Brockport upsets Kean, Stevens

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Johnny Lord pitched six innings, picking up his first win of the season.
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Sixth ranked Webster won at No. 11 Rhodes, 5-4, on Saturday in Memphis, TN.  The Gorloks took two out of three games on their weekend trip to Memphis, to open the season at 2-1. Jake Milosch wound up 3-4, with three RBIs, a home run, and a run scored. Zach Bishop was 2-4 with two doubles and run scored, and Mike Golich was 2-5 with a run scored.

Jeffrey Butler tripled and scored the game-winner in the opener and Rick Spiers tossed a one-hitter in the nightcap as Randolph-Macon swept a doubleheader from RPI on Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park. The Yellow Jackets (6-0) took the seven-inning opener 4-3 and won the second contest 14-1 against the Engineers (1-2) in a game that was called after five innings due to rain. In the six victories so far this season for R-MC, all its opponents have either been nationally ranked or receiving votes in one of the national polls.

The 10th-ranked Frostburg State Bobcats completed its season opening weekend with a 10-1 victory over Stevenson in a game that lasted just six innings due to rain.  The win marks the second over the Mustangs in three days and improves FSU to 3-0. In the last two wins, the Frostburg lineup has turned out 22 hits and 27 runs.

York (Pa.) won their first game of the year in dramatic fashion. The Spartans got a walk off grand slam from junior Logan Countryman in the bottom of the 12th to earn a 13-11 win over Virginia Wesleyan in a back-and-forth contest in Demorest, Georgia. Countryman finished the day 2-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored.

Southern Vermont grabbed its second straight win as the visiting Mountaineers shut out Washington and Lee 3-0 at Dick Smith Field in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. Torrential downpours then forced the backend of the twin bill to be canceled after the first inning of play. Southern Vermont junior right-hander Dylan Angelo went the distance, throwing his second complete-game shutout of his collegiate career for the win.

Brockport defeated two nationally ranked opponents.
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Brockport traveled to New Jersey to open the season against two preseason nationally ranked opponents and emerged unscathed on the day with a 7-5 win against Stevens and a 5-0 victory over host Kean. Brockport (2-0) flashed a potent offense with some quality arms to back it up. Austin Spindler started versus No. 5 Kean and paired with Nick Jerolimov and Kyle Perez to hold the Cougars scoreless on their own turf. Brockport's lone four-year pitcher Tyler Clifford started strong but needed some relief to help Brockport secure the game.

Senior Nathan Gray banged out four hits including a home run Sunday and classmate Walter White went the distance on the mound, as Augustana opened the 2016 season with a 7-1 win over St. Mary's (Minn.).

Rutgers-Newark picked up its first win of the young 2016 season, downing the City College of New York, 8-5, at Captains Park in Virginia. The Scarlet Raider offense was led by a catcher Justin Marks, third baseman Brian Boulineau, left fielder Josh Cote, and shortstop Gerry Patrizio who all had multiple hits.

Kadyn Nannini hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the George Fox Bruins an 8-6 win over Pacific at the Curtis and Margaret Morse Athletic Complex. Clay Mott singled to begin the ninth inning, and a sacrifice bunt moved him to second as the Bruins looked to use small ball to get Mott home with the winning run. But Nannini ended that strategy with a long ball, his first hit of the game.

Castleton scored four or more runs in three separate innings en route to its third straight victory with a 15-5 win over William Peace at the North Main Athletic Complex. The Spartans outhit the opposition 20-10 and played error-free baseball, as the squad closed out its season-opening roadtrip with a 3-3 record. The Pacers, meanwhile, drop their third straight contest and fall to 3-6 on the season.

A walk-off sacrifice fly-out by senior Taylor McCracken in the bottom of the ninth lifted No. 8 Birmingham-Southern to a 2-1 win against Transylvania at Striplin Field. Both teams scored an early run on defensive miscues and the score remained 1-1 for seven innings until the Panthers broke through in the ninth inning.

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Cory Nelson limited the Linfield offense to two unearned runs in a complete-game pitching performance as 17th-ranked Pacific Lutheran picked up a 5-2 rubber game victory over the 14th-ranked Wildcats in Northwest Conference action. Nelson picked up his first win of the season after pitching all nine innings, striking out four while allowing six hits and five walks. He threw 116 pitches while giving up only two unearned runs in the top of the second.

Earlham came from behind for the second consecutive game as the Quakers rallied for a 4-2 win over Sewanee at Sadler Stadium. John Cornett received a no-decision, allowing seven hits in six innings of work. Walter Talcott earned the win allowing one earned run while striking out four in three innings. Sewanee tallied 14 hits in the game compared to seven for Earlham. The Quakers drew seven walks while the Tigers committed four errors.

Bridgewater (Va.) extended its winning streak to four straight with a 13-2 victory over Juniata on a rainy morning at the Jopson Field Complex. The Eagles jumped on Juniata starter Hunter Price for three runs in the bottom of the first inning and when Juniata finally put runs on the board, the Eagles responded with six runs the next inning to slat the game away.

Wesley carried over their momentum from Saturday's big win into Sunday, where they nearly came away with a pair of wins, beating Greensboro 7-4 before falling 13-12 to the hosts Hampden-Sydney in the Floyd Wilcox Memorial Tournament. Hampden-Sydney used 18 hits to score 13 runs in the 13-12 come from behind win against Wesley. The Tigers trailed 11-4 early and 12-11 late, but rallied to score two runs in the ninth to clinch the win.