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Arcadia opened the season with a sweep of Swarthmore on Saturday.
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The Bryan Torresani era got off to a good start Saturday at Erny Field as Arcadia took both ends of a doubleheader from visiting Swarthmore, 4-3 and 10-4. In game one, Pat Shevlin doubled to center field to plate Nick Ponente with the game-tying run before scoring on a throwing error by catcher Kenji Yoshi after stealing third. In the nightcap, the Knights staked themselves to a 6-1 lead and had an answer for each Swarthmore tally.

No. 24 Salisbury split its two games series with No. 12 Oswego State. After falling in the first game 13-3 the Sea Gulls found themselves down once again in the second. Starring down a 1-1 count in the bottom of the ninth trailing 12-10 Jay Perry launched a walk-off two-run home run to right field to deliver a 13-12 win and snap a four-game losing skid.

Junior first baseman Joey Maker and sophomore right fielder Mike Mittl each connected on two-run homers as Moravian picked up its first win of the season with a 12-4 victory over host Hampden-Sydney on the second day of the Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament. The Hounds, who are now 1-1 on the season, pounded out 18 hits in the victory with Maker going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and Mittl going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base.
Redlands traveled to Whittier to face the Poets for the final two of the SCIAC three-game series. The Bulldogs muscled 21 hits over the two games to down the Whittier Poets by final scores of 4-2 and 7-3.

Elmira scored twice in the top of the first inning and that was all the run support Conor Bawiec needed, as the junior hurled a complete-game gem to guide the Soaring Eagles to a 2-1 victory over Rutgers-Camden at the Armstrong Invitational. En route to Elmira's first win of the 2017 season, Bawiec pieced together one of the finest outings of his career on the mound. The third-year utility man allowed just the one run on seven hits without issuing a walk in 9.0 innings of work, while setting a program single-game record with 10 strikeouts.

Ithaca split its season-opening doubleheader at Virginia Wesleyan's Kenneth R. Perry Field. Ithaca shutout Brockport in the opener, 9-0, and then fell to host Virginia Wesleyan, 5-4, on a walk-off base hit in the second game of the day. The Bombers opened up the season on a strong note by blanking Brockport, 9-0. Ithaca pounded out 12 hits, including a homerun from sophomore Sam Little in the seventh inning, and rode the arms of sophomores Jake Binder and Zach Zottola for the combined shutout. The Marlins walked-off with the win in the bottom of the ninth after Ithaca was forced to intentionally walk the bases loaded with one out. Virginia Wesleyan's first run of the frame came on a triple which set up back-to-back free passes for a potential double play. A single up the middle ended the contest.

Stevenson plated 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 17-9 non-conference baseball victory over Southern Virginia University at Ty Cobb Ballpark.  The game was called after 7.5 innings due to darkness. Stevenson outhit the Knights 16-11. Kevin Kopas finished a single short of the cycle, going 3-4 with a walk and five runs driven in.

Clark scored the game's final five runs and the host Cougars opened up the 2017 campaign with a workman-like 9-6 come-from-behind win over Elms in non-league action. The Scarlet and White, playing a February home opener for the second consecutive season, got several excellent offensive performances and stellar relief pitching enroute to the victory.

Scott Eisenmenger's grand slam in the third inning of the nightcap with Johns Hopkins was the big hit the Cardinals needed in a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays.
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No. 9 St. John Fisher opened its season with a split with host Johns Hopkins at Babb field. In game one the Blue Jays loaded the bases in bottom of the sixth and seventh innings, but it was not until a bases loaded single in the eighth that Johns Hopkins could bring home the winning run in a 3-2 victory. A early five run lead held up for St. John Fisher as they upended Johs Hopkins 5-2 in the nightcap.

No. 16 Shenandoah took the first of a three-game baseball set with Case Western Reserve by downing the Spartans 13-6 at Bridgeforth Field. Shenandoah scored three runs in the first as Dylan Stouffer and Jake Loew hit back-to-back home runs to take an early lead. A seven run seventh ultimately provided the winning margin.

The Belhaven Blazers pounded out 13 runs and 14 hits to overcome a three-run Hardin-Simmons home run to defeat the Cowboys in the rubber match of the three-game series, 13-3, from Smith-Wills Stadium. Stephen Sexton and Daniel Ammirati each recorded three hits in the contest, with four and three RBIs, respectively.

Baruch won their season and home opener at MCU Park Brooklyn Cyclones, 2-1, in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader on a foggy afternoon at Coney Island. The Bearcats scored the go ahead, and what stood as the winning run in the fifth inning, as Raymond Maurer belted an RBI single to plate Ramon Moreta for the 2-1 lead and eventual final score. The second game was called off in the fifth inning, due to heavy fog. The teams and umpires waited 25 minutes, but the fog did not dissipate, forcing the game to be halted with Old Westbury leading, 2-0. The game is ruled incomplete and will not count.

Guilford scored five unearned runs in a rain-delayed fourth inning and Logan Jones threw five innings of three-hit relief in the Quakers' 8-5 comeback baseball win over Greensboro. Guilford's sixth win in seven games evens the three-game weekend series between the crosstown rivals. Greensboro pulled out a 4-3 win over Guilford in Friday's opener at Yadkin Bank Park. The rubber match of the three-game set is Sunday at the Leonard Recreation Center.

A.J. Nicely and Nicholas Baham knocked in two runs apiece to erase an early deficit before the bullpen took over and closed out a thrilling 5-3 victory as Christopher Newport toppled top-ranked Cortland during a seven-inning affair, which was called early following a hail storm that blanketed Captains Park. Earlier, the Red Dragons defeated Susquehanna, 11-8, their opponent in last years New York Regional championship game.

MacMurray earned a 5-3 win to bring their win streak to three games. Nick Blakenbusch stole home in the sixth for MacMurray to put the Highlanders back on top 3-2 and then added on to secure the win.

The No. 17-ranked Washington (Mo.) opened up the season with an offensive onslaught defeating North Park 17-9 before the Bears fell in a low scoring 3-1 contest to No. 6 Birmingham-Southern College on Saturday. The Bears totaled 19 hits on the day including eight extra base hits while the pitching staff held the opposition to nine earned runs. Senior Brad Margolin earned WashU's first victory of the season with seven scoreless innings of three hit ball with one walk and six strikeouts. Birmingham-Southern also defeated North Park 14-8.

Gavin Blodgett had two extra base hits, a double on one and a home run in the other, in a sweep of Pomona-Pitzer.
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Chapman extended its winning streak to eight after earning the series sweep over the Sagehens at Hart Park. The Panthers defeated Pomona-Pitzer 12-1 in game one and rallied to a 9-7 victory in game two.

Wesley tallied a doubleheader sweep at Bob Reed Field over the Norwich Cadets. The Wolverines picked up the 10-3 victory in game one over the Cadets and a 8-5 win in game two.  In the opener, Wolverines were paced by the dominating pitching performance by Alex Marrs. Marrs struck out 12 Cadets in six innings of work while only allowing four hits, two walks and two unearned runs for his second win of the season. Connor Springsteen earned the win in relief in the nightcap as Wesley scored a run in the fifth to break a 5-5 tie.

Pacific split a doubleheader with Willamette at Santiam Christian High School in Adair Village, Ore. The doubleheader was moved to Santiam Christian High School because of wet conditions in Salem to the host Bearcats' John Lewis Field. Willamette scored four runs on just two hits en route to a 4-3 win over the Boxers in game one of the doubleheaderr. Spencer Backstrom struck out the last five batters and Kurtis Kloke hit a two out, solo home run in the top of the 11th in the nightcap for the 5-4 win.

While it may not have been as fulfilling as a walk-off hit, the Eastern Mennonite Royals won a wild 16-15 game on a walk-off walk. Eastern Mennonite earned a two-day sweep of visiting Penn State-Harrisburg with the decision and stand at 5-2 after the completion of their season-opening homestand. Saturday's game was wild, to say the least, as each team had a five-run inning and the lead changed hands five different times, including twice in the ninth.

Concordia-Chicago Cougars had a quick turnaround after Concordia-Texas walked off with a 5-4 win over the Cougars just thirty minutes prior to taking on the Southwestern Pirates. Runs were tough to come by for the early part of the contest, but CUC would do a good job grabbing the lead and adding too it in a 5-1 win over Southwestern.

Following a doubleheader sweep of visiting Defiance in the 2017 home opener at Gary Wright Field, the Centre baseball team is off to its best start in 25 seasons with a 5-0 record. The Colonels earned wins of 10-6 and 6-1 on the day over the Yellow Jackets. Centre won its first 11 games to start the 1992 campaign the last time the Colonels started the season 5-0. Centre will look to pick up its second series sweep in as many weekend in the final game of the three-game set tomorrow afternoon in Danville.

LaGrange took a doubleheader from Covenant at Cleaveland Field in Wiliamson Stadium. The Panthers' 7-1 and 15-3 wins over the Scots completed a three-game sweep of their USA South series. Andrew Weekley turned in a strong pitching performance in the first game. Third baseman Blake Butcher had four hits, including a home run, and six RBIs in the two games.