Pair of wins keeps Millersville atop PSAC East baseball
Millersville's first four-game series sweep of West Chester since 2001 didn't come easily and was certainly dramatic.
The No. 28-ranked Marauders turned a tied Game 1 into an 7-4 victory Saturday, then rallied from five down with two innings to play to win the second game 8-7 in extra innings on Tyler Orris' walk-off sacrifice fly.
Winners of 10 of the last 12 against West Chester, Millersville (34-12, 16-4 PSAC East) remained two games ahead of Kutztown and can clinch the PSAC East with two wins over East Stroudsburg at home Friday.
Chris Murphy (11-1) went the distance to record his seventh complete game in the opener and set the Millersville single-season record for wins.
n Elizabethtown (17-22, 10-11 CC) closed the season by splitting a pair of Commonwealth Conference contests at Lebanon Valley. Dillon Tagle's home run highlighted a 5-run fifth inning, sparking the Jays' 7-5 victory in game one, but LVC (12-25, 5-16 CC) won the second game, 15-7.
The split left E-town on the outside looking in at the conference tournament for the first time since 1999.
Kristopher Davis gave up four runs (two earned) on eight hits to win his fifth game of the season. Freshman Dylan Manning (Hempfield) struck out Glenn Dietrich to end the game, registering his first career save.
n F&M (20-17, 11-7 CC) split a doubleheader with Swarthmore to secure a spot in the Centennial Conference playoffs, winning the first game 6-1 before falling 13-10 in the nightcap.
Entering the conference tournament as the No. 4 seed, F&M will take on top-seeded Johns Hopkins in the opening round Friday in Baltimore.
Second-seeded Gettysburg will host third-seeded Haverford in the other first-round matchup, with the ensuing rounds set for Saturday and Sunday, May 5, at Hopkins.
Men's lacrosse: No. 2 Dickinson remained unbeaten on the year, improving to 8-0 in the Centennial Conference, 15-0 overall, nabbed the top seed in the CC playoffs, and with it home field advantage, edging Franklin & Marshall, 12-10, in Carlisle.
Despite the loss, the Diplomats (6-2 CC, 10-5) locked up the second seed and will host Gettysburg Wednesday at 7 p.m.
It will be the Diplomats' first appearance in the playoffs since 2005, and their 10 wins marks the first time since 1987-1988 that they've put together back-to-back seasons with 10 wins or more.
F&M led 7-6 early in the third quarter, but Dickinson put together a 5-1 run to take an 11-8 with 12:06 to play.
Philip Gamble found brother Chad Gamble at 7:57 to get within two, and after a Red Devil score, Tommy Wenk got it to 12-10 with 2:56 to play.
n Facing a win-or-go-home situation, Elizabethtown and Lebanon Valley battled to overtime before Jordan Mayr's goal, 2:59 in, sealed the Blue Jays fate, 8-7.
Elizabethtown (8-6, 3-5 CC) outshot the visiting Dutchmen (10-5, 5-3 CC) 41-27, but Mike Moll made 10 of his 17 saves in the second half to propel LVC.
Women's lacrosse: Casey Madden scored four goals and an assist to help lead No. 6 Franklin & Marshall to 21-12 victory over Dickinson.
F&M (13-2, 8-1 CC) will play Haverford as the Centennial Conference playoffs begin Saturday at Gettysburg College. The Bullets will face the winner of Wednesday's McDaniel-Washington first-rounder.
n Elizabethtown secured the third seed in the Commonwealth Conference Championships, advancing directly to the semifinals, defeating Lebanon Valley, 12-10. Leigh Flounlacker paced the Jays with four goals, backed by two each from Caitlin Knight, Becky Porter and Andrea Russo.
Softball: Lebanon Valley secured the Commonwealth Conference's top seed, sweeping Elizabethtown 1-0 and 6-2 in the regular-season finale.
The Dutchmen (29-5-1, 17-1) will host the CC tournament and take on the winner of No. 4 Hood versus No. 5 Stevenson, Friday at 2 p.m. Alvernia earned the No. 2 seed with Messiah seeded third.
As the top seed, LVC effectively gets a bye from the early games and will have to play just once on the tournament's opening day.
LVC needed to win only one game Saturday to secure the top spot, and got it done with a three-hit shutout by Sam Derr (Warwick), who improved to 19-4 for the season.
Laura Tomasetti pitched almost as well for the Jays, giving up seven hits, striking out one.
n F&M closed out its regular season by dropping a pair to Muhlenberg, 7-3 and 8-2. The Diplomats finish 16-20 overall, 6-10 in the Centennial Conference, while the Mules move on to the postseason at 28-7-1, 14-2 CC.