willamette at John Lewis Field, Pacific Lutheran came back with a vengeance on Sunday, sweeping the Bearcats 9-6 and 11-4.

Muhlenberg spoiled Ohio Northern's opener, winning 4-3 in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. Freshman Austin Cush pitched two scoreless innings in relief to earn his first career win. Joseph Vila went 2-for-3 to raise his batting average to .522.

Senior Cory Nelson tossed a complete game seven-hitter as No. 22 Shenandoah finished off a weekend sweep against Ferrum with a 4-0 victory. Nelson struck out nine and walked just one in tossing his first career complete game for Shenandoah. Junior Tyler Easterly was nearly as good for Ferrum, but was victimized by seven errors. Shenandoah, which was held to just four hits on the day, scored three unearned runs off of those seven miscues.

Mount Union rightfielder Connor Mathis was 4-for-7 on the day in the doubleheader sweep.
Mount Union athletics photo

Mount Union opened the 2012 season with a pair of 4-3 wins against Bridgewater (Va.) in Auburndale, Fla. Solid pitching was the theme of the day for the Purple Raiders as four pitchers combined to hold Bridgewater to 10 hits over the two games.  Bridgewater's seven-game winning streak cane to an end.

Rowan swept a doubleheader over Franklin & Marshall, staying undefeated with a 6-0 record.  The game scores were 6-3 and 8-3, both in seven inning. In the first game, right-hander Steven Melchiorre was the winning pitcher. He allowed one earned run and six hits in six innings. In the nightcap, right-hander Andrew Lysy earned the win.  He gave up one earned run in four innings.

SUNY Old Westbury scored nine runs over the final three innings to erase an 11-3 deficit and defeat Southern Maine 12-11 in a non-conference game at Baseball Heaven. The win was the fifth straight for the Panthers and improved their overall record to 5-2.

The Ithaca College baseball team (2-1) shut out Oswego (0-3), winning 9-0 Sunday at the Baseball Heaven Complex. Freshman John Prendergast (Clifton Park/Shenendehowa) struck out nine Lakers in seven innings to earn the win in his first collegiate start. Senior Mike Preite (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) and freshman Vinny Gneo (Ithaca/Ithaca) both homered; Preite's home run was one of his four hits and Gneo's was the first of his career. The Bombers travel to California next week for their spring trip; they open at Chapman Sunday.

Mike Hustava contributed two doubles in the win over Clark.
St. Vincent athletics photo

The St. Vincent Bearcats opened the 2012 season with an impressive 10-2 win over Clark at Chain O' Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida. With every player hitting safely, Saint Vincent pounded out 17 hits, led by Mike Hustava who contributed two doubles and Joey Fearer who went 3-for-5 on the day.

The Cyclones offense shined in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader with three Centenary home runs to split the day with the St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn Bears. St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn let a three run lead evaporate but came up with a run in the eighth inning for an 8-7 win. The Cyclones offense dominated in game two of the doubleheader as they slugged their way to a 13-2. Mike Crowe finished the day 3-6 with five stolen bases for the Cyclones in his two games started in right field.

Andrew Traver went 3-for-4 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and six RBIs, leading the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to their first win of the season, an 8-3 romp over the visiting George Fox Bruins, in NWC action at the Huston Sports Complex.

Washington and Lee opened conference play with a doubleheader split with Emory & Henry at Cap'n Dick Smith Field. The Generals dropped the opener, 5-3, before pounding out 14 hits and drawing nine walks in winning the nightcap, 15-3, over the Wasps.