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Defending regional champion La Roche ousted; W&J reaches title game

| Friday, May 19, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

The defending regional champion and third-seeded La Roche baseball team went 0-2 in the 2017 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional, getting eliminated by second-seeded SUNY Cortland on Friday at Ross Memorial Park. The Red Dragons defeated the Redhawks, 10-2.

Cortland senior Steven Figueroa provided the offensive spark, going 3 for 5 with two home runs and six RBIs. He hit a three-run home run in the second and the fourth innings, his first two homers of the season.

Jeff Cooke was the second pitcher in as many days to throw a complete game against La Roche, allowing only two runs on eight hits and striking out seven.

Luis Navedo was the bright spot for the Redhawks' offense, going 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs.

W&J wins again

Washington & Jefferson's high-powered offense continued to shine at the 2017 NCAA Mideast Regional, as the fourth-seeded Presidents advanced to the winner's bracket championship game with a 15-6 win against eighth-seeded Earlham College at Ross Memorial Park on Friday.

“Another good day for the Presidents,” Washington & Jefferson coach Jeff Mountain said. “A lot of fight out of the guys. That is how we have been from the beginning. It is always good when you get out to a good start.”

Senior Nick Vento, a Franklin Regional graduate, had a game to remember, going 4 for 6 with seven RBIs, four of those coming on his second-inning grand slam to give the Presidents (36-10) the lead for good. Adam LaRue, a West Allegheny graduate, had his second four-hit game in a row out of the leadoff spot.

Freshman Ben Marsico, a North Allegheny graduate, picked up his first collegiate win. Marsico went four innings in relief, allowing only two hits.

Drew Karpen is a freelance writer.

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