LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College baseball team lost 14-12 to visiting Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Thursday evening at Rochdale Field in Leicester. WPI concludes their season at 13-22 while the Hawks of Becker drop to 9-23.
Senior outfielder Chris Testa (Providence, R.I. / LaSalle) became Becker's all-time hits leader in the bottom of the eighth inning when he singled to left-center field for the 180th hit of his career. Testa had earlier tied the record of 179 set by Todd Tompkins (Class of 2013) with a single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth. Testa finished the day going two-for-four with two RBI and a run scored.
Becker found themselves down 14-6 going into the bottom of the ninth, but the Hawks rallied, putting up six runs before WPI finally recorded the third out. Sophomore Michael Bianco (Manorville, N.Y. / Eastport-South Manor) had a monster day, going four-for-six with a home run, a double and two RBI. Junior Tanyon Ventres (Holden, Mass. / Wachusett Regional) went three-for-three while freshman William Negron (Bronx, N.Y. / Salesian) drove in two runs on a home run. Senior Jorge Grullon (Worcester, Mass. / North), freshman sophomore Michael McMahon (Canton, Mass. / Canton), senior Kevin Perez (Jersey City, N.J. / Union City) and freshman Tyler Grant (Hudson, N.H. / Alvirne) all also drove in runs.
WPI junior Austin Lindner (W. Windsor, NJ/W. Windsor-Plainsboro So.) drove in three runs off two hits, while junior Ryan Tropeano (Pembroke, MA/BC High) had three hits and two runs scored. Senior Evan Lacroix (Methuen, MA), junior Steven Gallagher (Coventry, RI) and sophomore Tyrone Patterson (Upper Marlboro, MD/Sidwll Friends School) each drove in two runs apiece while junior Josh Herlands (Glastonbury, CT) had a solo home run.
Becker will be back on the field on Saturday when they host Dean College in an NECC double-header beginning at 1:30 p.m.
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