Babcanec helps Wagner track and field win NEC title
May 4 – Wagner College won its first team title in the Northeast Conference outdoor track and field championships with 165 points ahead of Central Connecticut State University with 128 points.
Junior Cy Babcanec (Lakeland) helped the Seahawks take the crown. Babcanec was fourth on the 400 meters in 49.04 seconds and tenth on the 200 meters in 22.43 seconds. He also ran in the 4×100-meter relay team, which finished third in 41.91 seconds, and in the 4×400-meter relay team, which finished second in 3: 13.26 seconds.
Also at the NEC Championships, Saint Francis University freshman Bryce Collins (Riverside) won the high jump in a personal best of 6 feet (10 1/4 inches). It missed the program record of 6-10 3/4 set by William Velez in 2008 by half an inch.
Lehigh University junior Mason Black (Valley View) scored the first full game of his college career with a 2-0 win in Game 1 of a Navy double-header sweep.
Black overtook Navy’s Tommy Goodridge, allowing four hits in seven innings with one walk and four strikeouts. The second battery mate Adam Retzbach (Lakeland) supported Black offensively with a double in two runs at the end of the fourth inning.
With the win, Black improved to 6-2 with an earned run average of 2.81. He has 80 playoffs in 57 2/3 innings and is 14 years behind the program’s strike record set by Craig Anderson 61 years ago. He played four seasons in major leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals (1961). and New York Mets (1962-64).
To provide relief
Rutgers University sophomore red shirt Nate McLain (North Pocono) took his third win of the season with a 6-5 win at the University of Nebraska in 19th place.
After four innings 5-0, the Scarlet Knights fought back with one run in the fifth, three in the seventh, one in the eight and one in the ninth. McLain then tossed a scoreless bottom of the ninth to pin the win.
McLain leads the team with 1.93 ERA in 11 missions. He has 17 strikes in 18 2/3 innings.
The story goes on
St. Bonaventure University senior Grace Perechinsky (Holy Cross) hit a walkoff home run in the seventh inning to beat the University of Dayton 6-5 in Game 2 of a double-header split.
After Dayton scored twice in seventh place to end the game, Perechinsky hit first place in seventh place over the left field fence to give the Bonnies their first win of the season after a 21-0 start.
Perechinsky started the season just 3 to 35 with one home run and four RBIs. But in her last 11 games, she beats .357 (10 for 28) with four home runs and 12 RBIs.
Second year Mansfield University, Danielle Goff (Blue Ridge), had quite a day in Game 1 with a Millersville University double-header sweep. Goff was 3 for 3 with a triple, grand slam and seven RBIs. She was also the victorious thrower, allowing two runs (one deserved) with four hits without walks and four strikeouts in a 10-2 win with five innings. … Casey Carpenter (North Pocono), a fifth year Lock Haven University softball player, finished her 28th career homerun and had the starting RBI single in the eighth inning with a 4-3 win in Game 2 of one Double header separation from Bloomsburg University. … Second year Lock Haven baseball player Devyn Fahnestock, Delaware Valley, took his first college win (14-10) in Game 1 of a double header shared with Bloomsburg. Sophomore Jake Mastillo (North Pocono) had two hits and two RBIs in victory. … Misericordia University sophomore baseball player Derrick Vosburg (Wallenpaupack) ranks fifth in the MAC Freedom Conference when he beats eight doubles and 24 RBIs with an average of 0.403 (29 for 72). In his last 13 games, Vosburg has scored five doubles and 19 RBIs .451 (23 for 51). The Cougars (23-7) have won 14 times in a row and will face Arcadia University in the MAC Freedom semi-finals on Saturday. … Bloomsburg athletics rookie Emily Peet (Wallenpaupack) finished fourth in the javelin with a personal best of 103 feet, 2 inches in the Lock Haven Qualifier. … Millersville Softball Senior Pitcher Maddie Guinane (Montrose) finished her season with a 7-10 record with a 5.34 ERA, one shutout and 62 strikeouts in 93 innings. Ally Decker (Lackawanna Trail), an Alvernia University softball junior pitcher, fired a five-inning shutout with one hit and five strokes in an 11-0 win over Hood College, taking the Golden Wolves to the semi-finals MAC Commonwealth Conference promoted Saturday against Messiah College.
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