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STAC Baseball Sweeps on the Road; Walker Powerful

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Bonnies are going dancin’

Sparked by defensive specialist Alaina Walker of Pomona, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team will travel to Tallahassee, FL, as the fifth seed in the Raleigh Region of the NCAA Tournament.

The Bonnies meet 12th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2 in a game to be played at Florida State University’s Donald L. Tucker Center.

The Bonnies, whose loss to Dayton in the Atlantic-10 title game snapped an 18-game winning streak, enter NCAA Tournament action with a sparking 29-3 record.

Walker, an alumna of Albertus Magnus, despite drawing the opponent’s top scorer, averaged 6.6 points for the Bonnies, tied for second on the team in blocked shots (11), was second in rebounds (5.4 per game), and third in assists (46).

Florida Gulf Coast – in its first year eligible for the Division I tournament – is riding a 21-game winning streak. The Eagles won the Atlantic Sun Championship and will carry a 29-2 record into their matchup with the Bonnies. FGCU’s only two losses have come to Seton Hall on the road and a neutral-site encounter with North Carolina State.

The matchup will feature the nation’s top-two active leaders in career 3-pointers. St. Bonaventure senior Jessica Jenkins of Marion, OH, leads all active players with 331 career 3's, while the Eagles’ Kelsey Jacobson of Barnesville, MN, has knocked down 329 triples. As a team, the Eagles lead the country in 3-pointers made per game at 10.8.

The Bonnies are hoping to advance to play the winner of 4th-seeded Georgia and 13th-seeded Marist on Tuesday, also in Tallahassee.

 

Sunshine sweep for Spartans

The St. Thomas Aquinas College baseball team is back at home after sweeping six games on a trip to Florida.

The Spartans, who ended the swing with a 5-1 victory over St. Michael’s College in Lake Worth behind Stanley Susana of the Bronx and Frank Salerno of New City, are scheduled to play seven of their next eight games at home.

STAC will host Southern New Hampshire for a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday at Provident Bank Park in Pomona. Both twin-bills are set to start at noon. The Spartans then welcome local rival Dominican College on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Susana went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the Spartans against St. Michaels, while Salerno--coming off his East Coast Conference Player-of-the-Week honor--also chipped in with a 3-for-3 performance.

The Spartans lifted their overall mark to 10-4 while the Purple Knights fell to 3-3 on the season.

Ken Frawley of White Plains and Jon Scott of Old Tappan, NJ, closed the door on the Purple Knights, retiring the side in the final two frames to secure STAC’s 10th win in its last 11 games. Tom Enright of Nanuet was credited with the win in relief to improve to 1-1.

 

Mortarboard musings

  • Chrissy Gutenberger of Stony Point had three goals, and Carly Cappello of New City an assist, but the Manhattan College women’s lacrosse team lost its third straight, 14-12 to St. Joseph’s at Finnessey Field in Philadephia. The Jaspers (2-5) return to Philly on Saturday to meet Villanova at 7 p.m.
  • The Nyack College baseball team defeated Mercy College, 3-2, on the strength of a dramatic three-run, ninth-inning rally at Lawnwood Athletic Complex in Fort Pierce, FL. Freshman Logan White of Fort Lauderdale, FL, picked up his first collegiate win, pitching a scoreless eighth inning and striking out two.  White relieved Craig Jacobs of Hawthorne, NJ, who pitched seven solid innings, not allowing a walk and striking out seven. Nyack, which stole six bases in the win, was to meet Southern Connecticut State today in the Palm Beach Challenge, and then returns home to meet Dominican College on Tuesday at Provident Bank Park in Pomona at noon.

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The 'College Sports Notebook' is published each Friday. Please send items of interest—including local athletes competing at out-of-town colleges—to marcmaturo@aol.com.

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