Hampden-Sydney, Haverford post upsets

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Jorge Castro tossed five scoreless innings in his first Valiant start Thursday
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Manhattanville used five scoreless innings from junior Jorge Castro and three RBIs from senior Robbie Lynch to propel past the Pioneers of William Paterson 8-4 Thursday afternoon at Jeff Albies Field. Castro struck out four while scattering four hits and three walks to earn his first win in the Crimson and Black for Manhattanville.

In the first game of the season at Kannerstein Field, Haverford rode the momentum of friendly confines to a 7-3 victory over 16th-ranked TCNJ. Haverford had five hitters with multi-hit games including the first four hitters in the order. Ethan Lee-Tyson, Spencer Sohmer, Ben Verducci, Sam Partee and Will Karp each recorded a pair of hits. Zachary Shindler was the only Lion with a multi-hit game.

Junior Tyler Weninger's two-run triple highlighted a six-run third inning rally that lifted Wentworth to a 7-4 non-league victory over Massachusetts Maritime at Commodore Hendy Field.  The visiting Leopards matched their win total of last season in just 13 games in the 2017 campaign.

Salisbury traveled to Washington College for game two of the two-game series between the two programs. The Sea Gulls defeated the Shoremen by the final score of 3-1. Connor Reeves was brilliant throughout making just his second start of the season. Reeves picked up his fourth win going nine innings pitched allowing just six hits, one run, and issuing two walks while striking out eight.

Sophomore Steve Santigate was 3-for-4 with a three run home run leading #25 Kean to a 7-1 win over St. Joseph's (Long Island). Reliever Tyler Hopman earned the win with two and two thirds innings of shutout work, allowing just one hit and one walk with one strikeout. It was a pitchers' duel to start with but only Kean held their own in the late innings as the Cougar offense got back on track.

DePauw picked up win number 15 on the year after sweeping a doubleheader against Maine-Farmington with a 5-3 win in game one and a 7-0 win in game two. In game one, DePauw came out swinging behind Zack Wade's three hit, four RBI day. In game two, DePauw got a five-inning gem from Tyler Holt who allowed just two hits and struck out nine.

Behind six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Springfield erased a five-run deficit and picked up an 8-7 win over Dean at Berry-Allen Field. Thursday's contest marked the last home opener on the current Berry-Allen Field, as the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation has partnered with Springfield College to design and build a one-of-a-kind intercollegiate and adaptive baseball park, set to be complete by September 1, 2017.

Sophomore Austin Lindner was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth to deliver WPI's 6-5 walkoff win versus visiting Fitchburg State in a non-conference contest at the New England Baseball Complex. With the triumph, the Engineers up their record to 13-5, including a 7-1 ledger at the NEBC, through the first month of the season.

A five-run, two-out fifth inning lifted Whitman from a one-run deficit and led the Blues to an eventual 7-2 victory over visiting Lewis & Clark in a non-conference baseball game at Borleske Stadium. The big knock in the fifth inning for Whitman (12-15) came from Tyler Lewis whose bases-loaded double to the bottom of the center-field fence cleared the bags and signaled the end for the Pioneers.

Keystone scored three runs in the first inning of a non-conference contest at Susquehanna and never trailed in a 6-3 victory in a game that was called after eight innings due to darkness. Bray Curreri led Keystone with three hits while Anthony Ferrezza and Brady Barr had two hits apiece for the Giants, who held a 12-7 advantage in hits for the game.

Senior Caleb Fernholz and junior Drew Molin combined to allow one run with 16 strikeouts over 14 innings in Thursday's 4-1, 2-0 non-conference sweep for the host Tommies over UW-Stout. St. Thomas made the most of 12 hits from nine different players on the day. Zach Gottfredsen, Sam Cobbs and Sam Schneider hit solo home runs in the opener. Fernholz allowed five hits, one run, one walk and fanned five in recording his first career complete game. Molin struck out 11 and scattered five hits in his complete-game shutout victory.

Jonathan Triesler then capped off his three shutout innings by retiring all three batters with two strikeouts in the ninth.
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Hampden-Sydney returned to the win column, scoring a 2-1 comeback win over arch-rival No. 12 Randolph-Macon. Both pitching staffs gave strong performances, allowing a combined 13 hits and three runs. Jimmy Butler had a strong start, allowing just one run on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings. Jonathan Triesler picked up the win while giving up just one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.

Bethel (Minn.) continued it's early-season success when defeating Northwestern (Minn.) for the second time this year by a final score of 12-2. Just like Bethel's season opener against UNW started, the Eagles jumped out to an early advantage, leading 1-0 after two innings completed. But the Royals quickly responded, scoring four runs in the third, three in the fifth, two in the sixth, one in the seventh, and two more in the ninth before Northwestern scored their only other run in the final frame.

Pitt-Greensburg split its home opener with Penn State Altoona at Bobcat Park. Thursday's games were the AMCC opener for both teams. Penn State Altoona took the opening game by a score of 7-2, while the Bobcats came out on top in the nightcap 7-3.

Clark scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and the host Cougars posted a 9-7 win over Worcester-area rival Nichols. The win for the Cougars sees them wrap up their homestand an impressive 7-2 and marks the eighth game this season in which they have collected ten hits or more.

With its most important games coming up, the Muhlenberg baseball team has found a winning formula, combined tremendous starting pitching with outstanding defense and the long ball. The Mules used this formula, defeating Penn State Abington 5-2 in their first game at Cedarcreek Field this season. Senior Troy Elias pitched six innings of one-hit ball to earn his first win of the season. He struck out three and allowed only a fifth-inning bunt single in continuing the staff's run of strong starting pitching. Senior John Icaza provided the long ball, socking a two-run homer in the fifth and a solo shot in the seventh.

A pair of bases-loaded walks in the top of the 10th inning proved to be the difference in the game as MIT walked away with an 8-6 road win over Endicott. The victory runs the MIT winning streak to four straight overall as the Engineers defeat Endicott for just the third time in program history.

Gettysburg erased a late four-run deficit and came away with an 8-8 tie versus Penn State Mont Alto in a non-conference that was called after 10 innings due to darkness at Kirchhoff Field. The Bullets trailed 8-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth, when it scored three runs. Gettysburg pushed across the tying run in the ninth but was unable to put a runner on base in the 10th before the game was halted well over three hours after it started.

Ithaca displayed an offensive power surge at Freeman Field against SUNY Oneonta, as the Bombers recorded 16 hits – six for extra bases – en route to a 12-6 victory in Ithaca's home opener in 2017. Matt Carey was the only Bomber with multiple extra-base hits with two doubles.

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