Big South Baseball Teams Post Five Wins On Sunday


Tyler Costello tossed eight shutout innings, Brett Mollenhauer had three hits and two-run homer in the fifth inning to get Radford on the board, and the Highlanders picked up a series victory over Bryant with a 10-0 win on Sunday.

Costello (2-0) held Bryant in check, allowing just five hits while striking out three.  He set down nine straight hitters from the fifth inning on, while the Highlanders (8-8) put three runs on the board in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Radford put double-digit runs on the board for the second straight game, pounding out 17 hits.  Phil Bondi went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Cory Turner went 3-for-4, and Zach Costello added a 2-for-4 game, scoring twice.

After coming up empty in the fourth, the Highlanders responded in the fifth when Zach Costello led off with a single, setting the table for Mollenhauer's home run -  the third of his career.   Radford added another fifth inning run on Bondi's RBI single.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Highlanders added three more - Zach Costello doubled home Josh Gardiner following a leadoff walk, Jeff Kemp hit a sacrifice fly to score Costello, then Bondi added another RBI, this time with two outs.

Up 6-0 in the eighth, the Highlanders batted around and put four more on the board, highlighted by a two-run, pinch-hit double by Josh Reavis in his first career at-bat.

Bryant right-hander Craig Schlitter took the loss (0-3) - he surrendered four earned runs in five innings.

Radford heads to Virginia Tech for a 5:30 p.m. game on Tuesday, before playing nine of the next 11 at home.

The High Point University baseball team completed the sweep of Manhattan with a 2-0 win on Sunday at Williard Stadium. Jacob Newberry picked up his second win of the season and Jaime Schultz closed out the game for his fourth save of the year. Spencer Angelis drove in the game-winning run.

The Panthers' pitching staff shut out the Jaspers for the final 21 innings of the series. The Jaspers last scored on an unearned run in the sixth inning of Friday's game.

Newberry went 5-2/3 innings, giving up six hits with two strikeouts to improve to 2-0 this season. He left the game with the bases loaded in the sixth and Kyle Wigmore got the first batter he faced to groundout to third base to end the threat.

Resnik relieved Wigmore with two outs and two runners on in the seventh inning and got Anthony Vega to fly out to centerfield to end the inning. Jordan Foster started the eighth inning on the mound for High Point, walking one batter and striking one out before he was relieved by Schultz.

Schultz threw 1-2/3 innings allowing one hit for his fourth save of the season. He is 1-1 on the year and has converted all four save opportunities. The HPU pitching staff stranded 11 Manhattan base runners in the game.

Angelis drove in HPU's first run of the game with a groundout to the first baseman that scored Devin Bujnovsky. Ryan Retz added an insurance run in the sixth inning with an RBI-single to right centerfield. Bujnovsky was 2-3 with a run scored in the game.

Scott McClennan took the loss for Manhattan, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out two. His record stands at 0-3 this season.

High Point improves to 11-7 with the win. The Panthers will head to Greensboro, N.C. on Tuesday for the second road game of the season. HPU and North Carolina A&T will face off at 3 p.m.

The Coastal Carolina baseball team capped off a school-record 64 innings of baseball over five days as Tucker Frawley's bases-loaded single in the 12th inning gave the Chanticleers (8-6) a 3-2 win over Ohio State (8-6) Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Chanticleer Classic at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.

The Chants played 18 innings Wednesday, defeating Toledo and UNC Wilmington in a missed doubled header; dropped a 10-7 decision to Toledo in 11 innings Friday; played 23 innings Saturday in a mixed double header - beating Ohio State and losing to Marist in 14 innings; before playing 12 innings Sunday in the win over Buckeyes.

Justin Creel started the 12th by being hit by a pitch and Rich Witten followed with a single. After an out, Creel and Witten stole third and second, respectively. Ohio State would intentionally walk Ted Blackman to load the bases. Frawley, a senior captain, lined a one-ball, two-strike fastball to right-center field, just beyond a diving David Corna, for the game winner.

Aaron Burke improved to 4-0 on the season. The junior pitched the final 4.1 innings, allowing two hits, no runs and two walks with a strikeout. Josh Dezse (1-1) suffered the loss. He also pitched 4.1 innings, allowing three hits and one run with two walks and two strikeouts.

Both teams had their chances throughout as Ohio State had trouble several times executing potential sacrifice bunts and leaving seven runners on base, while Coastal Carolina left 11 runners.

With two outs in the fourth, Dezse, then serving as the designated hitter, drew a walk and Corna reached on an infield single, the first base hit by the Buckeyes on the day. Brad Hallberg followed with an RBI double, putting OSU up 1-0. Austin Kerr was called upon to limit the damage, which he did by getting Kirby Pellant to pop out for the third out.

In the home half of the fourth, Coastal did some two-out damage to take a 2-1 lead. With one out, Daniel Bowman singled and Blackman followed with an infield hit. After a fly out, Alex Buccilli walked to load the bases. Sloan Gilliam plated Bowman and Blackman to give the Chants a 2-1 lead.

Ohio State tied the game in the eighth. Greg Soloman reached on an error and took third on a hit-and-run single by Aaron Gretz. With runners on the corners, Tim Wetzel laid down a safety squeeze bunt, plating Soloman.

Austin Wallace, who was thought to miss significant time with a hip injury, was cleared to play and pitched 3.1 impressive innings to start the game. He did not allow a hit or a run with a walk and four strikeouts, including fanning each of the first three batters.

Offensively, Witten finished with three hits, while Bowman, Blackman and Gilliam each added two hits. Bowman has a nine-game hit streak and he, Frawley, Creel and Witten have reached base safely (by hit, walk or hit by pitch) in 11 straight games.

Coastal Carolina will continue its 22-game home stand by hosting regional rival College of Charleston on Wednesday (Mar. 14) at 4 pm. The Chants will then host its fifth and final tournament, the CC Classic, Mar. 16-18. The weekend field includes Michigan, Connecticut and UAB.

The Presbyterian College baseball team completed its weekend sweep of the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a 4-3 win over the Highlanders on Sunday at the PC Baseball Complex.  PC improves to 8-10. NJIT moves to 4-5 on the year.

Billy Motroni (Goose Creek, S.C.) led the Blue Hose with two RBI on the day, the first multiple RBI game of the freshman's career. Nate Chong (Duluth, Ga.) went 2-for-3 and stole three bases.

Chad Sanders (St. Simons Island, Ga.) got the start for PC and earned the first win of his career. The sophomore went five and two-thirds innings, allowing only three runs (two earned) on four hits.

Gabe Grammer (Irmo, S.C.) picked up his fifth save of the season, setting a new Division I-era single season record. Grammer passes Chandler Knox's (Columbia, S.C.) 2011 mark of four.

In addition to his work at the plate, Motroni several impressive plays at shortstop and his most crucial play came in the top of the ninth with PC leading 4-3. NJIT put runners on the corners with one out, but Motroni fielded a sharply hit ball near second base, stepped on the bag and threw to first for the game-ending double play.

Bryan Bleakley went 2-for-3 for NJIT and picked up the team's lone RBI. Starting pitcher Mark Leiter went all eight innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits.

PC scored two runs in the first inning and one in the second and fourth while the Highlanders tallied a run in the first and two in the sixth.

NJIT manufactured a run to take an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Highlanders reached on a leadoff error and moved the runner to third, eventually capitalizing with a wild pitch go ahead.

PC answered in the bottom of the frame, beginning with a Grammer leadoff double. Motroni followed with a bunt single that moved Grammer to third and Micklon brought the senior in on a frozen rope that deflected off of third baseman Jeff Peterson's glove.

Kenny Bryant (Goose Creek, S.C.) followed by doubling down the right field line, scoring Motroni to give the Blue Hose a 2-1 lead after the opening inning.

Motroni extended PC's advantage to 3-1 in the third. The freshman lifted a fly ball deep enough to bring home Chong from third on a sacrifice fly.

In Chong's next at-bat in the fourth, the outfielder drew a leadoff walk and used a hit-and-run to get to third base on an Andrew Williams (Augusta, Ga.) single. Motroni came through with another sacrifice for a score, this time on a bunt that allowed Chong to cross home plate. PC led after the score, 4-1.

NJIT posted two runs in the sixth to narrow PC's lead. The Highlanders scored one on a wild pitch and used a Bryan Bleakley RBI single to pull within one, 4-3.

The Blue Hose threatened the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with two outs before a strikeout ended the frame with the bags full.

Buck Mosteller (Woodruff, S.C.) entered the game and shut the Highlanders down, giving up only one hit in two and one-third innings.

The Highlanders nearly scored the game's tying run in the ninth but Motroni's double play and Grammer's save capped the win.

PC returns to action on Wednesday when the team travels to Kennesaw State. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.

UNC Asheville pounded out 15 hits and scored 13 runs to back the starting pitching of Dean Roland as the Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 13-0 victory over visiting Morehead State Sunday afternoon.

Asheville (8-9) was led by a trio of players with three hits each. Thomas Bess went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Hunter Bryant went 3-for-5 with two doubles, while Cody Buch added three hits and two runs scored.

That was more than enough for Roland (3-2). The right-hander went seven innings, scattering three hits, striking out six and walking one. Klint Davis and Taylor Krugh pitched the final two innings and allowed just one hit.

Asheville jumped in front with two runs in the first inning.  The Bulldogs loaded the bases with no one out and got a sacrifice fly from Todd Joyner and a run-scoring single from Ian Graham to jump to a 2-0 lead.

The home team put the game away in the fourth with seven runs to build a 9-0 lead. Asheville sent 13 men to plate with Bryant getting both his doubles in the frame. The freshman doubled down the left-field line to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Buch drove in one run to make it 3-0 with Bryant scoring on an outfield error.

Asheville got two runs via bases-loaded walks to Jordan Lurie and Billy Creighton. Bryant completed the uprising with a two-run double down the right-field line.

Bess drove in his second run of the game in fifth to pad the lead to 10-0. He drove in another run in the seventh with a ground-out.

The Bulldogs completed the scoring in eighth with two more runs as Asheville scored the runs on a throwing error at third base.

Creighton and Graham added two hits each for the Blue & White.

The Bulldogs are off this week. They moved their game with Western Carolina schedule for Tuesday night to March 21 at McCormick Field starting at 6 p.m. Asheville opens Big South Conference play at Greenwood Field vs. VMI at 3 p.m.

Jeremy Banks hit two home runs, including a tie-breaking three-run shot in the eighth inning, helping the Youngstown State Penguins defeat the VMI Keydets, 10-2, Sunday afternoon at Gray-Minor Stadium.

After Banks' first inning home run, the combination of starter Jeremy Brown and reliever Travis Thomas had kept the Penguins (1-12) off the scoreboard into the eighth, and VMI had a slim 2-1 lead. The first two batters of the eighth reached against Thomas, and the Keydets (6-8) summoned Michael Devine to face Banks.

The first baseman hit a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall, giving YSU a lead that it would not relinquish. The two long balls gave Banks three on the weekend, five on the season and raised his average to .481 over the Penguins' 13 2012 contests.

Nic Manuppelli (1-1) got the win in relief for Youngstown State, as he pitched three innings and allowed only one hit. Thomas (0-2) took the loss for VMI, as he was charged with the initial eighth-inning runs.

Banks got YSU on the board first, homering in the opening inning for the second time in the series. The Keydets struck for two runs in the third, as Nick Dwyer pulled a double down the left field line, and Gary LeClair followed with one of his own to plate his classmate and tie the game, 1-1. After a sacrifice bunt, Andrew Montague plated LeClair with a RBI groundout, giving the Keydets a 2-1 lead.

From there, both starters - YSU's Pat Shedlock and VMI's Jeremy Brown - settled in and matched zeros. The Keydets had two baserunners in the fifth inning, but neither could reach second base due to a caught stealing. Brown exited after five innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while Shedlock was gone after six, scattering four hits and allowing two runs.

Neither squad had a runner reach second base again until the seventh, when YSU's David Leon singled with one out. After a fly out, Leon moved to second on a wild pitch, but Thomas retired Phil Lipari to end the frame and preserve the Keydet lead. VMI threatened in its half of the seventh, as Brandon Diamond posted his first collegiate hit, a ringing double to center. He was stranded, however, when Manuppelli retired Dwyer and LeClair to end the threat.

YSU then struck in the eighth, as Jason Shirley singled and Drew Dosch walked in front of the Banks home run. Two batters later, Marcus Heath doubled home a run and after a fly out, Kevin Hix singled home Heath for the inning's fifth run, and a 6-2 advantage for the visitors. The Penguins would add four additional runs in the ninth to account for the final margin.

Five YSU hitters posted two hits apiece, led by Banks' two home run, four RBI effort. The Keydets got a 2 for 3 effort from Jacob Morley, but George Piccirilli's hitting streak came to an end at 10 games.

VMI baseball will return to action Tuesday, as the Keydets face Old Dominion in Norfolk. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

A pair of home runs helped the Rider Broncs (5-7) past the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (5-11) in the final match up of a three-games series on Sunday afternoon at CSU Ballpark.  The Broncs took the series three games to one.

Austin Weekley (1-2) got the start for the Buccaneers, giving up four runs (three earned) off of five hits in 5.0 innings.  Denis Buckley faced three batters, giving up a run, before Corey Deighan took the mound in the sixth.  Deighan retired three batters across 3.2 innings, giving up just two hits and no runs.

Chase Shelton and Brian Welch each collected two hits for the CSU offense, while Jaren Sustar recorded an RBI.  The Bucs had eight hits on the RU pitching staff and finished the day with one error. 

Kurt Sowa (2-1) got the win for the Broncs, throwing seven scoreless innings and striking out six CSU batters.  Sean Kuberiet and Tyler Smith combined for the final 2.0 innings, with Kuberiet giving up one unearned run and Smith striking out three.

The Broncs struck first with a solo homer by Greg Fazio in the top of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead.  They padded the lead with a three-run homer by Brandon Cotton that scored Nick Crecenzo and Richie Garcia to keep Rider ahead 4-0 in the top of the fifth. 

Rider added to the damage in the top of the sixth, as Fazio was brought home when Cotton was walked with the bases loaded to give the Broncs the 5-0 lead. 

Attempting to rally in the bottom of the eighth, Robbie Streett doubled down the left field line with Blake Hunt reaching on an error immediately following.   Bobby Ison followed that with a single to center field, loading the bases with no outs.  Street was driven home on a sac fly by Jaren Sustar to put the Bucs on the board down 5-1 before Cody Austin struck out to end the inning. 

The Bucs had another chance in the bottom of the ninth, with a Welch single to left field starting things off.   John Faircloth flied out to right field and Streett struck out swinging before Drew Woodall singled to left field to move Welch to second.  Bobby Ison reached on a fielder's choice but Woodall was out on the play to end the game, handing the Bucs the 5-1 loss.

CSU will travel to Columbia to take on two-time National Champion South Carolina on Tuesday evening.  First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. at Carolina Stadium. 

Marshall plated an unearned run in the seventh to pull even, and scored one run in the top of the ninth to post a 4-3 comeback win at Gardner-Webb Sunday.  The Thundering Herd (7-8) got a two-out RBI double from Adrian Farris in the ninth for the game winner.

Jeff Howell (0-1) was tagged with the loss after working three innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits - with five strikeouts. Adam Izokovic came on for Howell after a pair of Marshall singles to lead off the ninth - and got a double play with his first pitch. Farris blooped in a double just inside the line on a 1-2 pitch to score Gray Stafford from third.

Gardner-Webb (9-6) went down in order in the bottom of the ninth to drop its third game in a row. Closer Jesse Hernandez earned his second save of the weekend, striking out the final two batters he faced.

Marshall took an early 1-0 lead after Isaac Ballou led off the game with a walk and scored on a two-out blooper to left off the bat of Alfredo Brito that was trapped after a slip by the fielder. The Thundering Herd loaded the bases on an infield single, but Gardner-Webb starter Beau Hilton struck out Andrew Dundon to get out of the jam.

The Runnin' Bulldogs used a big inning in the bottom half to go up 3-1, getting an RBI single from John Harris, and RBI double from Scott Coleman and a sacrifice fly from Brantley Smith to take the lead. Adam McFarland also had a single in that inning.

Marshall's Nathan Gomez reached on a fielding error to lead off the third, and after a walk and hit batter loaded the bases, the Thundering Herd plated Gomez when Mikey Jimenez was plunked with two outs for an unearned run that cut the lead to 3-2.

Hilton again worked out of the jam, and retired six of the next seven batters he faced - including three strikeouts.

Gardner-Webb loaded the bases in the fifth with two outs, with Harris and Coleman collecting singles and Smith reaching after being hit by a pitch. Marshall reliever Josh King got out of the jam, coaxing an infield fly to end the threat.

Marshall tied the game in the seventh, with Gomez reaching second base on a fielding error with one out. Howell coaxed a pop out to left for the second out, but John Gandolfo singled to center to plate Gomez for the equalizer. Howell worked out of the jam, and pitched a scoreless eighth.

The 'Dogs got the go-ahead run to second base with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but Marshall's Joe Church fanned the next two batters to keep the score tied.

After Stafford led off the ninth with a single through the left side and Gomez reached on an infield single, Howell gave way to Izokovic - who got Brito to ground into an easy 6-3 double play on the first pitch of the at bat. The GWU closer got ahead in the count against Farris, but the 1-2 pitch was lifted just inside the line in left, and Stafford scored easily from third. Izokovic kept the deficit at one run with a foul ball to first base, but Gardner-Webb would not be able to mount a rally in its final at bat.

Church (2-0) picked up the win, fanning three in one inning of relief work. Marshall collected nine hits in the game, with Stafford (2-5, run), Gomez (2-5, 2 runs), Farris (2-3, 2B, RBI) and Gandolfo (2-5, RBI) doing much of the damage. The second through sixth spots in the Marshall order had all nine of the team's hits.

Hilton was solid in a no decision, scattering five hits and allowing just one earned run in five innings (six strikeouts). Gardner-Webb had six hits in the game, with Harris (2-4, run, RBI) and Coleman (2-4, 2B, RBI) each collecting two. McFarland (1-5, run) and Adam Tiller (1-2, 2B) also had hits for the 'Dogs.

Gardner-Webb will play again at home on Monday afternoon, hosting NCAA Division II member Mars Hill College at 4:00 pm.

Despite rallying in the ninth inning, the Liberty Flames had their nine-game winning streak snapped, falling to the St. John's Red Storm, 3-1, Sunday at Worthington Stadium.

Liberty drops to 16-2 on the year.  The Flames tied the Liberty Division I record for consecutive wins with their seventh win in a row, which came Saturday. After losing the first three games of the series, St. John's salvaged the final game to move to 5-9.

Second baseman Sean O'Hare gave the visiting Red Storm an advantage in the third inning.  O'Hare led off the frame with his second home run of the year for a 1-0 lead.

Liberty moved a runner into scoring position in the fifth inning, but was unable to score. Left fielder Ian Parmley walked to open the frame and advanced to third base with two outs. However, St. John's reliever Stephen Rivera retired the next hitter to end the threat.

St. John's added to its lead in the seventh.  Shortstop Matt Wessinger led off the inning with a single and moved to second base, when center fielder Martin Kelly drew a base on balls.  O'Hare followed with a RBI double, upping the Red Storm edge to 2-0.

In the top of the ninth, St. John's posted an insurance run.  A bases-loaded single by designated hitter Robert Case extended the visitors' advantage to 3-0.

After being held to two hits over the first eight innings, the Flames rallied in the bottom of the ninth.  With one out, shortstop Zack Haley lined a double off the left field wall and moved to third on a bunt single by Parmley.  Two batters later, right fielder Michael Robertson singled with two outs to plate Haley, cutting Liberty's deficit to 3-1. However, St. John's reliever James Lomangino retired the next batter to end the rally and close out the Flames.

Liberty starter Jacob Kemmerer takes the loss to fall to 2-1 on the season.  The right-hander allowed two runs on two hits over 6 2/3 innings.  The senior struck out four batters and walked two.

St. John's reliever Stephen Rivera moves to 1-0.  Taking over for starter Eddie Medina in the fifth, Rivera did not allow a run or a hit over 3 2/3 innings.  He struck out four batters and did not walk one. Lomangino finished for the Red Storm, recording his third save of the year.  He gave up one run on four hits over 1 1/3 innings.  He struck out one batter.

Hits were at a premium in the contest, as both teams collected five each.  O'Hare was the only player in the contest with two hits.

Liberty left 12 men on base, while St. John's stranded seven.

The Flames continue their home stand, Tuesday.  Liberty will host Bryant at Worthington Stadium.  First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Andrew Barry singled home Jordan Enos with no outs in the top of the tenth inning as the Holy Cross Crusaders defeated the Winthrop Eagles 4-3 in 10 innings at The Winthrop Ballpark on Sunday afternoon in the series finale between the two teams.

The Eagles fall to 2-14 on the season, while the Crusaders improve to 5-6 overall.

John Colella (1-1) earned the win in relief tossing 3.0 innings and gave up one run on one hit, one walk and three strikeouts. Michael Gilroy (0-2) took the loss allowing one run (none earned) on two hits, no walks and no strikeouts as he faced two batters in the tenth inning. Winthrop starter Tyler Klitsch set new career-highs in innings pitched and strikeouts as he tossed 9.0 innings and surrendered three runs (two earned) on seven hits, no walks and seven strikeouts in his first start of the season.

Gilroy came on in relief of Klitsch to start the tenth inning for the Eagles, and Enos led things off for Holy Cross with a double down the left field line and went to third on a passed ball. Barry followed with his single in the next at-bat.

TJ Olesczuk gave Winthrop a 1-0 lead with his first home of the season in the bottom of the second on the first pitch delivered from Crusader starting pitcher Tommy Marra off the top of the scoreboard in left center field. The homer by Olesczuk was also the second of his career. Marra finished the game for Holy Cross with 7.0 innings pitched giving up two runs on three hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.

The Crusaders tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth when Steven Tkowski scored from second base on a throwing error after Patrick Puentes reached on an infield single. Holy Cross then took a 3-1 in the fifth inning on Mike Ahmed's two-run homer to left field against Klitsch for his first of the season. Enos scored on the home run as he singled to center field to start the top of the fifth.

The Eagles trimmed their deficit to one run at 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Jason Driver came home on Justin Hopper's RBI groundout with one out in the inning. Driver started the sixth inning with a double into the left center field gap and went to third on a passed ball.

Winthrop tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning on Patrick Gamblin's RBI sacrifice fly to center field with one out that brought home Matt Lobacz from third base. Lobacz led off the Eagles half of the ninth with a double off the right field wall and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by TJ Olesczuk.

Lobacz finished the game for Winthrop with a team-high two hits, while Hopper, Olesczuk and Gamblin had one RBI each. Ahmed led the Holy Cross offense with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate and two RBI.

The Eagles will return to action on Monday, Mar. 12 as they will host the Valparaiso Crusaders at 6 p.m.