Occidental piles up wins

More news about: Babson | Occidental | Wheaton (Mass.)

Brady Fuller has been one of Occidental's most valuable players at the top of the lineup. In conference games, he is hitting .390 with a .500 on base percentage.
Occidental athletics photo

Brady Fuller got the walk-off hit in the ninth as No. 12 Occidental moved one step closer to its first SCIAC Championship with a 2-1 win over Whittier at Anderson Field on Sunday. Devon DeRaad broke his own single season home run record with three bombs as Occidental went on to defeat Caltech 11-1 and clinched its first SCIAC Championship since 1982.

Dan Southerland struck out five in an eight-inning appearance while Joey Santigate batted 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a pair of runs scored as third-seeded Wheaton (Mass.) claimed the NEWMAC Championship best-of-three semifinal series with a 7-2 game three victory over second-seeded WPI at Clark's Granger Field. They will face Babson, a 16-13 winner over top seeded MIT.

Neil Marshall doubled with one out in the seventh and scored one batter later on Brandon Wessels home run to left to help lift Buena Vista to a 5-4 victory in the opener of Sunday's doubleheader.  He also doubled in a run as BVU completed the sweep with a 2-0 victory in game two. Marshall surpasses the previous mark of 13 doubles in a season set back in 2010 by Dubuque's Andrew Danna and BVU's Brandon Pietrzyk.

Ryan Healy went 3-for-6 with a double, a home run, three runs, and three RBI to lead the visiting Brandeis Judges to a 16-4 victory over the Trinity Bantams. Brandeis has won 10 of their last 11 games.

Cody Walker set the program saves record in his final appearance at Roy Helser Field as Linfield capped off the 2016 season with a 14-5 landslide victory over rival George Fox. Walker tossed three scoreless innings to register career save No. 13. Joe Perryman earned the pitching victory, tallying three strikeouts over four innings. Ben Andrews drove in four runs, Ryan Pladson had three more RBI and David Mason hit 3-for-5 in his final game on Linfield's home turf.

Western New England completed its Commonwealth Coast Conference schedule with a doubleheader sweep of Salve Regina. The Golden Bears erupted offensively in the opener on their way to a 15-12 victory, before posting a 5-4, extra-inning win in game two. With the two wins, Western New England earns a share of the CCC regular season title along with Endicott and will enter the CCC tournament as the top seed.

No. 5 UW-La Crosse finished the weekend 3-1 against No. 6 UW-Whitewater in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference four game series held in La Crosse, Wis. The Warhawks dropped the first game by a score of 11-1 in a shortened seven inning game, but rebounded in the second game with a 12-2 win in eight innings.

Sam Dexter recorded the 300th hit of his collegiate career with a double to left-center field. He is the second D-III player with 300 hits in a career.
Southern Maine athletics photo

Senior Sam Dexter had a pair of four-hit games as Southern Maine swept visiting Framingham State by scores of 12-8 and 15-5 (8 innings) in a non-conference  doubleheader on Senior Day at the USM Baseball Stadium. Dexter was 4 for 5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in the opener, then came back in the second game to go 4 for 6 with a single-game record-tying three doubles, three runs scored and two RBI. 

Rochester completed a strong Liberty League weekend with a sweep of RIT at UR's Towers Field. Rochester captured a tight game one 3-2 and then used a 7-run sixth inning in game two to win 11-8 over the Tigers.

Ryan Moss and Brett Kiser combined on a 6-hitter in the opener, Aaron Strausbaugh drove in three runs and Justin Dages set a school record in the nightcap, and Colin Stolly knocked in six runs on the day as Ohio Wesleyan swept a North Coast Athletic Conference West Division doubleheader from Wittenberg at Littick Field. Dages' seventh triple of the season broke the school record of six set by Eric Heise in 1996 and tied by Kyle Sherman in 2007.

Chapman ended SCIAC round robin play with a doubleheader sweep over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Redlands at Hart Park. The Panthers shut out the Bulldogs 9-0 in game one, then slugged out a 10-8 victory over the Stags in game two.

The Concordia Texas Tornados earned a 9-2 victory over Mary Hardin-Baylor and clinched the regular-season title and the overall No. 1 seed in the ASC Baseball Championship Series. Jake Valadez struck out nine over the course of five innings of relief work for the victory. Valadez allowed three hits but did not surrender a walk or a run. Michael Evan was 4-for-5 with three RBI, leading the CTX offense.

The hits just keep on coming UMass-Boston, as they knocked-off their 11th straight opponent, this time in regionally-ranked Endicott , as the Beacons picked-up a 12-4 win non-conference Sunday afternoon at North Field.

Carthage split a doubleheader with CCIW-opponent Millikin at Augie Schmidt Field in Kenosha, Wis.  Millikin won the first game, 7-3, but Carthage took the nightcap by an 8-0 margin. Carthage remains in fourth place in the league, and the Red Men have a two-game lead over fifth-place Wheaton (Ill.).

Elias McMahon threw a complete game shutout, struck out three and scattered four hits as Aurora swept Edgewood 1-0, 10-5.
David Malamut, d3photography.com

Alma closed out a four-game series with Kalamazoo, splitting a road doubleheader with the Hornets. The Scots won the first game, 12-5, in seven innings, but saw Kalamazoo score six unanswered runs in the second game to fall, 6-2. The Scots remain in the race for their first-ever appearance in the MIAA Tournament. Alma currently sits in fourth place, one game ahead of Trine University and one game behind Kalamazoo.

Combining for 12 stolen bases over the doubleheader, No. 15 North Central ran past Elmhurst by scores of 5-1 and 14-3 on Senior Day to remain atop the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin standings.

Nichols swept a pair of Commonwealth Coast Conference games from Roger Williams, 4-3,and 6-4. With the wins, the Bison move to 24-14 on the season; the 24 wins is a program-record, breaking the previous mark of 22, set back in 2004. With a 4-0 weekend, the Bison have secured the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and will host No. 4 Salve Regina on Thursday.

Thomas Desmond was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate to lead RPI to a 10-1 win over Vassar in game one of a doubleheader. The Engineers, who won game two, 3-0, in a rain-shortened contest. Sam Lawrence posted three hits in game two for RPI.