New London - Mitchell College moved into a tie for first place in the New England Collegiate Conference with a doubleheader sweep of Lesley University in baseball action Saturday at Alumni Field.
The Mariners (17-10, 12-2) posted shutout wins of 19-0 and 11-0 to share the conference lead with Daniel Webster (12-2).
Mitchell pitchers allowed only seven hits over 14 innings and never allowed a runner to advance past second base. Freshmen starters Al Jordan Johnson (4-3), a Fitch graduate, and Tyler Shamas (7-1) each pitched six scoreless innings to earn wins.
Sophomore Drew Doyle of Mystic went 4-for-7 with two doubles, four runs scored and four RBI in the doubleheader, helping power a Mitchell offense that combined for 24 hits, including eight for extra bases. Nova Crespo of New London had a two-run home run and Neftali Arroyo added a solo home run while Gavin LaLima of Waterford had an RBI single in game two.
Lesley fell to 11-13, 5-8.
In other games:
• South Florida scored three runs in the top of the 15th inning and beat UConn 7-4 in a Big East Conference game. Billy Ferriter, L.J. Mazzilli and Eric Yavarone had three hits each for UConn (23-15, 8-6).
• Coast Guard split a doubleheader with Wheaton, winning the opener 8-0 before losing 15-11 in the second game. Freshman Kristine Kahl (12-7) pitched a four-hitter in the opener for Coast Guard (19-14, 7-9). Jessie Richardson had seven hits and scored three runs and Stacia Sarwinski and Morgan Kingston had four hits each for Coast Guard.
• UConn swept St. John's in a Big East doubleheader, winning the opener 6-5 and the second game 4-3. Freshman Lexi Gifford hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the seventh in the second game for UConn (21-20, 5-8).
• Coast Guard lost to Wheaton in a NEWMAC match, 5-4. Freshman Mark Guentert and Weston Fortna won their singles matches and teamed up for a doubles win for Coast Guard (4-11, 1-4). The doubles team of Andrew Bryson and Jon Lightner also won for Coast Guard.
• Mitchell College closed out the regular season with a 9-0 victory over winless Wheelock College. Tim Atkinson, Randy Coons and Kyle Scalley won in straight sets in singles action while Chris McKeon and Michael Hartley combined for a doubles win.
The Mariners (7-5, 6-4) qualified for the NECC Championship and will play in the semifinals on Wednesday against a yet to be determined opponent.
• Bobby Bleistein made 21 saves to lead 19th ranked Connecticut College past Bates College 9-8 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference action at Freeman Field.
Chad Sawyer had three goals and two assists for the Camels (10-3, 7-2) while Andrew Freedman had three goals and Tyler Corcoran and Kevin Dachille each chipped in one.
• Conn College was eliminated from contention for a NESCAC tournament berth with a 9-8 loss to Bates College. Heidi Halsted and Bri Miller both had two goals and an assist for the Camels (5-9, 1-8).
• Sophomore Ben Hannon won the 100 meters in 11.42 seconds to pace Coast Guard to second out of 11 teams at the Slifen Invitational at Conn College. The Bears scored 120 points.
Freshman Fred Higgins placed third in the 200 (23.48). Junior Jordan Lee was second in the 800 (1:54.52) and sophomore Joey O'Connell took 3rd in the 5,000 (15:43.57).
In the pole vault, Coast Guard took the top three spots with junior Ben Wolhaupter winning in a personal best 15 feet, 7 inches, while freshman Matt Navetta was second and senior Ian Shaney third. Senior Will Baker took third in the discus (136-7) and fourth in hammer (personal best 144-0). Sophomore Joel MacArthur was second in the javelin (164-1).
• Senior Tim Murtagh of Conn College won the 3,000 steeplechase in 10:08.91 in the school's own Silfen Invitational. The Camels placed fifth overall with 85 points.
In the 4x800 relay, the quartet of Matt Boudreau, Andrew Duarte, Ian Rathkey of Old Lyme and Tristan Cole won in a season best 7:58.08. Senior Michael LeDuc set a personal record of 3:58.05 while placing second in the 1,500 meters. Mike Joyce took second in the steeplechase in a personal best 10:19.81 and Devon Lattrell was third in the javelin (154-6).
• Coast Guard sophomore Beth Gollin won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:20.11 and the Bears took third overall at the Slifen Invitational at Conn College.
In the pole vault, freshman Monet Masters won with a jump of 10-6 while junior Hannah Seeland won the shot put (36-2.75) and placed second in the hammer (134-10). Freshman Katie Nielsen took second in the shot put (35-11.25) while sophomore Kyle Sutschek took first in the discus (121-10) and fourth in the hammer. Junior Jamie Waterman was third in the discus (104-2).
• Conn College placed second out of 14 teams at its own Silfen Invitational. The Camels scored 103.5 points to finish behind Rhode Island College, which won with 124 points.
Senior Sarah Matthews won the 800 (2:20) while senior Merry Byrne took first in the 3,000 steeplechase in a personal best time of 11:58.73. Arianna Beers was second in the 5,000 (18:48.29) while senior Ali Holland was third in the 100 hurdles (17.44) and Emily Winter was third in the steeplechase (12:15.40).