Shenandoah, Cortland claim top seeds

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As the top seed in the upcoming ODAC tournament, Shenandoah faces the tournament's No. 6 seed on Thursday in the opening game of the tourney..
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No. 11 Shenandoah wrapped up the No. 1 seed at the upcoming ODAC Tournament for the third consecutive year by sweeping a doubleheader at Lynchburg Saturday afternoon. Shenandoah cliched the top spot with 4-1 and 8-2 victories over Lynchburg. Shenandoah has reached the 30-win mark for the fifth time in the past seven years thanks to the two victories.

No. 1 Cortland clinched the SUNYAC regular-season title and earned the right to host the four-team conference postseason tournament May 6-8 with a doubleheader sweep at fourth-ranked Oswego. The Red Dragons won the opening seven-inning game, 3-1, behind Jeff Cooke's seven-hitter, and they scored five runs in the top of the ninth to break a 2-2 tie and win the nine-inning second game, 7-2. Cortland has hosted the SUNYAC tournament every year since 1997.

The Western New England split a Commonwealth Coast Conference doubleheader with the Wentworth Institute of Technology at Trelease Park. The Golden Bears dropped the first game, 4-1, before exploding offensively in game two en route to a 16-3 triumph.

After dropping game one to No. 10 St. Thomas, 6-1, the bats for the Carleton came alive in game two, and the Knights' late-inning rally proved too much for the hosts to handle. Carleton handed St. Thomas its first MIAC loss of the season, 12-5. Willie Freimuth was one of the many offensive stars in game two, and paced the Knights with five hits on the day, including his fourth career home run.

Ramapo reversed their fortunes with a sweep of The College of New Jersey at George Ackerman Park.  TCNJ Lions came back from an early deficit in the opener, but the Roadrunners tallied four runs in the eighth inning to wrestle away a 9-7 win. In the back-end game, Ramapo scored four in the first and scored multiple runs in four different innings en route to an 11-2 win. 

No. 2 Randolph-Macon scored 41 runs to sweep a doubleheader from Emory and Henry 22-1, 19-7. Michael Trentham had six hits on the day for the Yellow Jackets, driving in seven.

Anthony Egeln hurled a five-hit shutout with five strikeouts in the first game and co-captain Scott Cullinane blasted a game-winning, two-run homer in the seventh inning of the second game to lead the Trinity Bantams to a 2-1, 6-3 doubleheader sweep against the visiting Bates Bobcats in New England Small College Athletic Conference East Division action this afternoon. Trinity won its fifth game in a row, swept the three-game weekend series against the Bobcats, and clinches its first appearance in the NESCAC Championship Tournament since 2013.

Cole Johnson was a force on the mound and at the plate helping Pacific Lutheran past Whitworth 7-3 in the Northwest Conference semi-finals. With the win, the Lutes advanced to the NWC finals on Sunday. They'll face Whitworth, a 6-5 winner over Pacific. The Lutes will only need to win once on Sunday in the double-elimination format to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Div. III tournament. Johnson pitched 7.1 innings and had a 4-for-5 day at the plate. His four hits were part of the Lutes' 18 hits on the day.

Nathan Thyssen and the rest of the Falcons had 25 hits in 14 innings played on Saturday.
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Concordia (Wisc.) had all facets of its game working as the Falcons dealt Lakeland a pair of defeats via run rules in a NACC sweep. CUW won the opener 10-0 in seven innings before taking game two by a 14-0 score, also in seven.

Walk-off gives SUNY New Paltz sweep

No. 3 UW-Whitewater split the doubleheader with UW-Oshkosh in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium.  UW-Whitewater won the first game 7-1 thanks to 10 hits and a complete-game effort by junior right-hander Mike Nompleggi UW-Oshkosh won the nightcap 8-4 with a 10-hit game of its own.

Mike Zibrin tossed eight strong innings in the opener of a New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader at Montclair State to help lift the Rutgers-Newark to a split at Yogi Berra Stadium. Zibrin and the Scarlet Raiders took the opener, 5-2, and despite a strong effort from starter Dominick Fazio in the nightcap, Rutgers-Newark fell by a score of 3-1.

Ithaca picked up a pair of Empire 8 Conference victories over Houghton on Senior Day at Freeman Field by scores of 5-1 and 8-7. Ithaca, which is now 18-12 overall and 9-3 in the Empire 8, mounted a six-run comeback in game two to secure the sweep.

No.13 Occidental started Saturday off with a forgettable outing at No. 23 Cal Lutheran in the second game of a three-game series, losing 16-6 in 8 innings. The Tigers committed three errors on their way to giving up 12 runs in the third. In the nightcap It took 11 innings and plenty of drama, as Occidental beat Cal Lutheran 4-3, winning an important series for first place 2-1 this weekend.

Thiel picked up a doubleheader sweep over the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets in Presidents' Athletic Conference action at Tomcat Park. Matt Elko dominated the Waynesburg bats in the first game of the doubleheader. Elko struck out 13 batters, tying his career-high, and only allowed two hits and a walk. Waynesburg didn't register a hit until there was one out in the top of the fifth inning. Thiel throttled a late comeback attempt by Waynesburg en route to a 9-6 victory in the second game.

UW-La Crosse earned a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep at UW-Stout at Nelson Field.  The Eagles won the opener, 13-9, and the nightcap, 14-6.

The Valiants took two games from Delaware Valley on senior day, sweeping the Aggies in the three game set and now sit one conference win away from clinching a spot in the MAC Freedom playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. Dillon Healy and Sam Garito were outstanding on the mound for the Valiants.  Healy went the distance in game one, scattering six hits and allowing just two runs while striking out seven.  In game two, Garito went five innings on the mound to earn the win, allowing one run on four hits, fanning two.

Rowan won 17-7 over William Paterson on in which game two of a scheduled doubleheader was delayed because of rain on the Profs' Senior Day. Brian Machinski  threw seven innings for the victory.  He scattered seven hits and gave up three runs, two earned. 

Cardinal's sophomore Anthony Ferlise hit his fifth home run as Catholic split with U.S. Merchant Marine.
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Catholic spilt its Landmark Conference doubleheader with the United States Merchant Marine Academy. The Cardinals fell in the first game, 7-6, while topping the Mariners, 5-1, in game two.

Elmhurst split a pair of games against Carthage, using a six-run eighth inning to take game one 11-10 before dropping game two 11-2. After leading for much of the game, the Bluejays came out on top in a wild game one 11-10. In game two, the Red Men scored early and often, earning a split with an 11-2 victory.

Connor Kennedy rapped out six hits, while fellow sophomore Logan Sullo drove in five runs as Massachusetts Maritime remained tied for the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference standings by sweeping a league doubleheader from Framingham State by scores of 9-6 in the opener and 12-7 in the nightcap in games played at Bowditch Field.

Endicott split a pair of Commonwealth Coast Conference against Nichols at the NC Baseball Field. The Gulls defeated the Bison, 5-4, in nine innings in game one before Nichols earned the split in game two with a 10-7 (seven innings) victory.

Washington & Jefferson swept Saint Vincent in a Presidents' Athletic Conference doubleheader by a score of 7-1 in the first game and 7-2 in the second. Trevor Kerr , the Presidents' game one starter, had a stellar complete-game performance, allowing only one earned run on three hits. Kerr also struck out three as he picked up the win. In the nightcap the Bearcats would attempt to rally in the seventh, but would fall short only scoring a run, 7-1.

DeSales split a road doubleheader at Eastern, taking two of three in the weekend series with the Eagles, and clinched a spot in the MAC Freedom Tournament in two weeks. Adam Donovan was outstanding in game one spinning a three-hit shutout, the first shutout of the season for the Bulldogs in the 8-0 win. Eastern used an eight six inning to take game two 8-5.

Berry upset top-seeded and No. 7 Birmingham-Southern, 11-8. The Vikings rallied from an early 4-0 deficit. Austin Haight grounded out to score Dusty Tyson for annunearned run in the sixth inning for the decisive tally. Berry tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth frame for the final 11-8 margin. The Panthers will face Millsaps, who eliminated Sewanee 7-4, in the final of the elimination bracket, with the winner needing two wins to advance to next week ends best of three series to decide the SAA tournaent champion.

Jake Glauser and Kip Richard had back-to-back two-run singles in the bottom of the eighth inning to give No 16 Southern Maine a 5-4, come-from-behind victory over the Plymouth State Panthers in the nightcap of the teams' Little East Conferenel doubleheader at the USM Baseball Stadium. Southern Maine won the opener 10-0 in eight innings behind the brilliant three-hit pitching of senior Shyler Scates and a 12-hit attack to sweep the doubleheader.