Franklin Pierce took an important step in its quest to win the Division 2 baseball title by winning the opening game of the NCAA national finals on Saturday in Cary, N.C.
The Ravens earned a 1-0 victory over Shippensburg (Pa.) thanks to Justin Brock’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Sophomore John Razzino started the rally with a one-out walk. After a fielder’s choice pushed the runner into scoring position, Brock, a freshman second baseman, sent his single into left field.
Junior Trevor Graham tossed eight scoreless innings for Franklin Pierce (37-17), scattering seven hits and three walks, while striking out nine. Graham is 10-2 on the season.
Junior Joe Flynn pitched a clean ninth for his fifth save.
The Ravens’ next game in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament is Monday.
Linfield 10, Southern Maine 1 — The top-ranked Wildcats (40-7) of Oregon routed the Huskies (43-9) at the NCAA Division 3 College World Series in Appleton, Wis., as Aaron Thomassen went the distance for the win.
Southern Maine is 1-1 in the double-elimination tournament.
William & Mary 12, Northeastern 4 — The Huskies (31-26) were eliminated from the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Harrisonburg, Va., dropping the loser’s bracket final.
Northeastern, the fifth seed, scored two runs in the top of the first and tied the game at 4 with a two-run sixth. Ryan Lindemuth’s three-run homer in the sixth put William & Mary ahead to stay.
Rob Fonseca homered and drove in three runs for the Huskies.
The second-seeded Tribe lost to No. 4 seed Towson, 5-2, in the title game Saturday night.
Bryant 6, Sacred Heart 3 — Jordan Mountford had three RBIs for the top-seeded Bulldogs (43-16-1), who won the Northeast Conference tournament in Lakewood, N.J.
Bryant earned a spot in the final by beating LIU Brooklyn, 16-1, earlier Saturday.
UConn 2, Rutgers 1 — The eighth-seeded Huskies (33-26) earned an unlikely spot in the Big East championship final by ousting the No. 5 seed Scarlet Knights in Clearwater, Fla.
Sophomore Jordan Tabakman worked seven strong innings for UConn, striking out six without a walk.
The Huskies will face seventh-seeded Notre Dame for the title on Sunday.
NCAA Div. 1 semifinals — Derek Maltz scored with 19.2 seconds left to give Syracuse a 9-8 victory over Denver in Philadelphia, and a spot in its first national title game in four years.
The Orange (16-3) didn’t hold a lead until Maltz scored.
With 59 seconds left, Syracuse’s Luke Cometti tied it at 8.
Syracuse will take on Duke, which pulled out a 16-14 win over Cornell earlier Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.
David Lawson, a former Globe All-Scholastic from Middlesex, scored the winning goal for Duke (15-5) with 6:35 left in the fourth quarter.
Cornell’s Rob Pannell had five goals and two assists to become the Division 1 career scoring leader with 354 points.
NCAA Div. 3 individual championships — At Kalamazoo, Mich., Middlebury sophomore Loz-Sze Leung won the national singles title with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Kristin Lim of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Amherst juniors Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin took the doubles crown for the second time in three years, beating the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps duo of Lim and Caroline Ward, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).