EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Nic Lops capped a five-run ninth-inning rally with a two-run single as St. Joseph’s College won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference baseball championship with a 7-6 victory Sunday over Suffolk.

Dan Achorn’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth cut the Monks’ deficit to 6-4. After Nate Martin scored on a sacrifice fly by Joe Coyne, St. Joseph’s reloaded the bases, and Lops hit a drive to right-center for the tying and winning runs.

St. Joseph’s (35-5) was unbeaten in the double-elimination tournament as it earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Andrew Devereaux gave up one run on two hits over 32/3 innings of relief to earn the win.

MAINE 10, ALBANY 0: Jeffrey Gibbs struck out seven and gave up just two hits over six innings, and Troy Black went 4 for 4 as the Black Bears (22-19, 8-4 America East) cruised to a win over Albany (14-27-1, 8-6) at Orono.

Ian Leisenheimer added three hits, two RBI and two runs scored. Scott Heath also drove in a pair of runs.

BATES 7, COLBY 6: Griff Tewksbury reached base three times and scored two runs, and the Bobcats (21-15, 5-7 NESCAC East) survived a six-run ninth-inning rally by the Mules (16-17, 3-9) in Portland.


ST. JOSEPH’S 6, EMERSON 2: Lindsay Moore hit a two-run single during a three-run third inning and finished with three hits as the Monks (33-7) beat Emerson (31-9) to win the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship at Wenham, Mass.

Maddie Kluna added two hits and two RBI and Theresa Hendrix pitched a four-hitter for the Monks, who will play in the NCAA Division III tournament for the second straight year.

MAINE 1, UMBC 0: Brynne Davis went 3 for 3 and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jennifer Eberhardt in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Black Bears (15-26-1, 6-7-1 America East) over the Retrievers (19-28, 1-14) at Orono.

BOWDOIN SWEEPS BATES: Amy Hackett and Casey Correa each homered in the first game, and Toni DaCampo went 4 for 4 with four RBI in Game 2 as the Polar Bears (28-12, 8-4 NESCAC East) clinched a berth in the NESCAC tournament with a pair of wins over the Bobcats (18-12, 5-7) at Lewiston, 12-4 and 10-0.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT SWEEPS USM: The Huskies (4-36, 2-12 Little East) were held to a total of seven hits as they ended their season with 8-0 and 4-0 losses to Western Connecticut State (27-13, 7-7) at Danbury, Conn.