Miano throws second no-hitter in Medaille history
- American Southwest Conference tournament
Concordia will be back in the NCAA tournament after knocking off top-seeded Texas-Dallas 6-4 in the championship game of the American Southwest Conference tournament on Sunday in Dallas.
The title is the second in school history for the Tornados, and the last time they won it in 2002, they went all the way to the Division III College World Series.
Concordia racked up 11 hits and built a 5-0 lead after six innings. Six different players stole a base for the Tornados (30-15) and Scott Hays was solid on the mound. Hays (2-1), who has two wins in the postseason, allowed just four hits and struck out three in six innings of work. He has not allowed an earned run in his last four starts.
Justin Beasley was named the MVP of the tournament, coming up with two hits in the final and driving in a run. He hit .500 over the weekend and drove in a total of six runs.
Concordia finished with 11 hits in the win while Texas-Dallas tallied 10. Jacob Starnes hit a two-run single in the eighth to cut the Comets' deficit to 6-3, but the Tornados were able to hang on for the win. The Comets were gunning for their first league tourney title in school history.
Concordia has doubled last season’s win total and head coach Tommy Boggs talked about what the championship meant to his team after the game.
“The kids did a great job and played really hard,” Boggs said. “It is a big accomplishment for the school, all of the students and the entire community. We are really excited about going (to the NCAA tournament) and representing Concordia.”
- State University of New York Athletic Conference
Winning conference tournament championships has become a habit for Cortland. The Red Dragons won their 29th title Sunday, knocking off Brockport 2-1 and punching a ticket to their 19th consecutive NCAA tournament. It is the longest active streak in Division III baseball.
Cortland (33-8) is ranked seventh in the nation and snapped a 1-1 tie in the seventh when Tim Panetta hit an RBI-double to put the Red Dragons in front for good. Panetta finished with two hits.
Zach Graczyk was named MVP after hitting .563, scoring four runs and stealing three bases during the tourney.
Michael Mahay pitched seven innings and gave up eight hits. He struck out six and won his seventh game of the season. He has not lost all year.
Brockport forced a second game for the championship with a 5-3 win earlier in the day. The Golden Eagles were the defending conference champions and have finished either first or second in the tournament seven of the last nine years.
- Alleghany Mountain Conference
Nick Miano threw a no-hitter in the decisive game of an opening-round series against Mount Alyosius and kept Medaille’s dream of an AMC tournament championship alive.
Miano pitched the Mavs to a 1-0 win, striking out six and walking three as he came through with the second no-hitter in school history. The performance served as the exclamation point of the series after teammate Matt Dunford had a three-hit shutout in the opening game of the series.
The Mavs won that game 1-0 and Dunford won his seventh game of the season behind five strikeouts. Mount Alyosius tied the series at 1-1 when Mark Saxman hit a home run in the the 10th inning of a 2-1 win.
Medaille, which has set a record for wins in a season, improves to 21-13 and will battle Penn State-Altoona on Thursday in the semifinals.
- Commonwealth Conference
Messiah has never had any problem beating Elizabethtown in the championship game of the Commonwealth Conference tournament, and the dominance continued on Saturday at Owls Field.
The Falcons won their fourth league tourney championship with an 11-5 win against the Blue Jays, and interestingly enough, all four titles have been won against Elizabethtown. The title is Messiah's first since 2008.
Messiah cranked out 13 hits in the win and managed to escape two bases-loaded jams to nail down the victory.
Eric Spring took care of business on the mound, allowing two runs on four hits in five innings of work. He struck out three and walked four.
John Brubaker was named the MVP of the tournament. He came up with two hits in the title game and hit .545 during the tournament. Brubaker, a first-team all-conference selection, scored five runs and drove in two runs. The standout shortstop also made good on 14 chances in the field without committing an error.
Ryan Brown and Jamie Scott tallied two hits apiece and combined to drive in four runs as Messiah won its fifth consecutive game.
- Commonwealth Coast Conference
Western New England kept its streak of championships alive on Sunday, beating Endicott twice to win its fourth consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament title.
The Golden Bears, ranked 25th in the nation, edged Endicott by identical 5-4 scores in both games.
Tim Clark hit a game-winning single with two outs in the eighth inning of the first game to seal the deal and also ripped a double in the nightcap that knocked in two runs and put the Golden Bears in front 5-2.
The Golden Bears had 12 hits in the second game. The Gulls finished with 15 hits, but hurt their cause by leaving 12 runners on base. Despite falling short, Endicott (30-15) still has a shot at the NCAA tourney.
Mike Lawlor earned the win in the opener, giving up two hits and striking out five. He did not issue a walk. Lawlor notched the save in the second game, recording the final three outs for his eighth save of the season.