CANTON St. Lawrence Universitys baseball team scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win game one, then completed a Liberty League doubleheader sweep of arch-rival Clarkson in game two to claim the regular-season league title and be the top seed for this weekends conference postseason tournament.
The Saints rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the opener to win 6-5, then routed the Golden Knights, 13-1.
The sweep, coupled with an 8-1 win by Vassar over Renssalaer, gave the Saints the league title by a half-game over RPI. St. Lawrence will be the top seed and host for the league tournament, which will be played Thursday through Saturday on Tom Fay Field.
SLU (26-12 overall, 19-8 league) established a record for wins in a season and captured the first Liberty League regular-season title in school history.
Clarkson finished 18-21 overall, 12-16 in the league, and in fifth place.
RPI, Skidmore and Rochester will also compete in the Liberty League Tournament.
The Saints tied the first game on Khifer OConnors two-run home run to right field in the bottom of the fifth. They won it when Matt DAuteuil was hit by a pitch leading off the ninth, went to second on a wild pitch and was sacrificed to third by Ethan Braddock. Bryan Palermo then lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score DAuteuil with the game-winning run.
Senior reliever Kyle Donaldson picked up his second win in as many days as he pitched 3 2/3 innings of one-hit relief in game one.
Freshman Andrew Schreyack turned in his second straight strong effort on the mound in the second game, shutting out the Golden Knights through five and finishing with a four-hitter with six strikeouts and a walk in seven innings. The Saints pounded out a dozen hits, including homers by Carter Franz and Paul Piatelli.
Back-to-back doubles by Jerry Coleman and pitcher David Kinney and a single by David Wixted scored two Clarkson runs in the top of the first off Saint starter Joe Riley in game one.
Franz and OConnor hit back-to-back doubles as the Saints got a run back in the bottom of the first, then tied it in the bottom of the second when Matt DeLuca was hit by a pitch, went to third on Taylor Engles base hit and scored on DAuteuils sacrifice fly.
Clarkson regained the lead with two in the top of the third as Coleman homered and Matt Jenack hit a run-scoring triple. The Knights made it 5-2 in the top of the fourth on Kinneys sacrifice fly.
The Saints tied it in the bottom of the fifth as DAuteuil singled and moved to second on a botched pick-off try. Palermo then singled to left, scoring DAuteuil. OConnor, who went 9-for-16, scored four runs and drove in 16 in the four games against Clarkson, then delivered a two run-homer to right to knot the score at five.
Rensselaer 4, St. Lawrence 3
Gillian McCarthy hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift host Rensselaer to a come-from-behind victory over St. Lawrence in game five of the Liberty League Tournament at Troy.
The Engineers (26-13) lost to Rochester 8-0 in the title game. The Saints conclude their season with a 20-13 record, tied with the 2001 team for the most wins in program history.
Earlier in the day, the Saints knocked off defending champion Union, 5-4, to stay alive.
Sophomore Leslie Stratton doubled to bring in the Saints first run, and junior Lauren Weisbarth doubled home the second run. Junior Chelsea Cavelliers single plated the third run.
Against Union, Kyle Plimpton earned the win on the mound, while Cavellier and Aisha OConnor led the Saints offensively with three hits apiece.
Cannoneers Sweep NCCC
Jefferson Community College swept visiting North Country CC, 9-4 and 6-1, in a Region 3 doubleheader at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds to conclude its season.
JCC finished 16-17 overall and 14-15 in the region.
Heather McManus went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and four RBIs in the first game. Amanda Carusone had a pair of doubles and an RBI in the second game for JCC, while Lena Netto was 3-for-3 with a double.
JCCs Chelsea Monroe stole three bases, setting the school single-season record of 35 and a career mark of 49.
Vasser 5, St. Lawrence 2
St. Lawrence fell to Vassar in the Liberty League Tournament semifinals in Poughkeepsie. The Saints conclude their season at 13-4.
St. Lawrence had a 2-1 lead after doubles competition, but Vassar won four singles matches to bring the match to decision.
First-year student Elkie Vandenbeemt teamed up with senior Hillary Drewry to edge Joy Backer and Ava Sadeghi at No. 1 doubles, 9-8 (7-2). First-year students Anna Young and Olivia Arroyo saved three match points before coming back to beat Hannah Van Demark and Lindsay Kantor at No. 3, 9-8 (7-4).
TRACK AND FIELD
WHITE EXCELS FOR RIT
Amanda White finished second in the 800-meter run to help the Rochester Institute of Technology women place sixth out of 11 teams at the NYSCTC championships on Friday and Saturday at the University of Rochester.
The former Watertown High School athlete ran the 800 in 2 minutes, 16.90 seconds. She also contributed to the Tigers third-place 1,600 relay.
Ithaca captured the team title with 296½ points, while RIT scored 58 points.