Area colleges: RPI wins Liberty League baseball title
LOUDONVILLE — Sophomore Jared Jensen scattered five hits in a complete-game performance Sunday to lead the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute baseball team to a 7-0 victory over Union in the championship game of the Liberty League playoffs at Siena College.
The league championship was the first since 2008 for the Engineers (28-13), who earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.
Engineers shortstop Jonny Rio went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
The Engineers wasted no time getting to Union starter Jamie Faber, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning.
Tyler Listing led off with a single, Andrew Kalish walked and Tim LeSeur singled to load the bases.
Rio followed with an RBI single, Shane Matthews brought in the second run with a fielder’s choice, and Michael Croke drove home the third run with a single.
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Jansen and Kozak; Faber, Beaule (5), Roberts (8), Rhoda (9) and Peretti.
Saint Peter’s 4-2
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The Saints secured a spot in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament with a sweep of the Peacocks.
Vincent Citro had three hits in each game from the leadoff spot for the Saints (24-26, 14-7 MAAC), Brian Fay had five hits on the day and Mike Fish hit his 11th home run of the year.
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Brantley, Quintana (6) and Balkwill;
Yuhas and Smith.
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Gage and Balkwill; Hopf, Jackson (7) and Smith.
Stony Brook 8-4
STONY BROOK — Brian Bullard cracked a two-run home run, and Gordon Madej added a two-run double as the Great Danes (22-21-1, 15-12) locked up a spot in the four-team America East Conference tournament with a win in the second game.
In the first game, Anthony Italiano hit a grand slam for the Seawolves (22-30, 13-14).
Middlebury 10, RPI 8
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Middlebury used a three-goal spurt in the second half to hold off the Engineers in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Engineers (16-4) took an 8-7 lead on a free-position goal by Alissa Peterson with 13:14 to play, but the Panthers (18-2), ranked third in the nation, bounced right back.
Katie Ritter scored on a feed from Ellen Halle to tie the score, and Emma Kramer scored 55 seconds later to give the Panthers the lead for good.
RPI 6 2 — 8
Middlebury 5 5 — 10
RPI scoring: Jamie Wakefield 2-2, Alissa Peterson, 1-2, Michelle Denny 1-0, Shannon Maguire 1-0, Erin Riley 1-0, Rachel Scofield 1-1, Marissa Page 1-0. Middlebury scoring: Emma Kramer 3-0, Katie Ritter 3-2, Laurel Pascal 2-0, Ellen Halle 1-1, Alice Pfeifer 1-0, Lisa Herzog 0-1.
Goalies: RPI, Allie Arnal, 12 saves. Middlebury, Alyssa Palombo, 0 saves; Katie Mandigo, 2 saves.
Richard Stockton 7,
POMONA, N.J. — Junior Grace Long drove in two runs with a double and a triple to lead the Ospreys to a victory in the ECAC Metro NY-NJ championship game.
Sage (22-19) scored both of its runs in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Tiffany Bezio and a run-scoring single by Hillary Faas.
The Gators defeated Elmira, 3-1, in the semifinals. Katie Kovage pitched a three-hitter for Sage, and Faas belted a two-run home run.
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Kovage and Gaulin; Puglisi and Gravel.
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Smith, Newberg (6) and Gaulin; Pietrocola, Ksiezopolski (6) and Scanlon.