Trinity (Texas) wins SCAC crown
Tigers win SCAC while Randolph-Macon took home ODAC
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament
Trinity (Texas) completed a second consecutive perfect run through the SCAC tourney on Sunday with a 9-1 win against Hendrix. The Tigers (33-11) came home with their fifth conference tournament crown since 2004 and have rattled off 24 wins and 7 losses in tourney play during their stretch of dominance.
Ben Klimesh took care of business on the mound. The league co-pitcher of the year gave up eight hits in a complete-game effort and put away 10 batters with strikeouts. He walked only one. Klimesh also joined elite company with the effort, becoming just the eighth player in school history to ring up 100 or more strikeouts in a career. He now has 101.
Nick Pappas paced the offense as he came through with four hits knocked in four runs. Will Donnan tallied three hits and finished with four RBI as well as Trinity secured an automatic bid to the NCAA tourney.
Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament
Jordan Walton tied the NCAA single-season record of 27 doubles and provided the spark Randolph-Macon needed to win its second ODAC championship in four years on Saturday.
Walton came through with three hits, including a double, and paced the Yellow Jackets to a 6-2 win against Bridgewater. Walton was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. Greg Mitro also earned a spot on the all-tourney team. He tallied three hits and drove in two runs.
The Eagles, who finished with six hits, led 2-1 after seven innings but the Yellow Jackets scored three runs in the eighth and never looked back. Mitro knocked in two of the eighth-inning runs with a single to left.
James Bierlien won only his second game of the season, giving up two runs on six hits. He struck out five. James Langford struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth to seal the deal.
New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference Tournament
Wheaton (Mass.) will play either Babson or MIT in the championship round of the NEWMAC tournament next Saturday after advancing with a 4-3 come-from-behind win against MIT on Friday afternoon. Rain wiped out the elimination game between Babson and MIT on Saturday.
The Lyons, ranked No. 21 in the nation, are in the title game round for the 11th time in the 13-year history of the league. They have won their last six games and are the defending conference tourney champions.
Tad Skelley delivered the game-winning hit for Wheaton, coming through with an RBI-single in the bottom of the eighth for the Lyons (25-7). Skelley finished 2-for-4 on the day and scored a run while Eric Laliberte hit a pair of doubles and drove in a run.
Kevin Calabro pitched 7 1/3 innings of relief to nail down the win. He gave up eight hits and struck out five.