NEW YORK – Five collegiate baseball gamers from Cumberland and Lincoln are attempting to assist their respective colleges take pleasure in deep runs within the NCAA Division III Championships, as this weekend, Wheaton College, Bridgewater State University, and Endicott College are in motion in double-elimination regional tournaments.
Wheaton, which options Cumberland’s Nick Croteau, a junior third baseman, and Jackson Walsh, a freshman reliever, and Lincoln’s Dom Cunha, a senior nearer, are at New York’s State University of N.Y.-Brockport for its regional. The Lynx took on close by Johnson & Wales University of their bracket’s opener on Friday, however suffered a 6-3 loss. On Saturday morning, nevertheless, Wheaton got here again to defeat SUMY-Brockport, 6-2, and keep alive within the event.
The Lyons, who received the NEWMAC (New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference) championship, entered the regionals with a 30-19 mark and ranked twenty fourth within the nation, and so they had boasted the longest win streak within the nation with 17 straight victories. Cunha can also be sixth among the many nation’s D-III closers in saves with 10, and Croteau was not too long ago named a First-Team choice on the CoSIDA Academic All-District I squad.
In 40 video games, Croteau hit .273 with 41 hits and 24 runs batted in, and he was second within the NEWMAC in walks (32), seventh in runs scored (34), and eleventh in doubles (9). Walsh was 2-0 with a save and a pair of.53 ERA in 15 appearances, and Cunha struck out 26 batters and walked six in 18 2/3 innings.
Bridgewater State, which comprises Cumberland native and junior third baseman Joe Molis, and Endicott, which boasts one other Cumberland native, freshman pitcher Michael Clapprood, on its roster, will head to Cortland, N.Y. for his or her regional.
Bridgewater State will tackle the event’s host, SUNY-Cortland, of their opener on Friday at 10 a.m., and Endicott will face St. John Fisher College of Rochester, N.Y. at 1:30 p.m.
The Bears, who’re 30-13, earned their spot within the event by successful the MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) championship. Molis hit .262 with two residence runs, 26 runs batted in, and a team-high three triples in 36 video games.
Endicott posted a 36-7 report and reached the nationwide event by capturing the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship.
Sixty groups are participating within the NCAA Division III Championships, and the winners of the 16 regional tournaments will advance to the best-of-three tremendous regionals on Memorial Day weekend.