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Gabe Gunter was one of six Kingsmen to collect at least two hits against Redlands on Saturday.
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On the second day of the Fourth Annual Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament, Cal Lutheran baseball team led from start to finish in a 6-3 victory over Redlands at Anderson Field on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Kingsmen advance to the championship on Sunday. Redlands reached the winners bracket game with a 2-1 win over Occidental. The Tigers earned a rematch with Redlands as they eliminated Chapman 5-2.

Top-seeded Misericordia sent King's (Pa) into the elimination bracket with a 4-1 win in the opening game of the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Tournament at Owls Field in West Lawn. DeSales did the same to Manhattanville, defeating the Valiants 8-2.  DeSales went on to drop top seeded Misericordia into the loser's bracket with an 8-1 win Cougars. The Valiants changed their fortunes as they took down King's 6-4, keeping their hopes for a MAC Freedom championship alive. Manhattanville will meet Misericordia on Sunday with the with the winner facing DeSales in the Championship game.

Colin Fry tripled and homered and drove in four runs for Messiah in a 4-1 win over Alvernia in the first elimination game of the MAC Commonwealth Baseball Championships at PeoplesBank Stadium. The fourth-seeded Stevenson suffered a pair of losses and was eliminated from the 2016 MAC Commonwealth Tournament. The Mustangs fell 11-7 to second-seeded Widener in the winners' bracket final, then were edged 3-1 by No. 3 seed Messiah.

No. 3 Penn State Behrend swept Pitt-Bradford 6-1 and 4-3 by way of an 11th inning walk off base hit to advance to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference semifinals. Mount Aloysius also advanced with two wins over Hilbert. They will join La Roche and Pitt-Greenburg in a double elimination tournament this coming weekend.

Hardin-Simmons scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat East Texas Baptist 9-8 to advance to the American Southwest Conference red bracket championship game at Woods Field in Marshall. With two outs, HSU's leading hitter Zack de Luna had an RBI single to tie the game at eight and Jamie Ball then delivered a double in the right field corner and de Luna scored from first to give the Cowboys the win. The Cowboys will play East Texas Baptist again on Sunday as they survived the elimination round to advance to the championship game.

Matt Abrain threw a complete game shutout as the No. 1 seed Vikings of Salem State defeated the No. 2 seed Buccaneers of Mass Maritime 6-0 in the semifinals of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament at the Central Campus Baseball Field. Salem State advances to the championship round for the fourth straight season. It will be a rematch with Mass Maritime, which defeated No.4 seed Westfield State 6-3 the elimination finale.

Tanner Truesdell hit the go-ahead home run in game one, Michael Zellar drove in five runs in game two and No. 23 Buena Vista handed Simpson a pair of losses, 7-5 and 10-5. Austin Burlin had a five-hit day for the Storm, who got the No. 6 seed in next weekend's Iowa Conference Tournament. The Beavers hit three home runs on the day and will have the No. 2 seed next weekend.

Rochester used the long ball in game one to split a doubleheader with Clarkson at Jack Phillips Stadium. Rochester opened the weekend between the top two teams in the Liberty League with a 7-5 win, but Clarkson rebounded with a 9-3 victory in game two to secure the split.

Curtis Morgan pitched a complete game shutout Saturday as part of a four game sweep of UW-Stout.
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Curtis Morgan pitched a complete game shutout in a 3-0 win in game one of a doubleheader with UW-Stout Saturday at James B. Miller Stadium, and the 11th-ranked UW-Whitewater baseball team went on to complete the doubleheader and series sweep. The Warhawks topped the Blue Devils 7-1 in game two after taking two from the visitors on Friday. The Warhawks conclude regular season play with a record of 27-12 overall and 13-7 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Stout falls to 14-24 and 4-16 in the league.

New York University swept visiting Skidmore at MCU Park in Brooklyn. The Violets won game one, 4-3, in 11 innings and took game two, 2-1. In the opener CJ Picerni walked up to the plate with two outs in the eleventh inning and crushed a single through the right side to plate to win the game for the Violets. In the nightcap, Matthew Millus was called in a one run games and the game one winner worked out of a jam and earn his fifth save of the season and 12th of his career.

St. Scholastica entered having to win only one game and clinch the No. 1 seed for next week's Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament. The Saints would not only go on to win both ends of a doubleheader over Crown, but scored 28 unanswered runs between the two games to sweep the Storm and clinch the UMAC regular season title outright.

The nationally-ranked and second-seeded Oswego State advanced to the SUNYAC Championship final round for the second year in a row with a pair of victories at Cortland's Wallace Field. Oswego used eighth-inning comebacks in both games, defeating Fredonia 3-2 in the day's first game before a five-run eighth sent the Lakers past Brockport 9-8 in their second contest. The Lakers will face No. 1 Cortland who do not have a loss in the double-elimination tournament. Cortland was a 4-3 winner over Brockport.

The Aurora Spartans swept the Wisconsin Lutheran Warriors in come from behind fashion in game two after handily winning game one, 11-5. Heading into the ninth of game two, Aurora had managed only three hits in the game and no significant scoring threats. They exploded for six runs, erasing a 4-0 deficit, winning 6-4.

In the opening game of today's CUNYAC tournamentaction, Lehman eliminated the John Jay Bloodhounds 3-1. In game two Staten Island faced a five run deficit in the bottom of the ninth but were able to overcome the odds and tie the game up and force extra innings, winning in the tenth inning 10-9.  CSI will now play in the finals tomorrow afternoon at the CSI Baseball Complex against Baruch, a 8-5 winner in the final game of the day.

SUNY Old Westbury faced the top-seeded Farmingdale State Rams in the elimination game of the 2016 Skyline Conference Championship in Farmingdale, New York.  The defending champions and second-seeded Panthers lost a 5-4 decision in 10 innings to conclude their season with a 26-15 mark to record their eighth-straight 20-win season. The Panthers dropped their opener to St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) 4-2 and Farmingdale State was a 6-3 loser to St Joesph's (L.I.).

Washington & Jefferson hit six homers between the two games, but a three-run shot by Thomas More in the seventh inning of game one gave the Saints an 8-7 win in the opener before the Presidents battled back for a 9-2 victory in the nightcap. A W&J win in the series finale on Sunday, or a Waynesburg loss in either of the Yellow Jackets games against Westminster, secures a PAC Tournament bid for the reigning league champion Presidents. Thomas More has already clinched the league's top spot and hosting rights for next week's conference tournament.

Starting pitcher Stephen Ridings was brilliant, as he has been all season, throwing 7.2 innings and striking out 10 in the process.
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Haverford handily defeated top-seeded Johns Hopkins, 9-4, in a Centennial Conference playoff matchup. With the win, the Fords will advance to Sunday's championship and look to be crowned the conference champions for the third time since 2012.

Kyle Turner hurled a complete game six-hit shutout as Suffolk defeated Saint Joseph's (Me.) 10-0 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference semifinals. With the victory Suffolk advances to a tenth consecutive conference championship game in hopes of claiming the program's sixth title and first-ever back to back NCAA appearance.

Loras put an end to the 2016 season with a split against Central. Game three of the series needed 13 innings to be decided, with the Dutch coming out on top, 4-3. The Duhawks responded with a stifling pitching effort in game two, winning 2-1.

Bates split a doubleheader with Williams in their final two games of the 2016 season. The Bobcats dropped game one 10-1 but bounced back to win game two 3-2. Kellen Hatheway led the offense for the Ephs in game one going 2-for-3 with 4 RBI's. Adam Regensburg also played a major role in the Williams offense in game one going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI's. Bates' Connor Russell went seven strong innings in game two and senior Rob DiFranco earned his third save of the season and the fifth of his career in his final game in a Bates uniform.

Castleton fell behind 5-2 early on, but fought back to force extra innings and Dan Errico's solo shot in the top of the 12th lifted Castleton to a 7-5 victory over the Husson Eagles in today's North Atlantic Conference Tournament contest at Spartan Field. The win for Castleton was their 31st win of the season and sealed its spot in tomorrow's NAC Championship. The Eagles, meanwhile, rebounded from the loss by beating Thomas 6-1 to also advance to Sunday's game.

Concordia-Moorhead scored 11 runs in each game at St. John's and swept the Johnnies 11-1, 11-9 in the final doubleheader of the MIAC season, the first time the Johnnies have been swept at home all season. Concordia hit three long balls in the second game and two in the opener to give them 28 for the season.

No. 4 UW-La Crosse split a doubleheader at UW-Stevens Point at University Field.  The Eagles dropped the opener 9-2, but came back to take the nightcap, 11-6.  UWL will be the top-seed and UW-Stevens Point the third-seed at the WIAC Championship (presented by Culver's) May 13-14 at Copeland Park in La Crosse. On the day, Taylor Kohlwey extended his hitting streak to 42 games, and now is tied for fourth in NCAA history.

Kyle MacDonald's walk-off RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the 10th inning helped the St. Lawrence to a 3-2 win in the second game of a crucial Liberty League doubleheader against RPI. The Saints also won the first game 3-1 behind freshman Evan Reichel's complete-game on the mound. The Engineers must win both games tomorrow and need Union to sweep Vassar to make the Liberty League Tournament.

The visiting Trinity Bantams were swept by the Wesleyan Cardinals in a regular-season ending doubleheader this afternoon on Dresser Diamond, losing, 6-2, in the seven-inning opener, and, 8-1, in the nightcap. Trinity will get a chance at revenge in six days when they face Wesleyan on the opening day of the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.

St. Olaf erupted for 23 hits and 14 runs in a 14-7 victory over Augsburg in game one of a MIAC doubleheader at Parade Stadium. The Auggies scored two in the eighth inning to upend the Oles 2-1 in the season finale.

It was a record-setting night for the St. John Fisher. In the Cardinals' 9-3 win over host Utica, seventh-year head coach Brandon Potter recorded his 201st career win, making him the program's all-time leader in victories. The win was also Fisher's 30th victory of the year, marking the first time in the program's 29-year history that the Cardinals have reach the 30-win plateau in the regular season. Potter passes former head coach Dan Pepicelli, who won 200 games in his nine-year career at Fisher.

No. 23 Buena Vista closed out the regular season on by sweeping a doubleheader at Simpson College and taking the series from the Storm, 3-1. The Beavers took 3-of-4 in the series and wrapped up the no. 2 seed in the upcoming IIAC tournament.

Alma completed a series sweep of Olivet and in the process, climbed into second place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings. Alma defeated the Comets, 6-4 in the first game before posting a 12-1 decision in the series finale. The Scots' two wins, coupled with a loss by Hope, gave Alma all it needed to host a first-round game in the MIAA Tournament on Wednesday. Alma's will host a nine-inning game at Klenk Park with Hope.

Carthage was swept by No. 12 North Central (Ill.), 6-3 and 7-6, at Zimmerman Stadium/Alumni Field in Naperville, Ill. Despite the two losses, the Red Men clinched the fourth seed in the CCIW Tournament on the basis of fifth-place Wheaton (Ill.) losing to Illinois Wesleyan, 3-2.

One day after Calvin stung Kalamazoo on its Senior Day, Kalamazoo stung back. The visiting Hornets took both ends of a doubleheader from Calvin, winning 4-3 and 16-11 in 10 innings. The teams split the four-game weekend series with Calvin winning at Kalamazoo on Friday 3-2 and 10-4.

Ohio Northern played the role of spoiler to perfection by sweeping an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader from Marietta. The Polar Bears won game one, 7-3, and blanked the Pioneers in the second game, 4-0. The losses, coupled with an Otterbein sweep of Muskingum, cost Marietta the No. 1 seed in next week's OAC Tournament. The Cardinals secured the top spot and will host the tournament in Westerville.

In an elimination game between the two bottom seeds in the NJAC tournament, William Paterson saw its late-game rally fall short, suffering an 8-6 loss against Montclair State at Kean. William Paterson opened the day with a 8-7 loss to Rowan in 15 inning in a game that was started on Thursday.

Keystone clinched the top seed in next week's Colonial States Athletic Conference playoffs by sweeping a doubleheader from Neumann at Christy Mathewson Field. The No. 22 Giants secured home field advantage in next week's conference tournament after posting 10-4 and 4-3 wins over the Knights. Keystone will host the winner of Monday's game between Gwynedd Mercy and Centenary (N.J.) in a first round playoff game. Neumann and Immaculata have clinched a spot in the four-team field.

Sal Smith and Nick Koffel both went 3-for-6 as four different Cyclones hit a home run in the doubleheader sweep of the Griffins of Gwynedd-Mercy at the Rock Sports Park. With the sweep, the Cyclones caught the Griffins for the final spot making their final contest a playin game to the CSAC tounament.