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Ryan Reitmeyer had three hits as Kean evened their home-away series with a 10-1 win over Richard Stockton.
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D3Baseball.com’s top 25 schedule was light Friday, with No. 5-ranked Southern Maine being the highest ranked squad in action.The Huskies rolled in Little East Conference action, pounding out 31 hits and scoring 21 runs in a 13-1, 8-3 sweep of Keene State.  No. 8-ranked Kean was the only other top 10 squad in action, rebounding from an 11-6 loss to Richard Stockton Thursday to gain a 10-1 win in New Jersey Athletic Conference action.

Looking further down the Top 25, No. 11-ranked Rowan joined their NJAC rivals as a winner in league play, topping the College of New Jersey 7-2, to sweep their two-game set; Bowdoin’s John Lefeber drove in the game-winning run in the 12th as Bowdoin surprised No. 13 Tufts 4-3; No. 14-ranked Shenandoah reached the 30-win mark for the fifth time in the last six years with a hard-fought 6-3 decision over Washington and Lee in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament; No. 18-ranked Buena Vista and Iowa Conference rival Wartburg opened a critical four-game set at Hertel Field in Waverly with the two sides splitting a twinbill; and No. 21-ranked St. John Fisher saw its recent struggles continue, dropping their third decision in their last five outings with a wild offensive finish against Houghton.

Cortland State outscored Fredonia State 28-1 on Friday.
Cortland photo by Darl Zehr Photography

Going around the conferences, the photo finish race to the end continues in the American Southwest Conference. League-leading Concordia (Texas) toppled Sul Ross St., while LeTourneau knocked Mary-Hardin-Baylor out of a three-way for second and Texas-Dallas remained tied with LeTourneau for the second spot.

In the Centennial Conference, Haverford remained strongly entrenched in second place behind a sparkling effort from Tommy Bergjans as part of a win over Franklin and Marshall - Recap. Keystone kept itself firmly atop the Colonial States Athletic Conference with a win over Neumann.

The two Middle Atlantic Conference divisions saw their leaders pick up wins as the tie between Misericordia and DeSales remained in the Freedom section and Widener claimed a close-knit finish from Messiah in the Centennial section. The NJAC race remains too close to call, too, with Montclair State and Rutgers-Camden winning to stay part of a four-team chase that is separated by just one game that includes Rowan and Kean.

Salve Regina stayed a part of a four-team group battling for the Commonwealth Coast Conference title with a victory over Brandeis, Wesleyan (Conn.) upended Amherst to take the lead in their division, while Tufts’ loss enabled Bates to move just a game back as the Bobcats shutout Colby 5-0 behind Brad Reynolds’ 12 strikeouts.

Wartburg’s win over No. 18-ranked Buena Vista put the Knights just a game behind the Beavers with two more games between the two foes ahead Saturday.

Covenant’s chase for the USA South Conference championship remained alive with a 14-2 win over Averett, St. Joseph’s of Brooklyn kept their Pool B chances alive with an offensive blitzkrieg of 34 runs against Yeshiva.

Senior right-handed pitcher Eddie Nogay became the Washington and Jefferson wins leader Friday night as the Presidents defeated Geneva 16-4 to bring their number to clinch the PAC title to two.

he Springfield College baseball team picked up a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win on Thursday, beating visiting Emerson, 12-2 on Berry-Allen Field.

Springfield was led by the bats of Keith Cotnoir (Westhampton, Mass.), Jared Hopkins (Cranston, R.I.) and Shane O'Leary (Kings Park, N.Y.) in the win. Cotnoir drove in three runs while Hopkins and O'Leary drove in two each. Frank Calabrese (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Steve Starr (Lebanon, Conn.) each tallied two hits.

Tyler Kelly (Absecon, N.J.) earned the win on the mound in his first collegiate start for the Pride. Kelly went five innings, allowing three hits and just one run while striking out four.

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