AUBURNDALE, FLA. >> It didn't take Mike Gladu very long to pick up his first collegiate win.
The first-year MCLA baseball coach watched his Trailblazers beat SUNY Poly 9-5 in the second game of a doubleheader on Friday. The Trailblazers dropped a 4-3, eight-inning decision in the opener. It was MCLA's first two games in Florida.
After a scoreless first inning in the second game, the Trailblazers erupted for four runs in the second inning and five in the third.
Frank Rickus threw 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win. He gave up one hit and one walk with five strikeouts. Todd Hunt gave up five runs, two earned, on five hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Pittsfield's Liam Nolan had a good day in the opener. The right-hander gave up three runs, one earned on five hits in five innings.
The Trailblazers scored three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game. Nolan plated shortstop Ryan Shook with a ground out to tie the game.
But in the bottom of the eighth, MCLA reliever Eamonn Andre gave up an RBI single to Connor Critelli to give Poly the win.
Billy Pulasky and Shook had big offensive days in the doubleheader. Pulasky was 4 for 6 in the doubleheader, while Shook was 3 for 5 with three runs scored and an RBI. Nate Alibozek chipped in by going 2 for 8 with three runs scored and an RBI for MCLA.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLO. >> Pittsfield's Jay Ogle earned All-America honors by finishing seventh in the giant slalom at the NCAA skiing championships.
Ogle competed in the event on Wednesday, and his finish earned him second team All-America honors.
The senior racer was ninth after the first run of the day and had the sixth-fastest second GS run. He had a combined time of 1 minute, 52.29 seconds, good for seventh overall.
UNH was sixth in the men's GS and ninth in the women's GS, good for ninth overall. Montana State led after the giant slalom with Denver second.
After Thursday's Nordic, UNH is 11th. Montana State leads, while Williams is 15th.