Winter Haven, Fla. – The Becker College baseball team, led by a very strong pitching performance from Jeff DiLorenzo (Coventry, R.I.) defeated the Daniel Webster Eagles 5-1 on Thursday afternoon. DiLorenzo tossed a complete game while giving one run on only five hits.
The Hawks were the first to put a run up on the board, doing so in the third inning. Joe Corey (Billerica, Mass.) reached first base after being hit by a pitch, Mike Marcello would drive in Corey for the game's first run after taking a 3-1 pitch to right field for a single, putting Becker College in front 1-0.
Daniel Webster's Rich Lizotte singled up the middle in the top of the fourth inning and would eventually tie the ball game at one apiece after Tyler Bonin would send a single up the middle, scoring Lizotte from second base.
Mike Marcello (West Haven, Conn.) would pick up his second hit of the day in the bottom of the fifth inning and Becker would follow up by loading the bases. Tom Natoli would effectively utilize his second at bat of the game when he took a 1-0 pitch to right field, scoring Marcello, giving the Hawks a 2-1 lead. The Hawks scored three runs in the sixth inning after Rasheen Green (New Haven, Conn.) would come in to pinch run and score on an error, Weston Meehan (Thomson, Ga.) would pick up a two RBI single down the left field line, sealing the win for Becker over the Eagles.
In the nightcap, Becker College only needed the first inning to get by Daniel Webster, defeating the Eagles 18-3. Becker also rode solid starting pitching from Trenton Gibson (Henderson, Nev.) to keep the Eagles at bay.
Their huge first inning scoring twelve runs. The onslaught started off with a Tom Natoli sacrifice fly to center field scoring Joe Corey for the first run of the game. Weston Meehan smacked a double into left field driving in Todd Tompkins (West Haven, Conn.) and Mike Marcello. D.J. Reed would add to the hitting frenzy with a two run single to right field scoring Meehan and Tony D'Addio (West Haven, Conn). Keon Jenkins (Nashua, N.H.) drove a single of his own into center field, scoring D.J. Reed and Austin Phillips. After the Hawks knocked the opposing starting pitcher out of the game before the first inning was over, Joe Corey singled to right field, and Mike Marcello grabbed a base knock to left field, loading the bases. The Hawks managed to rattle the Eagles first inning relief pitcher as well, as Todd Tompkins would draw a walk and Tom Natoli (Suffern, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Weston Meehan stepped up to the plate for the second time in the first inning and picked up his third and fourth RBI's with a single down the left field line, scoring Tompkins and Marcello. Becker's monster first inning would be capped off by an Austin Phillips sacrifice fly to right field scoring Natoli.
The Daniel Webster Eagles, facing a 12-0 deficit going into the second inning, scored a run on a Tyler Bonin fielder's choice, scoring Kyle Brigham and bringing the score to 12-1. The Eagles kept scrapping for runs in the third inning when LeLievre drove a single up the middle, scoring Kilgore, bringing the score to 12-2. LeLievre picked up his second RBI of the game in the fifth inning when he hit into a fielder's choice that scored Marstaller; which proved be their third last run of the game.
Becker continued to pile up the runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Austin Phillips singled to left field scoring Natoli and Ben Keough (Attleboro, Mass.). D.J. Reed (Londonderry, N.H.) drove in his third RBI of the game when he pulled a single to right field scoring Weston Meehan. The Hawks capped off their amazing offensive outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring their final two runs when Weston Meehan raked in his fifth RBI of the game, singling in Jefferey Parker (Londonderry, N.H.). The final run of the game came off the bat of Mike Smith (Warner, N.H.) when he grounded out to second base scoring Keough from third.
Trenton Gibson earned his second win of the week as the Hawks evened their record at 4-4. Becker and Daniel Webster will finish their three game NECC series tomorrow morning at 9:30am.