April 14, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

KNOCKING ‘EM DOWN: Barry University knocked off No. 1 Florida Southern on April 12 with a resounding 15-2 defeat of the Moccasins as the No. 7 Buccaneers remained in contention for the Sunshine State Conference regular season title.

Freshman Brad McAllister tossed a seven-inning complete-game win, striking out six and allowing just one earned run on six hits and one walk.  The native of St. Petersburg, Fla., improved his perfect record to 7-0, while lowering his season ERA to 2.63.  He was named SSC Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season for his efforts against the Mocs.

McAllister entered last week with a 0.57 walks allowed per nine innings, which ranked third in the nation at the time.

ROCK AND ROLL: Mesa State continued to roll last week with another Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference sweep as the Mavericks outscored the Colorado School of Mines, 62-11, in four games.

In the series finale, Matt Bodenchuck went 4-for-5 with three doubles and four runs scored as he helped the Mavericks to a 20-3 victory.  The senior shortstop from Boulder, Colo., became the school’s all-time leader in doubles as he increased his career total to 54.

The Mavericks have won 22 of their last 23 games, and top the RMAC Mountain Division standings with a 24-2 league record.  They moved up to No. 2 in the most recent Collegiate Baseball Division II poll after the flawless week.

ON THE MOVE:  USC Aiken vaulted 10 spots to No. 14 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Division II poll after stretching its winning streak to 10 games last week.

The Pacers swept their second straight Peach Belt Conference series against Augusta State last weekend, and have claimed five consecutive league series.  USCA trails No. 8 Georgia College & State by one game in the PBC standings.

USC Aiken’s 10-game winning streak is just two victories shy of tying the all-time program record for consecutive wins. The 1992 Pacer baseball team holds the school record at 12.

HAVE MERCY: Mercyhurst’s three wins in a four-game series against Slippery Rock propelled the Lakers to fifth in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II Atlantic Region rankings, and second place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division standings.

Junior infielder John Blike and sophomore left-hander Nick Gillung garnered PSAC Week Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for their contributions in the series win versus Slippery Rock.  Blike batted .714 with two runs scored, a home run and four RBI, belting a pinch-hit game-winning homer in the first game of the series and sparking a six-run sixth inning in the third contest.

Gillung threw a complete-game shutout in the second game, striking out nine batters without a walk to improve to 5-0 on the year, giving the Lakers their second straight Pitcher of the Week honor.

THREE STRIKES:  Emporia State averaged two opponent strikeouts per inning in a doubleheader sweep of Truman on April 11 as the Hornets pitching staff collected 32 on the day.

Tyler Applehans fanned a career-high 17 batters in a 16-0 complete-game victory in game one, while Colby Killian registered a career-best 11 strikeouts in seven innings of a 5-1 win.  Diego Soto struck out four in the final two innings of the second contest.

The third-ranked Hornets have won nine straight games and sit on top of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association standings with a 22-3 league record.