Thanks to clutch hitting by Joey DiSarno (Berkeley Heights, Soph.), Moravian is going to the NCAA Division 3 baseball playoffs. DiSarno drilled a pinch-hit single up the middle with a man on third base in the eighth inning of last Monday's Landmark Conference championship game with the University of Scranton in Washington, D.C. The runner on third came in on DiSarno's single to give the Greyhounds a 6-5 victory and a date with Ithaca College in Auburn, N.Y. on Wednesday. Moravian is 24-17.
Somewhere along the line, Moravian might meet up with Rensselaer Poly. The Engineers played their way in with a 7-0 win over Union College on Sunday for the Liberty League championship. Shortstop Jonny Rio (Maplewood, Sr.) treated RPI to a 2-for-5 performance with the bat. He singled twice, stole a couple bases, drove in a run and scored twice. Previous to that, RPI (28-13) defeated Union, 8-1, on Friday, with Rio driving one run each on a single and a fielder's choice.
Rutgers teed off on Georgetown at Bainton Field in Piscataway, sweeping a weekend series by scores of 17-3, 7-1 and 13-11. Shortstop John Jennings (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) got a piece of that action, starting in the Friday win, when he produced an RBI single as part of a five-run eighth inning by the Scarlet Knights. Although he had just a single in the Saturday victory, he scored three runs, as he also reached base on a walk, a fielder's choice and a bunt on which the pitcher mishandled the ball. Jennings closed the series with a 2-for-3 effort on Sunday, in which he had two singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly to right field that scored a run. He also stole two bases in the series that saw Rutgers improve to 25-26.
Frank Schwindel (Livingston, Jr.) drove in the winning run for St. John's with a single up the middle in Saturday's 2-1 win at home over Notre Dame. That was one of two singles that day for the first baseman in four at-bats. The Fighting Irish exacted revenge, 16-7, on Sunday, although Schwindel had something to say with the bat. He went 3-for-5, blasting a solo home run, along with a double and a single. He scored three runs and drove in two. St. John's is 22-31.
Tyler Martis (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) came alive with the bat as Siena swept a three-game series from St. Peter's in Jersey City. The shortstop went 8-for-12 over the span, starting with a 4-for-5 effort in Saturday's 16-4 win. Each of his hits was a single and he scored three runs. The Saints (24-26) won the first game of a Sunday doubleheader, 7-4, with Martis going 1-for-3. The second game went to Siena, 8-2, as Martis produced a triple, double and single from four at-bats.
Fairfield's Mike Wallace (Madison, Fr.) limited Manhattan College to just one run on four hits as the Stags worked out a 3-1 victory in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader in the Bronx. Although he had no strikeouts, Wallace kept the Jaspers at bay, as they repeatedly hit into ground outs and fly outs. He walked only one batter as his record improved to 6-3. Fairfield is 17-28.
Alex Gouin (West Orange, Jr.) kept Hartford in the game with two and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief in a 3-1 loss to Maryland-Baltimore County in Baltimore on Saturday. Gouin allowed just one hit and struck out two batters. The Hawks are 16-33.
Montclair State benefited from relief stints turned in by both John Silvestri (Livingston, Jr.) and John Higgins (Madison, Fr.). Silvestri earned his first save of the season in Friday's 6-5 win over Keystone College in LaPlume, Pa. He hurled one and two-thirds innings of scoreless, no-hit ball. He entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with a man on first and one out; he promptly shut the door by getting the first batter he faced to ground into a double play. The circumstances weren't as favorable in Higgins' case. He gave the Red Hawks one inning of scoreless relief in Saturday's 4-0 road loss to Ithaca College. He struck out one batter and allowed one hit. Montclair closed out a 15-19-1 season.
A Rob Fonseca (Madison, Soph.) double down the left field line drove in two runs and propelled Northeastern to a 3-1 victory over Delaware in Brookline, Mass. on Saturday. One of those runners was John Puttress (New Providence, Sr.), who reached base on a single. The Huskies (27-22) then defeated Delaware, 5-3, on Sunday, with Fonseca good for a double and a single in four at-bats. He also drew a walk and scored two of Northeastern's runs. Puttress had a single in four trips to the dish.
Doug Pastore (New Providence, Fr.) closed out the season for Richard Stockton with a relief stint that went five and one-third innings on Wednesday in a 6-2 loss to SUNY-Purchase in the first round of the ECAC Metro tournament in Galloway. Pastore entered the game in the fourth inning, with the Ospreys behind, 5-1. He scattered four hits during his tenure, with just one unearned run allowed. He struck out two batters. Stockton ended the season at 23-19.
Trinity College of Connecticut has advanced to this Saturday’s final four at Stevenson University in Maryland. Victories over Montclair State, 17-8, last Wednesday, Augustana (Ill.), 19-2, on Saturday and The College of New Jersey, 12-7, on Sunday paved the way. Megan Leonhard (Summit, Sr.) scored four goals for Trinity in the Montclair win; she also had four draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover. She again scored four times in the Augustana rout, in which she managed five draw controls, one ground ball and one caused turnover. TCNJ kept Leonhard under wraps on Sunday, limiting her to just one shot on goal. She neither scored nor set up a Trinity tally, but did earn credit for two ground balls, two draw controls and two TCNJ turnovers. Trinity, the defending Division 3 champion, brings a 20-0 record into Saturday’s match against Cortland State.
Jaclyn Leto (Chatham, Fr.) scored four goals to lead Dartmouth to an 11-8 win over Boston College in first-round NCAA Division 1 play in Syracuse, N.Y. on Friday. Leto also assisted on one goal and retrieved one ground ball. Teammate Frances Bird (Summit, Soph.) got credit for one ground ball. The Big Green saw their season end on Sunday, when they lost, 21-8, to Syracuse in the second round. Leto scored one goal and controlled one draw, while Bird caused a Syracuse turnover and came up with a ground ball. Dartmouth finished the season at 11-8.
Franklin & Marshall made it to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division 3 playoffs with victories over Elizabethtown, 17-7, and York (Pa.), 10-9, both in Lancaster, Pa. Kimberly Abruzzo (Summit, Soph.) had three goals and an assist for the Diplomats in the Elizabethtown victory. Her goals all came within a four-minute span late in the first half. She didn’t factor in the scoring against York, but came up with an assist in the season-ending loss, 8-6, to undefeated Salisbury on that rival’s turf on Sunday. She also lifted one ground ball. Franklin & Marshall concluded a 16-5 season.
York advanced to the Franklin & Marshall game with a 13-6 win over Washington & Lee (10-10) in the first round. Amelia Murcott (Madison, Fr.) scored one of the W&L goals; she also had one draw control. Teammate Caroline Kingsbery (Short Hills, Sr.) got credit for one ground ball.
Massachusetts advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division 1 tournament with a 14-10 win over Connecticut in the first round in State College, Pa. on Friday. Melissa Carelli (Maplewood, Jr.) scored one goal for UMass, caused two UConn turnovers and came up with one ground ball.
Penn State then took out UMass in a Sunday second-round match. Evan Foulsham (Madison, Jr.) got credit for lifting four ground balls for the Nittany Lions. Carelli controlled four draws, caused one turnover and brought up one ground ball. UMass brought the curtain down on an 18-3 season. Penn State (14-6) takes on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. on Saturday.
Susquehanna bowed out of the NCAA Division 3 playoffs in the first round, when they came out on the short end of a 15-7 verdict against Geneseo State. Emma Ehler (Chatham, Jr.) scored two goals for Susquehanna (17-1), while teammate Meredith Crane (Maplewood, Soph.) chimed in with a goal and three assists.
Salisbury routed Susquehanna, 22-2, at home on Wednesday to kick off the NCAA Division 3 playoffs. Tyler Smith (Madison, Jr.) got the scoring started for the Sea Gulls less than two minutes into the game; he finished with three goals.
Washington & Lee advanced with a 19-6 thrashing of Sewanee in Lexington, Va. on Wednesday to set up a Saturday showdown at home against Salisbury. Tim Werner (Westfield, Jr.) put the ball into the cage once for the Generals.
Those two aforementioned games stand in stark contrast to Saturday's contest, which was won by Salisbury, 7-4. Neither Smith nor Werner scored, although Smith got credit for recovering one ground ball. Salisbury (16-5) next faces Dickinson in Carlisle, Pa. on Wednesday. Washington & Lee can now ruminate on a 16-5 season.
The scoring was free and easy for Roanoke in Wednesday's first-round NCAA Division 3 contest against Centre College in Salem, Va. The Maroons won, 21-4, with Chad Smith (Madison, Soph.) contributing two goals. Roanoke (17-3) then lost, 12-9, to Lynchburg on Saturday to bring an end to their season. Smith scored one of the Roanoke goals.
Jeff Wyckoff (Summit, Fr.) of Stevens Tech won nine of 13 faceoffs and picked up a game-high seven ground balls as the Ducks were eliminated by Tufts, 14-9, in Medford, Mass. on Saturday in second-round action of the NCAA Division 3 tournament. Stevens concluded a 13-5 campaign.
Notre Dame's men lost, 4-3, to the University of Washington in the first round of the NCAA Division 1 playoffs in Columbus, Ohio on Friday. Quentin Monaghan (Chatham, Fr.) teamed with Greg Andrews for an 8-3 victory at third doubles over Viktor Farkas and Max Manthou. Washington, however, won the two other doubles matches to take the doubles point. On into singles play, Monaghan battled valiantly, but conceded in three sets to Marton Bots, 7-6 (10-8), 2-6, 6-3.
The College of New Jersey's women's team got through the first round of the NCAA Division 3 tournament in Amherst, Mass. on Friday with a 5-3 win over Geneseo State. Allison Tierney (Berkeley Heights, Jr.) earned victories at second singles, 6-4, 6-4, over Dexhuan Yuan and at first doubles with Karisse Bendijo, 8-5, over Katie Talbot and Marylen Santos. Meanwhile, Tara Criscuolo (Westfield, Jr.) and Alex Bologno took care of business at third doubles with an 8-5 win over Yuan and Z. Abdus-Salaam. The Lions then saw their season end on Saturday, when they were defeated, 5-2, by Skidmore. TCNJ took two victories in doubles play – Tierney and Bendijo took out Lee Ford and Nataly Mendoza, 8-6, while Criscuolo and Bologno defeated Melissa Hirsch and Yumi Karlshoej, 9-8 (7-3). Tierney, however, lost, 6-4, 6-1, to Ford in singles action.