College Notebook: Matt Schneider, Assumption baseball head to NCAA D-II tournament

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There will be a Berkshire County presence in some upcoming NCAA baseball tournament action.

Matt Schneider of Dalton, a junior at Assumption College, will be playing in an NCAA Division II regional hosted by Southern New Hampshire.

In fact, Assumption (26-18) will play SNHU (36-12) in the first round of the double-elimination. The two teams are rivals in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Schneider, who is listed as a catcher and outfielder on the Assumption roster, hit .314 in 30 games for the Greyhounds, with a home run and 10 runs batted in. Schneider actually was his team's designated hitter in more games than he played behind the dish. He hit his only home run of the season in a Feb. 24 win over Bloomfield. It was a two-run shot in the sixth inning.

The other game in the East Regional at Southern New Hampshire features LIU Post against Felician.

There will be a familiar face on the other side of the field in the first game. Dylan Faircloth plays outfield for Southern New Hampshire. If the name is familiar, it's because he played last summer with the Pittsfield Suns of the Futures League.

Faircloth hit .250 with three homers and 20 RBI for SNHU. Last summer with the Suns, he hit .276 with two homers and 19 RBI.

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Williams College golfer Sam Goldenring leads after the first round of the NCAA Division III men's golf tournament.

Goldenring shot a 3-under-par 69 at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. He had a bogey-free round with 15 pars and three birdies. The junior leads four golfers by one stroke.

Two Trinity golfers are in a tie for sixth at 71. One of them, Will Rosenfeld, played in Pittsfield last week as he unsuccessfully tried to qualify for this summer's U.S. Open.

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The Williams College women's golf team is fourth after the first day of the NCAA Division III championship.

The Ephs shot 309 on the opening outing at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, and that's three strokes behind first-day leader Redlands University. Methodist and DePauw are one shot behind Redlands and two strokes ahead of Williams.

The top Eph individual after Day One is senior Cori Chan, who shot a 3-over-par 75 and is in a 10-way tie for sixth. Chan started on the 10th hole and, thanks to three bogeys, made the turn at 3-over 39. On the front nine, Chan had three birdies, a bogey and a double bogey to come in at even-par 36.

Bailey Plourde of Centre College is the first-round leader, as she shot a 1-under-par 71. She leads Taylor Beckwith of Whittier by two strokes.

Williams' Olivia White is six back at 77, and tied for 23rd.

The golfers will play 56 holes, when the field will be cut to the top 15 teams.

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If the Trinty or Babson College baseball teams go far in the NCAA Division III tournament, then the Pittsfield Suns might have to wait a little while for some of their players and staff.

Three future Suns, including veteran pitcher Mike Nocchi, play for Babson. The Beavers are the top seed in the Trinity Regional, which is hosted by Trinity College. Trinity is where Suns manager Matt Gedman works as an assistant coach.

Nocchi is slated to be joined in Pittsfield this summer by pitcher Henry Leake and infielder Matt Valente.

Rowan University in New Jersey is also hosting a regional. The top-seeded Lions have a North Adams SteepleCats pitcher on their roster in right-hander Dan Corvo.

The NCAA Division III World Series will take place May 31-June 5 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


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