Clark finds a way, Lions get first win

Phil Myers got the Penn State Behrend Lions in the win column in his first start of the year.
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Penn State-Behrend pickup up their first win of the season, 2-1, against Immaculata. Phil Myers threw 7.1 strong innings for the Lions, giving up just one run on six hits while striking out three. The Lions game-winning run then came in the eighth. Mason McGuire got things going by drawing a one-out walk. He then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He then made his way home, making in a 2-1 ballgame, on an error by the Macs shortstop.

Wentworth moved to 4-0 with a sweep of King's (Pa.) at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park in Auburndale, Fla. The Leopards rallied to win the first game 8-3 and then won game two 9-5 in eight innings.  Seniors Christian Ferri and Jordan Burst combined to go 10-for-17 with four doubles and four RBI to help pace Wentworth.

In a game that lasted more than five hours, Clark pushed across four runs in the top of the 13th inning to break open a tie game enroute to a win that looked like it would elude the Cougars for the better part of the contest. Teddy Downing brought the winning run in with a bases loaded walk and took the mound, recording all three outs in the 13th via the strikeout, to preserve the win.

While Sunday's first game of the Florida road trip was a hitters' delight, today's game two was the pitchers' turn to shine. And in the case of the Concordia-Chicago Cougars, they would get the better end of the deal on this day as well. Led by a masterful performance by starter Keaton Conner, the Cougars shut out the Lynx of Rhodes College by a 3-0 score and won their fourth consecutive game overall.

George Fox finished up its three-game series with the Pacific Boxers at Ron Tonkin Field, as the Bruins earned a nail biting 7-5 win in extra innings. .After a scoreless 10th inning, the Bruins turned it on in the top of the 11th with two runs in clutch time.

Alvernia ripped off 22 base hits and posted a five-run sixth inning in a 15-9 win over Dominican in non-conference action at the Lee County Player Development Complex. Junior Ben Dubas went 5-for-6 with three runs scored at five RBIs, and the Crusaders' offense had the most base hits since it racked up 22 in a 15-3 win over Messiah on April 25, 2011.

Andrew Hotze was 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs in Benedictine's opener.
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Benedictine banged out 14 hits in earning the first victory of the season at Webster, winning 14-3. After a scoreless first two innings, Benedictine broke open the game with five runs in the third inning.

Behind a six-inning scoreless effort from Kevin Gould, Endicott blanked Salem State, 4-0, in their respective season openers on a chilly Monday evening at North Field. Gould was dominant for the Gulls in his first collegiate start as the sophomore righty yielded just two hits and zero walks alongside a career-high six strikeouts on just 70 pitches (47 for strikes). The backend of the bullpen did the rest as Colby Morris buzz-sawed the Vikings for two innings, and Nick Quattro closed out the ninth on just nine pitches.

Senior Mike Vaitkunas struck out three in a complete-game shutout and sophomore Ryan Tropeano went 4-for-5 in game two as WPI swept Muskingum 1-0 and 15-1 in a pair of nine inning non-conference games at the RussMatt Invitational. Vaitkunas collected his first career complete game shutout for the Engineers and sophomore Austin Lindner went yard for the second time as a member of the Crimson and Gray. His home run came on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the seventh. 

Mount Union sophomore pitcher Phil Mary pitched a complete game victory in a 2-1 win in game one as the Purple Raiders split a pair of games with Nebraska Wesleyan Henley Field in Lakeland, Florida. Nebraska Wesleyan won game two 3-2. In the loss to the Praire Wolves, Mount Union turned the second triple play of the year in D-III baseball. Nick Piotrowski started the triple killing with Connor Koski, Travis Wood and Jake Smith recording putouts. 

Montclair State split a doubleheader with Coe, taking game two 4-0 and losing 16-13 in the opener. In game one, the two teams combined for 29 runs and 36 hits in a seven-inning game as the Kohawks outlasted MSU 16-13, winning on an Andrew Brierton walk-off grand slam. Connor Lindsay pitched a three-hit shutout in the nightcap.

The (Wheaton (Ill.) Thunder earned a 5-4 victory over Baldwin Wallace at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida. Wheaton tallied its five runs on 11 hits with one error. Baldwin Wallace scored four runs on six hits, both season lows, with two errors. Christian Bolhuis allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits in 5.1 innings. John Schmitz earned the win with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit with three strikeouts. Nick Johnson threw one inning to record the save.

Saint John's (Minn.) returned to the win column with a doubleheader sweep of Pitt-Bradford, 5-0 and 4-1, in Fort Myers, Fla. The Johnnies' pitching staff allowed two extra-base hits and recorded a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings on the day. Junior infielder Jeron Terres led SJU at the plate, going 3-for-7 with a double and RBI on the day.

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