Tommies win opener, La Grange, Emory continue to pile up wins

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Caleb Davis's triple in the seventh inning gave the Cru an 8-7 lead over Trinity (Texas) on Tuesday.
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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor overcame a five-run first inning with a late rally and the Cru knocked off #19 Trinity (Texas) 9-7 Tuesday night in Belton. Seth Hill (1-0) picked up the win for UMHB with two innings of one-hit relief. Barteau notched his second save of the year. Andrew Hoffman took the loss for Trinity to drop to 0-2 on the season. Robbie Gillen, Jackson Godoy and Mark Frankhouser had two hits apiece for the Cru. Michael Davis had three hits for Trinity.

Kean used an eighth explosion to rally past Moravian by the final of 10-2 on Tuesday in non-conference action. The #14 Cougars plated nine runs in the deciding eighth frame, with seven hits and aided by two Moravian miscues. Greyhound starter Ryan Kahn recorded a no-decision after holding the Cougars in check for seven innings as he allowed just one run and four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  Cougar starter Richie Ferguson also received a no-decision as he allowed just one earned run in seven and a third innings of work.  He fanned six and allowed seven hits.

It took an extra inning of play and a lot of drama, but Waynesburg won its second-straight game at the Russ Matt Central Florida Invitational. The Yellow Jackets played 10 innings against Neumann, before coming out on top in a 6-5 contest. Scott Hefty twirled four fantastic innings of relief to pick up the pitching victory. The veteran allowed just a hit and a walk during the appearance and struck out five Knights to notch the win.

Senior outfielder A.J. Nicely delivered the second five-hit performance of his career, leading the Captains offense past Hampden-Sydney, 5-2. The Captains also were led by sophomore Thomas Packert, who put together a sterling effort in his first career start to lead the way on the mound. Packert opened his collegiate career in 2017 with four sensational relief appearances, tossing 7.1 innings of no-hit relief with 12 strikeouts. Head coach John Harvell gave him the nod on Tuesday for his first career start and Packert continued to roll, tossing two more no-hit innings before finally allowing a single in the third. His 9.1 no-hit innings included a run of 24 straight batters retired prior to the first batter of the third inning on Tuesday.

The Principia Panthers traveled to the other side of the river for their season-opening contest against Harris-Stowe State. The Panthers and the Hornets each put on impressive offensive displays in what ended up being a slugfest. The Hornets ultimately triumphed, taking the ballgame 17-11.

'Noah Clarkson's two-run triple in the fourth inning would prove to be all McMurry would need on its way to a 5-1 non-conference victory over Schreiner at Walt Driggers Field.  In the fourth, with two out, first baseman Chris Baker (1-for-4) and Matthew Chalk (2-for-4, 2 runs, RBI) had back-to-back singles. With runners on first and second, Clarkson slapped a triple to left-center field, past a diving effort by SU's Sam Pistrui and plating both Baker and Chalk.  Meanwhile, McM starter Jack Poe was masterful. Poe went 6.0 innings and allowed just one hit. Poe struck out six and did not walk a batter.

A single run during its last at-bat lifted Willliam Paterson to a 7-6 victory at Drew. The game was stopped after eight innings due to darkness. Mike Knauf was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Rob Eggert finished 2-for-4 while posting a double, RBI and run scored.

St. Thomas's Henry DeCastor will have to wait for his first collegiate win. He is the pitcher of record when the second game of a doubleheader is resumed in March.
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Junior Ryan Zimmerman struck out seven and allowed just two runs in a seven-inning complete-game win as St. Thomas opened its 2017  season with a 6-2 win over UW-Stevens Point at U.S. Bank Stadium.  It was the first start in 21 career appearances for Zimmerman, the Tommies' closer in 2016. Chad Clute and Zach Gottfredsen each had two hits for UST, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit. In game two, the home Tommies lead 7-3 in a game halted by time limit in the bottom of the sixth inning with one out and one UST runner on base. The seven-inning game will resume at that point in Florida when both teams are there on spring trips March 18-24.

Howard Payne won 2-1 and 4-0 during a neutral site, non-conference doubleheader vs. Austin on the campus of Fort Worth All Saints' Episcopal School. In game one, Howard Payne bookened the scoring with a run in the first and final innings to edge the 'Roos. In game two, the Yellow Jackets scored three runs in the fifth and rode the arms of four pitchers for the shutout win.

Rutgers-Newark improved to 3-1 on the season with a 5-3 win over Penn State-Abington at Diamond Nation in Flemington, N.J.  It was the first game in eight days for the Scarlet Raiders who took care of business against the Nittany Lions for the second time this season.  Sophomore starter Anthony Rosoline picked up the win, going five innings to move to 1-0 on the year. He scattered seven hits and allowed two runs (one earned), striking out two and walking one. Junior catcher Justin Marks was marvelous behind the plate, cutting down a two would-be base stealers in the first four innings of play, and three relievers did a nice job holding on to the lead.

Newly crowned as the No.-1 ranked team, Emory closed out the month of February with a perfect 11-0 record following a 6-5 victory against in-state foe Berry at William R. Bowdoin Field in Rome, GA. Freshman Richard Brereton and senior Kyle Monk combined to toss 4.2 scoreless innings in relief to help Emory notch its 11th consecutive win, tying the 1996 squad for the fourth longest winning streak in program history.

Texas-Tyler senior Daniel Williams drove in three runs and Sam Sitton and Hunter Palmer both threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to help lead the Patriots to an 8-3 non-conference win over LSU-Alexandria at Generals Field. The No. 13-ranked Patriots improved to 6-2 away from Tyler with the win over the Generals in UT Tyler head coach Brent Porche’s first game back at LSU-Alexandria where he had coached the previous four years.

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