UW-La Crosse ends home season on a high note

Justin Anderson's RBI in the bottom of the first in game two broke the single-season school record of 53 set by Chester Janke in 2002.
UW-La Crosse athletics photo by JimLund

No. 4 UW-La Crosse wrapped up its regular-season home schedule with a doubleheader sweep of St. Olaf College Wednesday afternoon at Copeland Park. The Eagles earned a 7-0 win in Wednesday's opener before coming back to earn a 9-4 victory in game two. UWL is 47-10 (.825) since starting to play its home games at Copeland Park in 2014.

Junior designated hitter Matt Long drove in five runs while righthander Donald Cusick tossed a complete game as fifth-seeded Montclair State upended No. 2 seed The College of New Jersey, 11-4 in the NJAC Baseball Championship at Kean's Jim Hynes Stadium. Peter Pena had two hits and two RBI for the Red Hawks, who now advance in the tournament and face No. 3 seed Ramapo in Mahwah, NJ on Thursday.

The SUNY Maritime season came to a close in the first of the Skyline play-in games as the Privateers fell to the St. Joseph's (Bklyn) Bears by the score of 3-2 on the Reinhart Baseball Field. Mount St. Mary plays St. Joseph's (L.I) tomorrow in the second elimination contest.

Chicago's pitching staff put together a complete performance and made early run support stand up in a 3-1 victory over Dominican. Pitching owned the day, and Brenton Villasenor led the charge. The UChicago freshman righthander recorded the best outing of his collegiate career. He went seven innings and struck out seven batters along the way, while only allowing one run on five hits and two walks. Both the strikeouts and innings pitched were career highs.

Despite more red-hot hitting from Colby's Zach Ellenthal, Tyler Schwanz had a home run and two doubles for the University of Maine and relief pitcher Connor Johnson threw five strong innings in the Black Bears’ 9-3 win in non-conference action at Coombs Field.

Martin Luther split its doubleheader at Crown, winning game one 17-13 before losing game two 13-6. The Knights overcame an early seven-run deficit to defeat the Storm in game one but could not find the magic again in the nightcap as Crown was able to come back to win game two to secure a split of the doubleheader.

Starting pitcher Jim Dawson threw seven impressive innings to guide St. John Fisher to 2-0 win over host Rochester Tech at Tiger Stadium. Dawson improved his record to 8-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.90 on the season. He scattered four hits, walked one and fanned two in the contest. The Cardinal bullpen kept Tigers as it did not allow a batter to reach base for the remaining two innings.
Steph Scatassa limited the Concordia-Moorhead Cobbers to just two runs on four hits—all in the first three innings—in helping the Cardinals to a 5-2 victory in game one of the conference twinbill.  Saint Mary's took a little different route, with the same end result, in game two, scoring six runs in the top of the ninth inning, erasing a 6-4 Concordia advantage and lifting the Cardinals to a 10-6—and, more importantly, into the MIAC Playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years.

Augsburg's Mike Brookshaw went 6-for-8 in the doubleheader with a double, five RBI and two runs scored, including a 5-for-5, four-RBI performance in the second game.
Augsburg athletics photo

Pounding out 26 hits in the doubleheader, Augsburg scored a sweep at Carleton in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action. Augsburg won 2-1 and 13-2 (7 innings).

Concordia (Wisc.) knew it would need to play well in every facet of the game to pull off wins over a nationally ranked opponent Wednesday. The Falcons did just that, sweeping No. 11 UW-Whitewater at Kapco Park. Strong pitching, good fielding and timely hitting allowed CUW to take down the Warhawks, 8-0 and 4-3.

Paul McDonough drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the eighth inning as No 19 Southern Maine came from behind to defeat visiting Bates, 10-7 in a non-conference game. Bates sent 11 men to the plate in the third inning to plate five runs to take a 5-1 lead and grabbed the lead again in the the eighth before McDonough's hit gave the Huskies the lead for good.

Gustavus concluded its home schedule in style by sweeping Bethel 5-2 and 3-2 behind a pair of impressive complete game pitching performances. Jacob Volness went the distance (7 inn.) in game one, allowing one earned run on just two hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Connor Kern followed suit in game two with a nine-inning complete game, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Cornell dished out the first few punches, but Coe delivered the knockout blow in the middle innings and took an 18-9 nonconference baseball game from the Rams at Ash Park Field. The Rams and Kohawks combined for 36 hits and used 47 total players in the 3-hour, 21-minute contest that saw Cornell grab a 5-1 lead through three innings. Coe forged ahead 7-5 in the fifth, and then broke it open in the sixth with a long two-out rally. The Kohawks plated seven runs – all with two outs – on seven hits in the frame and left with a 14-5 cushion.

Austin MacMillan tossed a complete game shutout while leading Elmhurst to a 2-0 win over Benedictine. MacMillan was virtually unhittable, allowing just two hits and two walks while shutting down the Eagles. Benedictine put a runner at second base in the first and second inning, but came up empty each time. MacMillan allowed only two baserunners to reach first for the final seven innings.

Elmira hit the road in the second game of the non-conference home-and-home series with Pitt-Bradford. The Soaring Eagles powered past the Panthers for a 7-2 victory to sweep the season series. Blake Phelps went five innings, before turning things over to the Elmira bullpen. Two second inning runs were all Pitt-Bradford could muster off the EC rookie, who notched his second victory in as many weeks.

Ithaca improved to 21-14 on the season with a 6-3 non-conference victory over St. Lawrence at Wells College. Ithaca produced five extra base hits in the win. Trevor Thompson and Domenic Boresta both hit home runs for the apt named Bombers.

Marian swept the season series from Ripon with an 11-5 road win to finish the non-conference portion of their schedule. Four Sabres would have multi-hit games in the win led by Michael Buss who went 3-5 with three runs scored, and Jordan Walker who hit 3-5 with a pair of runs scored and four runs batted in.

Liam Coughlin improved to 4-1 on the season with his first career shutout for Brandeis.
Brandeis athletics photo by Robert Shaw

Brandeis junior Liam Coughlin tossed a five-hit shutout over seven innings today as the Judges defeated UMass Dartmouth, 4-0, in their regular-season finale. The game was called in the top of the eighth because of a torrential downpour. The Judges close their regular season with a 19-16-1 record, and await a possible ECAC Tournament berth on Monday.

The Prairie Fire won for the second day in a row, defeating Millikin 4-1. Knox trailed 1-0 after the second inning, but took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third. The Prairie Fire extended the lead with runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Ken Bartelt earned the win on the mound in a scoreless inning to move to 2-0 on the year. Alec Jordan threw a scoreless ninth to grab the save.

St. Scholastica won both games of a mid-week doubleheader versus Northland. CSS took game one by a final score of 11-5 and game two by a score of 18-4. Today's sweep paired with Northwestern's split with Minnesota Morris gives the Saints a game lead with two games remaining. The Minnesota Morris Cougars 8-1 win over Northwestern in the first game sets up a golden opportunity to reach the UMAC Tournament. Minnesota Morris fell 6-2 in the second game of the doubleheader with Northwestern.

Hunter Hart drove in six runs and scored five times in his first MIAC starts of the seasons and No. 15-ranked St. Thomas closed out an important 9-0, 11-9 road sweep of Hamline in a battle of conference co-leaders. The Tommies locked up a playoff berth and top-two seed, making it 17-for-17 in playoff appearances since the event debuted in 2000. St. Thomas can secure at least a share of the MIAC championship with one win in Saturday's home twinbill against Gustavu, and take the solo title with a sweep.

Bethany Lutheran played their final home games of the 2016 season against the North Central Rams. Bethany earned the series sweep of the Rams, winning 10-0 and 14-4. Providing the offensive highlights in game on was Alex Zentzis and Nick Caldeen. Zentzis finished the game with two home runs and three RBIs for the Vikings. Caldeen added a three-run home run, triple, and single for a total of four RBIs. The lone senior on the roster, pitcher Collin Risting got win in the final home game of the 2016 season. The right-hander worked 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out five batters.

UW-Oshkosh prevailed over Carroll by the final score of 10-8. The two teams would trade leads until a pair of costly errors in the top of the eighth inning gave UW-Oshkosh the lead for good.

Thanks to seven combined runs in the fourth and fifth innings, Washington & Jefferson downed Mount Union, 8-5, in nonconference action. The victory extends the Presidents eight-game winning streak that began on April 23. Mount Union drops to even, 18-18 on the year.