LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College Hawks took on Dean College in NECC action Saturday at Rochdale Park in Rochdale, Massachusetts. Dean won the first game, 8-3, while Becker took the second game, 7-4.
Dean (11-26-1, 6-11 NECC) was able to strike first in game one in the top of the first on three Hawk errors. Travis Dinsdale (Worcester, Mass.) the lead hitter was able to get on by means of an error, and later score on another error. Making the score 1-to-0 going into the bottom of the first.
Becker (10-24, 7-9 NECC) wouldn't let the rough start shake them as the rallied back and were able to put up a two spot in the inning. Starting off with a Josiah Shepherd (Providence, R.I.) walk and steal of second base. He later took third in a double steal along with Chris Testa (Providence R.I.). Noah Rivera (New Bedford, Mass.) who had a great day at the plate was able hit a fly ball deep enough for the SAC fly allowing Shepherd to score. Senior Kevin Perez (Jersey City, N.J.) who also had a great day at the plate, singled to score Testa from second to give the Hawks the lead 2-to-1 going into the second inning.
The Bulldogs put up their own two run inning in the third and fifth, giving them the lead back and extending it. Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.) score the first run on a Jeff Sharnick (Statford, Conn.) single to center field. The second run in the third came on a Landon Fish (New Port Richey, Fla.) SAC fly plating Will Kulcher (Crown Point, Ind.) giving them the lead 3-to-2.
In the fifth two more were platted, on another SAC fly by Ben Chajet (Hillsboro Beach, Fla.) scoring Sharnick. Dakari Cox's (Needham, Mass.) had the last RBI in the fifth on a SAC fly scoreing Fish, making the Bulldogs lead now 5-to-3.
The Hawks would put up one more inn the bottom of the fifth, on a Rivera single that allowed Shepherd to score making the deficit only two at 5-to-3 after five innings.
That is where Dean shut the door and didn't allow Becker to score another run and put up three more to close out the game.
For Dean Gaten Davis (Anchorage, Alaska) was able to go the distance and pick up the win, with seven innings, nine strikeouts, and only six hits allowed. With the win Davis improved to 2-2 on the season.
The Hawks starter Tanyen Ventres (Holden, Mass) was tagged with the loss and falls to 1-6 on the season. Ventres went five innings only allowing six hits and three earned.
Game two started with a Becker Lead in the bottom of the first on a leadoff homerun by Chris Testa to left field.
Dean would soon answer with a homerun of their own in the top of the third by Will Kulcher platting two and himself, giving the Bulldogs the lead, 3-to-1.
The Hawks didn't seem phased by the blast and tied the game up in the fourth on a Perez single platting Rivera and Ventres, giving Perez his third RBI on the day. After four innings the game was knotted at three apiece.
The Bulldogs had just one more run in them and that came in the fifth. Kulcher reached base on a hit by pitch and later advanced to second on a Sharnick single. Kulcher then scored while stealing third and advancing on a wild throw by the catcher. Giving Dean the lead again 4-to-3.
Becker then exploded with a four run fifth inning to put the bulldogs away 7-to-4. The fifth started with left fielder William Negron (Bronx, N.Y.) getting hit by a pitch, to later advance to second on a Rivera single. Negron then scored on a hit and run as Ventres singled to the shortstop. Rivera then scored on a Coby Hussey (Claremont, N.H.) single to center field, advancing to second on the throw to the plate. Kevin Perez then stepped up to the plate with two in scoring position and he delivered again with a opposite field single scoring both Ventres and Hussey, giving him his fifth RBI on the day.
Dean first basemen and pitcher Ben Chajet was tagged with the loss after going one and two thirds, allowing three hits and striking out only one.
For the Hawks Daniel Diaz (Teaneck, N.J.) was able to get the win throwing six innings, allowing seven hits, and striking out five, and improving to 3-4 on the year. Senior Michael Iacovelli (Northbridge, Mass.) was able to close out the game for Becker and gain his first save of the year.
Becker College will play at Dean in an attempt to win the series tomorrow starting at noon.
Prior to the game, Becker recognized their eight departing seniors as part of Senior Day. Perez, Iacovelli, Shepherd, Ladou, Grullon, Testa, Byrnes, and Hawrylciw were recognized by coaches, teammates and family members for their years of contributions not only to the baseball program but to the Becker community as a whole. Although their time at Becker may be coming to an end, they will forever be part of the Hawks' family.
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