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Wilkes’ Geoff Miller hits a single against Misericordia in Freedom Conference baseball action. With their 6-4 win, the Colonels earned their 11th straight victory to improve to 14-4 on the season.

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WILKES-BARRE — For the second time in less than a week, the Wilkes University baseball team defeated Misericordia, this time taking a 6-4 victory on Friday, surviving a late comeback by the Cougars. The Colonels have now won 11 straight and improved to 14-4 overall and 2-0 in Freedom Conference play.

Trailing 6-0 after seven innings, Misericordia scored four runs in the eighth, but freshman Sean Flecknoe came on in relief, giving up just one hit in 1.2 innings to earn his second save of the season. Flecknoe has yet to give up a run, earned or unearned, in five appearances.

Wilkes took advantage of sloppy defense by the Cougars, who committed three errors that resulted in four unearned runs.

Wilkes left fielder John Florance paced the offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. He would give the Colonels a 5-0 advantage with a three-run homer to left for his second-straight hit.

Wilkes heads to St. Davids today to take on Eastern in a Freedom Conference doubleheader.

Alvernia 8, King’s 3

The Monarchs saw their five-game win streak come to an end as they lost to host Alvernia College in a Freedom Conference matchup.

With the loss, King’s slipped to 14-6 overall and 3-1 in Freedom Conference play while Alvernia improved to 14-7 overall and 1-1 in league games.

The Crusaders jumped out to a big lead in the early going, scoring seven runs in four innings, and the Monarchs were unable to recover.

Jon Venarchick continued his solid hitting, going 2-for-5 on the day while posting the 197th and 198th hits of his King’s career.

Venarchick will have the opportunity to reach the 200-hit milestone today when King’s hosts Delaware Valley College in a noon doubleheader at Betzler Fields.

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