St. Vincent, WPI and Penn State Behrend all get first wins

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Jimmy Malone matched his complete game
totals from 2017 with a complete game win
for the Bearcats.

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Behind a complete game from Jimmy Malone, the Bearcats won its first game of 2018, an 11-2 victory over Husson in Winter Haven, Florida.  Malone, who went the distance, scattered six hits, walking two and striking out two. The Bearcats gave Malone all the runs he needed in the six, with seven runs on just three hits. Saint Vincent is now 1-1 on the year and will return to action on Tuesday (March 6) facing Central College at 9AM in Chain O'Lakes Stadium.

Junior Steven Gallagher connected on a two-run shot in the fourth inning of the nightcap as WPI split a baseball doubleheader with Coe in the team's delayed season opener. The Koehawks won the first 4-3 and the Engineers claimed the second 11-5.

Penn State Behrend picked up their first win of the season, 11-7, against Lebanon Valley. The Lions overcame a five-run deficit by scoring seven in the fifth-inning to help defeat the Dutchmen. Phil Myers posted his first win of the season, throwing seven innings and striking out one. Scott Sada went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two singles in the game, while also scoring twice for Behrend.

One day after Concordia-Chicago was frustrated by their inability to get a clutch hit in a one-run loss to Heidelberg, the sixth-ranked Cougars broke out today in a big way with the hits and runs coming in bunches. The end result was a 12-0 seven-inning win over #22 St. John Fisher College in game two of the six-game Florida trip. Lefty Adam Gregory turned in another stellar performance for the Cougars. Gregory followed his seven scoreless innings versus Concordia-Texas last week with five more today. He allowed just one hit, a clean leadoff single to left in the fourth, and walked one while fanning three. He faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings, as both of the baserunners he allowed were erased, one on a pick-off and the other on a double play. Abelardo Paz Agudelo and Adam Schmitt followed Gregory, each throwing one scoreless inning to complete the rout.

Catcher Dan Trettel recorded six hits and collected all of the necessary pieces of the cycle during a doubleheader sweep of Bethany for No. 4 Washington & Jefferson. The Presidents pounded out 29 hits over the two games to open PAC action 2-0, while also improving to 3-1 this year. In the opener, W&J used 16 hits to earn the 13-3 victory, which was ended after eight innings due to the 10-run rule after seven. That was instituted this season for the first game of PAC doubleheaders now that the league has moved to two nine-inning games for conference play. The second game featured 13 Presidents' hits and a 10-3 win for the defending national finalists.

King's saw a late rally fall just short in a 6-4 loss to Fontbonne at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in Auburndale, Florida. King's, which was playing their third game in a 24-hour span to begin the season, fall to 0-3 while Fontbonne improves to 4-5.

John Carroll has consistently been in the upper-tier of the OAC, but has not started a season with a 5-1 record since 2009. That drought ended on Monday afternoon. The Blue Streaks racked up another two victories, 10-1 and 10-8, in a twin bill against the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards as part of the 2018 Russmat Classic. Steve Virost fired six shutout innings, Patrick Keohane notched his second long ball of the campaign, David Ferguson continued his hitting terror and many more positives transpired to propel head coach Marc Thibeault to his best start in eight years. John Carroll had 15 stolen bases between the two contests, giving it 27 on the campaign. The school record for a single season is 81.

Lancaster Bible won its third straight game on
Monday, holding off McDaniel, 3-2 at Charger
Field. The Chargers are now 3-5 this season,
while the Green Terror fell to 0-1.

Lancaster Bible athletics photo

Redlands welcomed non-conference competitor Ursinus to The Yard for a Monday afternoon doubleheader. Under pristine conditions, the Bulldogs utilized almost every available player to top the Bears in both games by scores of 10-5 (7 innings) and 11-2. Aaron Singh enjoyed a solid day at the plate by going 5-for-7 with three doubles and a home run. He also recorded three RBI and scored three runs. Cal Bridges went 3-for-3 with a dinger, three RBI, and three runs in game one, while Brendan Moore went 2-for-2 with two doubles for four RBI in game two.

St. Olaf swept Northwestern-St. Paul 14-4 and 4-3 in a non-conference, season-opening doubleheader at U.S. Bank Stadium. Dylan Blake was 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs and four RBIs as St. Olaf posted back-to-back six-run rallies in the fifth and sixth innings on the way to the game one victory. In game two, the Oles rallied from down 3-0, scoring a run in the fifth, two in the sixth and a go-ahead tally in the seventh.

Sophomore third baseman Joe Norton went 4-fot-6 with a pair of RBI as Montclair State pounded out 14 hits in a 12-6 victory over Rhode Island College in the RussMatt Invitational on Monday evening. Hayden Reyes, Nick Martinez, and Klye Missry each drove in two runs as the Red Hawks (6-2) extended their winning streak to 6-2 on the year, 4-0 on their Florida trip.

Oglethorpe earned a shutout victory over the visiting Kalamazoo Hornets, scoring four runs over their final two innings at the plate to pull away and secure the 7-0 win. The victory meant that the Stormy Petrels took 2-of-3 from Kalamazoo and 3-of-5 from the long weekend, improving to 11-5 on the season. The Petrels got an excellent pitching performance throughout, as freshman right-handers Alex Smith, Kyle Rutledge and Christopher Keane combined with sophomore right-hander Jack Bartlewski to blank the Hornets offense on just four hits.

Chatham earned its first win of the 2018 season with a 7-2 victory over Penn College, before dropping a 12-6 decision to PSU Harrisburg. First-year righty Ryan Shawley tossed eight innings and struck out nine in his first-collegiate start. Junior second baseman Paul Nussbaum and first-year catcher Tyler Dodson both collected two RBI apiece while Dodson and first-year outfielder Drew Brannon went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Saint John's (Minn.) opened its 2018 season with 38 runs and 38 hits in 13 innings of a doubleheader sweep over Finlandia, 17-2 and 21-0, in Ft. Myers, Fla. The Johnnies batted .500 (38-for-76) and cracked 13 extra-base hits, including four home runs, on the day. SJU hit three home runs in 38 games last season. Junior centerfielder Max Jackson entered the 2018 season needing two hits to become the 28th Johnnie to reach 100 for a career. He led SJU with a 6-for-7 performance that included two doubles and a triple, with six RBI and four runs scored on the day.

Nick Lorenz had four hits and Derek Manning homered twice and drove in four runs as Elizabethtown produced its first 20-run game since 2015 in a 20-11 victory over Muskingum. The Blue Jays dropped their afternoon matchup against Dominican (Ill.) 6-1. The Blue Jays racked up 18 hits in game one and used a seven-run third, five-run fifth and four-run seventh to put on its best offensive display since a 20-5 win at Merchant Marine on April 12, 2015.