April 22, 2013

Maine Colleges: Monks take two against Rivier

From staff reports

NASHUA, N.H. - Nick Whittaker struck out nine batters in six scoreless innings, and Alex Lorenc and Alex Markakis drove in two runs apiece as St. Joseph's beat Rivier 6-0 to complete the sweep in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader.

The Monks (25-10, 13-3) cruised to an 11-3 win over the Raiders (8-29, 3-13) in the opener. Mike Pratt went 3 for 4 with a home run, and five RBI. Joe Coyne added two hits and four RBI.

Joe Gruntkosky got the win, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings with 10 strikeouts.

WHEATON 6, USM 1: Eric Jensen and Sean Ryan each drove in three runs as the Lyons (23-8) won at Gorham, snapping a 19-game winning streak for the Huskies (25-4).

John Carey scored Southern Maine's run on groundout after drawing a walk. The Huskies, who beat the Lyons 15-3 at Wheaton on Thursday, were held to three hits.

STONY BROOK 1, MAINE 0: Jack Parenty singled home Joshua Mason in the top of the 10th inning giving the Seawolves (14-26, 7-11 America East) the win over the Black Bears (24-15, 13-4) at Orono.

Maine starter Mike Connolly scattered four hits in nine innings and retired 12 straight batters at one point. Luke Morrill replaced Connolly and walked Mason, who advanced to second on a fielder's choice.

The Black Bears threatened in the ninth, but Nick Bernardo was tagged out at the plate attempting to score from second on a single to center field.

BOWDOIN SWEEPS WILLIAMS: The Polar Bears (20-9) extended their winning streak to 11, matching a school record, with victories of 4-1 and 3-2 over the Ephs (10-18) at Williamstown, Mass.

Bowdoin's Aaron Rosen went 4 for 4 with two runs scored in the opener, then added an RBI single in the second game.

Harry Ridge earned the win in the opener with five scoreless innings of relief. He struck out three and allowed just two hits and a walk.

Henry Van Zant allowed two runs in six innings to get the win in Game 2.

SMCC SPLITS WITH DEAN: Zachary Horton scored the winning run on an error in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Jeremy Gearty went 3 for 5 with a double, a home run, two RBI and three runs scored to lead the Seawolves (20-20-1) to a 15-14 win over the Bulldogs (16-16) in the second game of a doubleheader at South Portland.

Ethan Bilderback had a pair of hits and Michael Calabrese stole home for the Seawolves in a 4-2 loss in the opener.

SOFTBALL

SAINT JOSEPH'S SWEEPS SIMMONS: Connie Grovo hit a walk-off infield single in the seventh inning to give the Monks (28-8, 17-5 GNAC) a 3-2 win in Game 1, and St. Joseph's rode the arm of Rae-Marie Copan to a 2-0 victory over the Sharks (22-12, 15-9) in Game 2 at Standish.

In the opener, Danyelle Shufelt hit a one-out single and moved to second when the Sharks failed to cover the base. She then scored on Grovo's spinner between the pitching circle and second base.

In the second game, Copan struck out six while allowing just four and a walk and six strikouts. Shufelt tripled and scored on a Grovo groundout in the third. Heather Tripp added a solo home run in the sixth.

UNE SWEEPS NICHOLS: Abby Lambert struck out six and did not allow an earned run in a three-hitter, and Allie Frazier drove in three runs to lead the Nor'easters (21-14-1, 12-6 Commonwealth Coast) to a 6-2 win over the Bison (5-25, 3-13) in the opener of a doubleheader at Dudley, Mass.

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