Division II week in review
Notes: Dowling wins ECC for first time since 2006
Dowling has waited awhile to win a East Coast Conference championship, but the Golden Lions ended the wait Saturday with a 1-0 victory against Bridgeport in the tourney title game.
Brian Ferguson rose to the occasion and hit a run-scoring single in the fifth to give Dowling the only lead it would need as the Golden Lions won their first title since 2006. Dowling lost 2-1 to the Purple Knights (31-14) earlier in the day before bouncing back when it mattered most.
JJ Bessell looked nothing like a freshman as he gave just two hits in eight innings of work. He struck out five for his fifth win of the season.
The Golden Lions (25-24) are back in the tourney for the first time since 2009 when they went to the NCAA Division II College World Series.
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
There were no surprises in the GLIAC tournament on Saturday as the top-ranked Lakers ran past Wayne State (Mich.) 9-4 in the title game at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.
The Lakers (48-3) pounded out 14 hits en route to their seventh championship. Their win streak now stands at 28 games, a school record.
GVSU found itself in a 3-3 tie with the Warriors (32-19) late in the game, but used a four-run sixth inning to pull away for the win. Corey Phillips fueled the big inning with a two-run hit. He finished with two hits and drove in two runs.
Joe Jablonski kept the Warriors in check through six innings. He allowed only five hits and struck out five, raising his record to 6-1 on the season.
Caleb Dalman and Michael Wiseman tallied two hits apiece for WSU.
Great Lakes Valley Conference
Quincy emerged as the surprise winner in the GLVC tournament, winning the crown for the first time since 2000 with an 8-2 win against Northern Kentucky on Sunday at the GSC Ballpark in Sauget, Ill.
Mitchell Broughton snapped a 0-0 tie like a twig in the third inning, smashing a three-run home run. He racked up three hits for the Hawks (35-18), who led 6-0 before the Norse scored a run.
NKU didn’t go away quietly. It threatened to rally in the sixth, loading up the bases, but Chris Connor (4-2) struck out two batters to end the comeback hopes of the Norse (34-19).
Justin Dunning and Curran Collins hit homers as well for the Hawks while Brett Cisper and Brad Clement came through with two hits apiece in the setback.
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Central Missouri ripped apart Nebraska-Omaha 7-1 on Sunday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City to take home the MIAA tournament championship.
The Mules (45-8) have won 15 of the last 18 tourney titles and now have 19 championships overall.
Matt Curtis gave Nebraska-Omaha little to work with, allowing one run on three hits in seven innings of action. Curtis struck out four.
Jon Wegener was one of several Mules to have a big day at the plate. He had two hits and three RBI while Nick DeBiasse, one of the top players in the country, finished with one hit and drove in two runs.
Tyler Ruch came through with three this and scored three runs. The Mavericks fell to 35-20 with the setback.
Adelphi needed only two wins to take care of business in the Northeast-10 tournament as rain wiped out the final day of play. It is the first time Adelphi has won the championship.
The Panthers (33-12-2) beat Franklin Pierce 8-5 in their first game of the tourney and stunned top-seeded Southern Connecticut State 6-2 in their second game.
Robert Nixon earned the opening round win. He went all nine innings and gave up five runs on 11 hits. He also struck out four batters. The Panthers cranked out 12 hits in the win over the Owls and Mike Scaudero gave up just two runs and struck out seven in the second game of the tourney.
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
St. Cloud State is the champion of the NSIC after beating Winona State 5-3 at Franklin Rogers Park on Saturday.
The Huskies (42-9), who have set a school record for wins in a season, claimed their first championship since joining the league, riding the effort of winning pitcher Kyle Fischer. Fischer went 3 1/3 innings and gave up just one run while ringing up five strikeouts. He is now 7-0 on the season.
Brian Hansen tallied two hits to pace the Huskies at the plate. Phil Imholte also had two hits for SCSU.
The Warriors (35-16) got a solid effort from John Magee despite coming up short in its title quest. Magee had two hits and drove in a run.
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Mesa State edged Nebraska-Kearney 6-5 on Sunday afternoon to nail down its 10th league title and earn a trip to the NCAA tournament.
The Mavericks (33-19) used the offensive output of Greg Anderson and solid pitching by Tim Moore to take care of business against the Lopers (35-17) at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo.
Anderson was named the MVP of the tournament, and the honor hardly came as a surprise. Anderson racked up three hits in the win over the Lopers and hit .500 in four tournament games. He also drove in three runs.
Moore worked 7 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on nine hits while striking out three. Taylor Hamilton came in and pitched a scoreless ninth inning to notch his fourth save of the season.
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Mercyhurst won its first PSAC championship over the weekend, rocking Indiana (Pa.) 12-3 and punching a ticket to its eighth NCAA tournament in school history.
The Lakers (39-10), one win shy of the all-time record for wins in a season, used a strong pitching effort by Ben Rawding to seal the deal. Rawding allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out five in eight innings of work. Zak Blair fueled the offense with four hits in six trips to the plate and drove in three runs.
Craig Deneman racked up four hits on day when the Lakers cranked out 15 hits in all. The No. 21 Lakers have won their last seven games and Justin Urschel was named the MVP. He hit .385 during the tourney run and scored seven runs while driving in three runs.
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Concord slipped into the conference tournament, but once the Mountain Lions were there, they made the most of the opportunity in front of them.
The Mountain Lions (26-24) capped off a remarkable run through the tourney with a 13-7 win against West Virginia State on Sunday at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, W. Va.
Randy Beard racked up three hits while Josh Wenger came through with two hits and knocked in five runs. Jacob Mays added two hits. The Mountain Lions finished with a total of 16 hits as they earned the right to play in the NCAA tournament.
Brandon Proc got the win for Concord, giving up four runs on four hits. He struck out two batters in the win against West Virginia State (25-18).
Concord is riding a wave of momentum heading into the tourney. The Mountain Lions had two win eight of their final 11 games of the season to earn a conference tourney berth and one of their wins in the conference tourney came against defending champion Seton Hill.