By STEVE KRAH
It was a title-taking kind of weekend for two of Indiana’s NAIA baseball programs.
Indiana Wesleyan (39-12, 28-4) earned its first Crossroads League regular-season championship since 2018 while going 3-1 at Wildcat Field against Grace.
With a three-game sweep of Midway at Koetter Sports Complex, Indiana University Southeast (36-13, 23-1) won its third straight River States Conference regular-season title.
The longest current win streaks among the state’s 38 college baseball programs belong to IU Southeast (8), Ball State (5), Rose-Hulman (5), Saint Francis (5), Indiana (4) and Manchester (4).
With an 11-inning win in Game 2 Saturday, Saint Francis (32-16, 22-10) capped a four-game Crossroads League sweep at Taylor. Junior right-hander Michael Vochelli worked the last five shutout innings as the winning pitcher.
In NCAA Division I, Niko Kavadas took his home run bat on the road as Notre Dame (20-8, 18-8) went 2-1 in an Atlantic Coast Conference series at Boston College.
The senior lefty slugger and Penn High School graduate pounded homer Nos. 14 and 15 in helping the Irish come back to win 13-9 in Game 3. He is among the national leaders.
Ball State (25-11, 16-4) enjoyed a four-game home sweep against Mid-American Conference foe Northern Illinois that included John Baker becoming the Cardinals’ all-time strikeout leader.
The senior right-hander fanned eight Huskies to raise his career total to 359 — No. 1 among active NCAA D-I pitchers and passed Bryan Bullington on Ball State’s K list.
Bats did some loud talking and pitchers were stingy as Indiana (18-8, 18-8) took all three Big Ten contest against visiting Minnesota. The Hoosiers outscored the Golden Gophers 39-5.
Drew Ashley (3) and Grant Richardson (2) led the way as IU collected nine hits in Game 1 to support winner Tommy Sommer (11 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings).
Morgan Colopy (3), Collin Hopkins (3) and Ashley (2 with a homer) led the way as Indiana rapped 10 hits in Game 2 and Braden Scott (who faced one batter in relief) notched the victory.
Colopy (3 with a homer), Hopkins (3), Cole Barr (3), Richardson (2 with a homer) and Paul Toetz (2) guided a 17-hit outburst in a 23-1 Game 3 rout and Gabe Bierman (11 K’s in six innings) picked up the win.
Butler (9-16, 4-7) went 2-1 in Big East Conference home series against Villanova.
After 25 road games to the start the season, Valparaiso (8-21, 3-9) came home to Emery G. Bauer Field and won three of four Missouri Valley Conference games against Southern Illinois. Games 1 and 2 on the new turf came on walk-off wins.
NCAA Division II Indianapolis (17-15, 15-9) outscored McKendree 26-4 to win the three last three games of a Great Lakes Valley Conference series at Greyhound Park. Junior lead-off man Trey Smith went 3-for-4 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored in the 13-2 finale.
NCAA D-III Rose-Hulman (16-10, 16-10) swept two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheaders — Friday against Bluffton and Sunday at Earlham. In Game 2 against the Quakers, the Fightin’ Engineers scored the decisive run in the eight inning.
Manchester (15-16, 15-16) went 3-0 in an HCAC series at Defiance.
The National Junior College Athletic Association postseason is fast-approaching.
Division II sub-regionals begin May 7.
Ancilla and Ivy Tech Northeast are in Region 12 and Vincennes in Region 24.
INDIANA COLLEGE BASEBALL
Records Through April 25
NCAA Division I
Ball State 25-11 (16-4 MAC)
Indiana State 21-11 (8-4 MVC)
Notre Dame 20-8 (18-8 ACC)
Evansville 20-18 (5-10 MVC)
Indiana 18-8 (18-8 Big Ten)
Purdue 10-18 (10-18 Big Ten)
Butler 9-16 (4-7 Big East)
Purdue Fort Wayne 9-21 (6-14 HL)
Valparaiso 8-21 (3-9 MVC)
NCAA Division II
Southern Indiana 20-16 (16-12 GLVC)
Indianapolis 17-15 (15-9 GLVC)
Purdue Northwest 9-16 (3-13 GLIAC)
NCAA Division III
Wabash 18-13 (9-6 NCAC)
Rose-Hulman 16-10 (16-10 HCAC)
Anderson 16-12 (16-12 HCAC)
Earlham 16-13 (16-13 HCAC)
Hanover 16-15 (16-15 HCAC)
Franklin 15-9 (15-9 HCAC)
Manchester 15-16 (15-16 HCAC)
DePauw 12-17 (5-7 NCAC)
Trine 6-19 (6-10 MIAA)
Indiana Wesleyan 39-12 (28-4 CL)
Indiana University Southeast 36-13 (23-1 RSC)
Taylor 33-16 (22-10 CL)
Saint Francis 32-16 (22-10 CL)
Huntington 25-13 (18-12 CL)
Indiana Tech 25-22 (11-5 WHAC)
Indiana University-Kokomo 24-17 (12-9 RSC)
Marian 21-24 (14-16 CL)
Indiana University South Bend 17-21 (13-10 CCAC)
Oakland City 17-24 (10-14 RSC)
Bethel 13-33 (10-20 CL)
Grace 12-31 (9-23 CL)
Calumet of Saint Joseph 5-26 (5-17 CCAC)
Goshen 3-34 (2-26 CL)
Ivy Tech Northeast 25-20
Vincennes 17-23 (5-15 MWAC)
Ancilla 6-25 (2-14 MCCAA)
NCAA Division I
Atlantic Coast (ACC)
Missouri Valley (MVC)
NCAA Division II
Great Lakes Valley (GLVC)
Great Lakes Intercollegiate (GLIAC)
NCAA Division III
Heartland Collegiate (HCAC)
Michigan Intercollegiate (MIAA)
Crossroads League (CL)
Chicagoland Collegiate (CCAC)
Wolverine Hoosier (WHAC)
River States Conference (RSC)
Mid-West Athletic (MWAC)
Michigan Community College (MCCAA)