WORCESTER, Mass. – Becker College fell to Clark University 16-14 in non-conference baseball action Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Cougars improve to 10-2 on the season while the Hawks slide to 7-4.
After Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) put the Cougars on the board in the bottom of the first with a solo homerun, the Hawks would tie the game in the top of the second on an Evan Barrera (Warwick, R.I.) RBI groundout.
Clark went on to score seven runs on seven hits in the bottom of second to take what appeared to be a commanding 8-1 lead.
In the top of the third, Becker battled their way back into the game with six runs. After the first three batters of the inning made their way on, NECC Player of the Week Vaibhav Desai (Waltham, Mass.) smacked a two-run double into left, cutting the Cougars lead to 8-3. Christopher Testa (Providence, R.I.) plated two more runs with a single to right, shrinking the deficit to 8-5. The Hawks capped off the six run inning with RBI's from Evan Barrera and Niko Bedell (Manorville, N.Y.) to make the score 8-7 in favor of the hosts.
After holding the Cougars scoreless in the bottom of the third, Kevin Perez (Jersey City, N.J.) led off the fourth with a solo homerun to left centerfield, tying game at 8-8.
The Cougars came charging back when they tallied three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to widen their lead to 14-8.
Once again, the Becker offense refused to go down easily as the Hawks responded with five runs in the top of the sixth. After Kevin Perez got the inning started with a double, Josiah Shepherd (Providence, R.I.) drove him home with a triple into the right centerfield gap. Vaibhav Desai followed with an RBI single to make the score 14-10. After Christopher Testa reached on a single to put runners on first and second, senior T.J. Sempkowski (Oceanport, N.J.) blasted a three-run shot over the centerfield fence, pulling the Hawks within a run at 14-13.
Clark added a run in the bottom of the sixth on a Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.) RBI double, upping the Cougars lead to 15-13. Becker would pull within a run in the top of the seventh on Vaibhav Desai's fourth RBI of the game, but that would be as close as the Hawks would get as Clark held on for the 16-14 victory.
The Hawks return to action on Thursday, March 23rd with a non-conference tilt at Coast Guard beginning at 4:00 p.m.