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UW-La Crosse's Alex Brown scored twice and drove in five to put to an end St. Thomas's 12 game win streak.
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Two top-10 ranked teams. Two programs that placed third and second, respectively in the last two national tournaments. The final result? A doubleheader split Wednesday in St. Paul for No. 9-ranked UW-La Crosse and No. 10-ranked St. Thomas. The Eagles rapped seven consecutive hits to start the first inning, went on to score six runs in the frame, and cruised to a 14-6 win in the opener. The Tommies built a six-run inning of their own in game two erasing a 3-0 deficit with six runs in the fourth inning  as St. Thomas held on to win 8-4.

Case Western Reserve swept a doubleheader against Oberlin at Nobby's Ballpark, winning the first game 11-4 and the second game 17-0, as the Spartans ran their winning streak to a season-long eight games. Mike Najmowicz drove in eight runs over the two games, including four on a grand slam in the first inning of the first game, his team-leading fourth home run of the season.

No. 4 Oswego State clicked on all cylinders in a 26-0 victory over Cazenovia at Laker Baseball Field. That score was the largest margin of victory in at least the last 15 seasons and Oswego's 26 runs is the most since a 25-4 win over Utica on May 6, 2009.  At the plate, the Lakers accumulated 26 runs, 25 of which were driven in, on 28 hits, 11 of which were of the extra-base variety. On the mound, the domination was much of the same, as six Lakers combined to allow just three hits and zero runs over nine innings.

Maine-Farmington righthander tossed a complete game shutout for a 5-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader with conference rival Thomas. The Beavers split the doubleheader by falling in the first game, 4-2. Leahy only surrendered four hits in the outing, which all came in the first four innings before retiring the final 13 batters he faced.

Scranton took an early lead thanks to a big first inning, but DeSales had the final say, outslugging the Royals for an 18-10 victory at Connell Park. Scranton led 6-2 after an inning and 7-3 after two, but DeSales scored six times in the fourth, three in the sixth and five more in the seventh to take control. The game featured a combined 31 hits, including eight for extra bases, and DeSales won despite committing five errors.

Drew Worth went six innings and scattered two hits to earn the win for the Blue Devils.
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Drew Worth and Brett Steinwagner combined to allow three hits as UW-Stout bounced back from a series opening loss to down Northland 6-0 in the second game of a doubleheader. The Lumberjacks won the opener, 4-2. 

Waynesburg traveled north up I-79 for an important Presidents' Athletic Conference doubleheader with Washington & Jefferson. The Yellow Jackets combined outstanding pitching with just enough offense to record the sweep. Luke Carter was the star in the opener, tossing a complete-game 2-0 shutout. Waynesburg gave Derek Whalen his first start of the season, and he responded by leading the Jackets to a 2-1 victory in the late contest.

Dan Mantoni went 2-for-4 with two RBI's as the Beacons of UMass Boston defeated the Vikings of Salem State 7-5 at the Central Campus Baseball Field.

Castleton never trailed on the way to a sweep of New England College, beating the Pilgrims 15-4 and 10-4 in North Atlantic Conference action. The Spartans stretched their winning streak to 12 games, matching the longest in program history, most recently equaled in 2012. Castleton also scored at least five runs for the 12th consecutive game.

St. Scholastica took both games of a doubleheader against Bridge Rival UW-Superior in a battle of Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in a battle of unbeatens. Steven Neutzling and Drew Colvard have now reached base safely in 31 consecutive games.

Earlham did something not seen in recent memory. The Quakers came back from a 10-run deficit to defeat Wabash 13-12 in non-conference action at Sadler Stadium. Trailing 12-7 entering the bottom of the ninth the Quakers scored six runs to get the walk-off win.

Mount Union got a couple solid pitching performances along with some clutch hitting to sweep Muskingum 5-4 and 13-5 in an OAC series at 23rd Street Field. Noah Skaldan allowed just a run on four hits over the first six innings in game one. In game two, Muskingum would score four runs on five hits in the first inning but Darren Kroilkowski would come out of the pen in that inning and save the day as he went the final 8.1 innings allowing just four hits to get his first win of the season.

Keystone pounded out 19 hits including three home runs as the Giants blasted their way to a 17-2 victory over Widener at Christy Mathewson Field. Keystone lifts its record to 21-6 this spring with their largest offensive output of the year. Randy Torres and Nate Ross drove in five runs apiece while Chris Triano added four RBIs to lead Keystone’s offense. Ross and Louis Reyes had four hits apiece while Torres scored four runs in the victory. 

Bethel fought a long, hard battle in downtown St. Paul on into night as the split a series with Hamline. The Royals started off hot in game one holding the Pipers to just one run until the seventh inning. Despite the late-game rally, Bethel still won by a final score of 10-3. That momentum couldn't carry over into the second game, as Bethel fell to the Pipers 13-9.

Delaware Valley shut out Valley Forge, 18-0 in eight innings on Wednesday. The game was ended early due to darkness. Wayne Kinsey led DelVal with three hits (five at-bats), two triples, four RBI and one run scored. Nate Cummings was two-for-three with a triple, three RBI and two runs scored.

Senior Nick Pezzella and freshman Tyler Buckley drove in four runs each to pace the offense as Trinity (Conn.) knocked off the Gordon Fighting Scots, 11-5, in Hartford. Trinity wins its second game in a row. Freshman Sam Warren went four innings and scattered three runs on eight hits to earn his first collegiate win on the mound for Trinity.

Bobby Klatt was one of six Crusader pitchers to see action on Wednesday.
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Susquehanna picked up its 22nd win of the season and ninth victory in the past 10 games with their 8-1 win over Albright. SU pounded out 12 hits, seven of which went for extra bases, including a homer off the bat of Mark Weaver in what marked his first career hit. The Crusaders used 24 players in the game, including six pitchers who combined to give up just one run on four hits.

Wesleyan (Conn.) took on Division 1 Yale University at Yale Field, and were defeated by the Bulldogs, 15-2. Yale opened up to an early 7-0 lead in the first and extened their advantage to 12-0 through five to put the win out of reach of the Cardinals.

Heidelberg rode a 10-run first inning to a dominating 16-5 win at Defiance. The Student Princes pounded out 16 hits in the victory while freshman Mason Goodwin picked up his first career win on the mound.

Allegheny completed a non-conference season sweep of Penn State-Behrend, coming back from an early 3-1 deficit to defeat the Lions, 10-4, from the Behrend Diamond. Allegheny picked up its second victory over Penn State-Behrend in 12 days by bashing 15 hits and allowing just one unearned run with a barrage of relievers.

King's (Pa.) erupted for 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 21-2 win over Summit at Lipo Field in Wilkes-Barre. The Monarchs scored in the first at-bats for the 15th time this season and after their 10 runs today are outscoring their opponents 48-13 in the first inning. Tom Gibbons had four hits in six at-bats with two runs scored and two RBIs. Sean McKee had three hits with two RBIs and scored five times.

Mike Kochiss delivered a two-run double with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to give the visiting Endicott Gulls a 6-5 victory over No. 18 Southern Maine at the USM Baseball Stadium. It was déjà vu for the Huskies who dropped a 4-3 decision to the Gulls on March 30. Down to their final out, the Gulls got a single from Michael DeDonato and walk to Anthony Serina to set the stage for Kochiss. Kochiss greeted USM rookie reliever Jake Dexter with a deep drive to right field to bring DeDonato and Serina across the plate to give the Gulls the lead. Senior Davarn Nova, the last of eight Endicott pitchers used in the game, retired the Huskies in order in the bottom of the ninth to earn his fifth win of the season.