April 30, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

CRUISING ALONG: St. Scholastica earned its highest ranking in program history as it climbed to No. 3 in the latest NCBWA/D3baseball.com poll on the merits of a 29-2 record.

The Saints logged five games in 27 hours last weekend, including a tripleheader sweep of Northwestern College, as they stretched their winning streak to 20 games.  It is their longest winning streak since 2004.  St. Scholastica boasts a perfect record in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action at 17-0.

The Saints will face Martin Luther in a three-game series beginning May 1, and then cap off the regular season against No. 19 St. Thomas – the only other nationally-ranked team in the Midwest Region -- on Sunday.

IT’S A BLAST:  No. 9 College of Wooster exploded for 11 home runs, including four before an out had been recorded, as the Fighting Scots dominated Mount Union, 31-5, last week.

It was the first time since 1986, and only the third time in program history, that the Scots have scored 30-plus runs, while the 26-run margin was a school record.  Wooster’s 11 homers were the second-most in school history, two shy of the Division III record of 13 the school set in 1986.

ON A ROLL: Kean University claimed its third straight New Jersey Athletic Conference regular season title after posting a 4-0 record last week thanks to contributions from freshman outfielder Dylan Laguna.

The native of Edison, N.J., batted .462 with two doubles, a home run, eight RBI and four runs scored as he picked up his second NJAC Rookie of the Week award.  Laguna entered the week ranked fifth in the conference with a .430 batting average.

The sixth-ranked Cougars are riding an 11-game winning streak after recording a 3-1 win over Rowan in NJAC Tournament action on April 28.  They will continue to vie for the league tournament title against William Paterson on April 29.

MILLER TIME:  Salisbury University’s Andrew Miller turned in a career performance as he propelled the No. 4 Sea Gulls in a 24-11 win over Johns Hopkins on April 28.

The sophomore catcher belted three home runs with five RBI and five runs scored, ripping a three-run shot, two-run homer and a solo blast in the contest.  Miller also stole two bases as he remained perfect on 26 attempts. 

NOTABLE:  Shenandoah University notched a pair of victories last week as the Hornets set a new season mark for wins with 33 and moved up to No 18 in the latest NCBWA/D3Baseball.com poll … Pacific Lutheran and George Fox finished in a dead heat in the Northwest Conference standings with identical 27-5 records.  According to conference bylaws, the two teams will now square off in a one-game playoff to decide the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.  The time and date is expected to be announced later in the week … Top-ranked Pomona-Pitzer will not finish the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule with a perfect record after a 10-7 loss to Cal Lutheran on April 25, but the Sagehens did claim the first game of the doubleheader to clinch the league title from their second-place foe.  It is their first SCIAC regular season title since 2007, which earns the Sagehens an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.