Winter Haven, Fl. – The Becker College baseball team defeated the Daniel Webster Eagles 11-6 on Friday afternoon to complete the sweep of the three game NECC series.
Daniel Webster got on the board in the first inning when Kyle Brigham doubled to right field scoring Korey LeLievre, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Tyler Bonin scored on a throwing error in the second inning, as the Eagles extending their lead to 2-0.
The Becker bats started to heat up in the third inning, scoring two runs after Mike Marcello (West Haven, Conn.) drove a single through the left side, scoring Tony D'Addio (West Haven, Conn.). Marcello would later come around to score on a wild pitch, tying the ball game up at 2-2. The Hawks took the lead in the fourth inning. Eric Lajoie (Oakham, Mass.) drove in Weston Meehan (Thomson, Ga.), when he took an 0-2 pitch to center field for a single, giving Becker a 3-2 advantage. Joe Corey (Billerica, Mass.) scored Lajoie and D'Addio after singling to center field, putting the Hawks in front 5-2.
Daniel Webster answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning when Erick Bourdeau scored on a throwing error. Josh Chasse followed with a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing the Eagles to within one run at 5-4. The Eagles would tie the game at 5-5 when Kyle Brigham drew a bases loaded walk.
Becker College took the lead for good in the fifth inning when Tony D'Addio hit an RBI single to right field, scoring Meehan from third. Eric Lajoie would be responsible for knocking D'Addio and D.J. Reed (Londonderry, N.H.) across the plate with a single to center, making the score 8-5.
The Hawks took their offensive onslaught into the sixth inning when Mike Marcello padded the Hawks lead, driving in Joe Corey with a double to right center. Todd Tompkins followed with a single down the right field line, scoring Marcello. After Tompkins stole second, then advanced to third on a muffed pickoff attempt, Weston Meehan continued his dominant series by driving in Tompkins with a frozen rope single to right field, giving the Hawks an 11-5 lead.
In the eighth Josh Chasse singled to left field, plating Tyler Bonin for the Eagles final run of the game.
Tony Cantalupo (DePere, Wisc.) pitched a scoreless ninth to secure the 11-6 victory for the Hawks. Joe Spero (Glastonbury, Conn.) allowed one run on five hits, in four and a third innings of work to earn the win. Joe Corey finished the game with three hits, moving him into second place all time at Becker with 132 career hits. The Hawks completed their trip to Florida with a record of 5-4.