Friday’s college roundup, baseball: Colby, Thomas split twinbill

Posted March 29, 2013, at 7:13 p.m.
Last modified March 29, 2013, at 10:38 p.m.

AUBURNDALE, Fla. —- Greg Ladd picked up his second win of the season and Nils Carlson had three hits and three RBI to help the Colby College baseball team to a 6-3 win over Thomas College in a battle of local rivals in Florida on Friday.

Thomas held off a seventh-inning rally by Colby to take a 4-3 victory in the nightcap. The Mules had their four-game win streak snapped and stand at 7-2 overall heading into a doubleheader with University of Chicago at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Luke Duncklee, Tim Corey, and Tyler Starks all had two hits in the opening game for Colby. Carlson smacked a two-run single in the fourth inning, while Corey and Colin Cummings both had two RBI.

Ladd worked six innings, struck out two, and walked two.

In the second game, Starks finished with three hits and Alec Finigan added two hits for the Mules.

Colby entered the top of the seventh inning trailing 4-0, but Starks had a two-run single and Finigan had an RBI single to cut the margin to 4-3.

Scott Goldberg, who took the tough loss for the Mules, had six strikeouts and three walks.

St. Joe’s, Roger Williams split

STANDISH — Saint Joseph’s College (9-4) split a non-conference baseball doubleheader with Roger Williams University (10-8) at Larry Mahaney Diamond on Friday afternoon. The Monks suffered an extra-inning 1-0 loss in the opener and rebounded to defeat the Hawks by a 3-0 margin in the nightcap.

Roger Williams, which entered the day having never defeated Saint Joseph’s in the 12-game history of the matchup, dealt St. Joe’s a difficult defeat in the first game, as the visitors plated an unearned run in the top of the ninth to knock off the Monks. Junior starting pitcher Nick Whittaker was the story in the closing contest, as the righthander tossed a complete-game one-hitter with four strikeouts to help the Royal Blue salvage a split in the team’s 2013 home-opening twinbill.

Trinity 8, Bowdoin 2

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Bowdoin College baseball team lost its NESCAC opener on Friday at Trinity, 8-2.

Sophomore RHP Sean Meekins scattered 11 hits in a complete-game effort and senior 1B Joe Papa doubled twice and drove in four runs to lead the Trinity (9-7). Bowdoin is 8-7.

The game was the opener of a three-game series that was moved to Trinity due to unplayable field conditions at Bowdoin, and was also the NESCAC East Division opener for both squads. The teams will finish the series with a doubleheader tomorrow at noon. Bowdoin serves as the “home” team in all three games of the series.

Trinity jumped on Bowdoin senior captain RHP Oliver Van Zant in the top of the first inning, as senior OF Alex Almeida opened the game with a single, and senior captain OF Michael Rueger followed with a walk. After both players stole bases, Almeida scored on a sacrifice fly by senior captain SS Stephen Rogers and Rueger scored on a ground ball by Papa. The Bantams added three more runs in the third inning on back-to-back walks by Almeida and Rueger, an RBI double by Papa, and a two-out, two-run single by sophomore OF Scott Huley.

Each team scored in the fourth frame, as Papa doubled home two in the top of the inning, and Bowdoin sophomores Cole DiRoberto and Mike McQuillan each provided RBI singles in the bottom of the inning. Trinity added another run in the ninth inning on a run-scoring base hit by Huley, and Meekins did not allow a Polar Bear past second base the after the fourth.

Meekins struck out two and did not walk a batter to improve to 3-0, while Van Zant dropped to 1-2. Bowdoin senior Dave Bernstein provided quality relief, going four innings and allowing two hits and one run with 4 K’s. Bowdoin sophomore 3B Sam Canales was 3-for-4 at the plate for the Polar Bears.

Bates 3, Tufts 0

MEDFORD — Junior pitcher Tom Baroni threw a five-hit shutout to lead the Bates College baseball team to a 3-0 victory at Tufts in the NESCAC East Division opener for both teams on Friday afternoon at Huskins Field.

Baroni struck out four and did not walk a batter while posting his first victory of the season. He gave up four singles and a double, with only one Jumbo reaching third base.

The Bobcats (6-4, 1-0 NESCAC East) gave Baroni a 1-0 lead before he even took the mound. Sophomore DH Rockwell Jackson reached on an error with one out in the first and stole second. He scored when senior 1B Kevin McGregor plopped a single into center.

Jumbo junior starter Christian Sbily kept it a one-run game through the seventh inning. After giving up two hits in the first, he allowed just one from the second through seventh innings.

Tufts junior LF Nate Izzo doubled with one out in the seventh as the Jumbos threatened to tie the game. A ground ball out moved Izzo to third, but Baroni left him there by getting a flyout to center.

The Bobcats added two big insurance runs in the eighth. Freshman 2B Conor Reenstierna worked a one-out walk and then scored on a triple to center by freshman CF Samuel Warren. Jackson followed with a single to score Warren.

Baroni finished off his shutout by retiring the Jumbos 1-2-3 in the ninth. He set down the last eight Jumbos in order, and 11 of the final 12.

Tufts is 7-6 and 0-1.

Softball

UMF earns sweep

QUINCY, Mass. — The Eastern Nazarene softball team endured two non-conference losses to the University of Maine-Farmington in the 2013 home-opener at Mitchell/McCoy Field, falling 5-4 and 6-4. The Lions progress to 4-12 on the year while the Beavers start the season with a 2-0 overall record.

Sam Losano recorded a team-high four hits on the afternoon while adding a pair of runs scored. Kori Sorensen collected three hits in the doubleheader and drove in two RBIs. Carissa Cicolini, Britny Costa and Sterling Marino all picked up two base knocks on the day for the Lions.

Farmington got on the board early in the opening contest, tallying a pair of runs in the first inning. Lily Barry drove in Michelle Cote from third with a sacrifice fly to left to give the visitors a 1-0 edge. Amy Jones doubled the Beavers’ advantage to 2-0 as she scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the frame.

The hosts cut the deficit in half, 2-1, with a score in the bottom of the first. Losano laced a lead-off single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cicolini. After taking third on a groundout by Costa, Losano scampered home on a wild pitch.

The Lions claimed a one-run edge in the third, going ahead 3-2. Eastern Nazarene loaded the bases with one out and Marino drew a walk to even the game at 2-2. Cicolini scored the go-ahead run for the home team, jogging home as Abigail Moore was hit by a pitch.

Farmington scored three times in the fifth to restore its lead to 5-3. Hannah Lust lifted a sacrifice fly to left to plate Devan Fitzgerald from third to even the game at 3-3. Barry’s two-run single down the left field line drove in Jones and Emily Soule.

The Beavers captured a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Haley Berry scored from third on an RBI double by Shelby Bryant down the left field line to open the scoring. Bryant motored home from second base on an infield single by Dayle Jordan.

In the top of the fifth, the Beavers reclaimed the lead on a three-run home run by Meryl Bond.

Tufts 8, Bates 0

MEDFORD — The Tufts University softball team shut out the Bobcats of Bates College, 8-0, in five innings in the first game of NESCAC East play on Friday afternoon at Spicer Field.

Tufts jumped ahead in the bottom of the first Junior LF Sara Hedtler reached on a bunt single and then stole second base. Sophomore CF Michelle Cooprider then brought her home with a single. Two batters later senior 2B Emily Beinecke added an RBI single.

The Bobcats had one hit in each of the next three innings, but they left a total of five runners on base. The Jumbos grew their lead to six runs in the second inning, kick-started by first-year RF Christina Raso’s (Burlington, MA) three-run homer. She now has two home runs and 12 runs batted in.

The last run of the inning came after Hedtler singled and scored, this time on a run-scoring double by Beinecke.

Tufts added its final two runs in the fourth inning. Junior Jo Clair (Glastonbury, CT) drove in Raso with an RBI double and later Clair scored on an error.

Wentworth sweeps UMPI

BOSTON — Sophomores Sam Curran and Liz Glavin each had three hits in the first game Thursday while classmate Anna Wahlstrom pitched a no-hitter in the nightcap as the Wentworth Institute of Technology softball team defeated the University of Maine-Presque Isle, 8-2 and 12-4.

Liz Glavin was 3-for-3 (including a double and a home run) with three RBI and three runs scored for Wentworth in the first game. Brittany Leutjen had two hits for the Owls while junior Krista Coffin took the loss in the circle.

Kellie Peers and Leutjen each drove in a run for UMPI.

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