NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – Becker College's Evan Barrera (West Warwick, R.I.) hit his 100th career hit in the Hawks' split with Newbury College in Sunday evening New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action at the New England Baseball Complex.
April 7, 2019
New England Baseball Complex
Records: Becker (9-14, 3-3 NECC) | Newbury (5-13, 2-4 NECC)
GAME ONE: Becker 7, Newbury 2
The Hawks took game one by a score of 7-2, as they scored the seven runs on 15 hits and one Newbury error.
Senior pitcher Tanyon Ventres (Holden, Mass.) pitched all seven innings and allowed two Newbury runs on seven hits, and struck out four in his appearance.
The game began with a single through the left side from sophomore Coby Hussey (Claremont, N.H.). Barrera was next at bat, and recorded his 100th career hit with a double to right field, advancing Hussey to third. However a popup and groundout to shortstop left the Hawks with no runs in the first inning.
It wasn't until the third inning that Becker reached the board. Michael McMahon (Canton, Mass.) started the inning with a double down the left field line. Hussey followed with a single, and then Barrera hit home McMahon on a single through the right side. Ventres hit home Hussey on a fielder's choice, to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third. The Nighthawks posted a run in the reverse side of the inning on a solo homer from Dylan Presby (China, Maine).
In the top of the fifth inning, William Negron (Bronx, N.Y.) hit a two-run homer, his third career home run, to left center to advance the Hawks lead to three (4-1).
Newbury had its second homer of the game in the bottom of the sixth, as David Center (Medford, Mass.) sent the ball over the left field fence, setting the score at 4-2.
Michael Bianco (Manorville, N.Y.) gave the Hawks three insurance runs in the top of the fifth as he belted a homer to centerfield, plating himself, Noah Rivera (New Bedford, Mass.) and Ventres. The Hawks prevailed 7-2 in game one.
- Bianco batted 2-for-4 with one run and a game-high three RBI.
- Hussey, Barrera, Rivera and Ben Mazzone (Bristol, Conn.) also batted 2-for-4 in the win.
- McMahon and Rivera each had two doubles in the win.
- Negron and Bianco accounted for the Hawks' two homers in game one.
- Newbury's offense was led by Chris Paulino (Wilton, Mass.) who went 2-for-3 from the plate. The other five Nighthawk hits were scattered amongst five players.
- Newbury's starting pitcher, Mark Travers (Norwood, Mass.) took the loss in six innings pitched. He allotted six runs, all earned, on 13 hits and struck out one batter.
GAME TWO: Newbury 5, Becker 4
Becker took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning as Barrera hit a two-RBI double to right center, and then Rivera plated Hussey on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
The Hawks added another run in the top of the fifth on a Newbury fielding error, giving the Blue and White a 4-0 lead.
However, Newbury rallied back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth (three runs on three hits and one Becker fielding error), and a walk-off homer from Center in the bottom of the seventh to settle the day with a split between the Hawks and Nighthawks.
Newbury's Brian Cipolla (Cranston, R.I.) picked up the win in seven innings pitched, as he allowed four Becker runs, one unearned on four hits.
Becker's starting pitcher, Michael Martinez (Raleigh, N.C.) pitched five innings and allowed three runs, one unearned, on five hits. He struck out five in his appearance.
Hawks' relief pitcher, Barrera, took the loss in relief, giving up two runs on two hits.
- Becker's four hits came from McMahon, Barrera, Mazzone, and Kevin Santiago (New Bedford, Mass.). McMahon and Barrera each registered doubles.
- Newbury's Center went 2-for-3 with two runs and the game-winning RBI.
- Dante Serino (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) also batted 2-for-3 for the Nighthawks.
The Hawks will travel to Lasell on Tuesday (Apr. 9) to face the Lasers in a 7 p.m. non-conference tilt.
KEEP UP WITH THE HAWKS