LEICESTER, Mass. – The Mariners of Mitchell College swept the Hawks of Becker College by scores of 13-2 and 9-4 in a Sunday afternoon New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) twinbill at Rochdale Park.
April 14, 2019
Mitchell (21-6, 7-1 NECC)
Becker (11-18, 5-5 NECC)
GAME ONE: Mitchell 13, Becker 2
The Mariners logged 13 runs on 15 hits and two Becker errors to take game one, 13-2.
The Mariners held the Hawks to just two runs, one unearned, on four hits. Rookie pitcher Ryan Solimine (Danbury, Conn.) earned his fifth win on the mound, as he allowed one unearned run on three hits in six innings pitched. He walked one batter, and struck out six Hawks in his appearance.
Mitchell came out strong, scoring four runs in the first and five runs in the second inning to take a 9-0 command. In the first, the Mariners saw back-to-back singles from Eric Marriott (Niagara Falls, Canada), Markus Melendez (Storrs, Conn.) and Steve Cochrane (East Haven, Conn.) to start the inning. The first run scored on Cochrane's RBI single to left field, and another scored on a Steven Pagan (Oceanside, Calif.) sacrifice fly RBI. The other two first-inning runs scored on an RBI groundout from Sam Majewski (Brewster, Mass.), and the Mariners were successful on a double-steal attempt to plate the fourth.
In the second, Marriott and Peter Abate (Wallingford, Conn.) had RBI groundouts, Dougie DelaCruz (Uncasville, Conn.) had an RBI single, and two more runs crossed on a Majewski two-RBI double to right center.
Becker put one run on the board in the bottom of the fourth, as Tanyon Ventres (Holden, Mass.) reached home on a Mariners fielding error, after he had reached base on a double to right center –the Hawks' second hit of the game.
The Mariners added three to their total in the top of the fifth, as Devyn McCarty (Meriden, Conn.) had a two-RBI double and Michael Santiago (Wethersfield, Conn.) had an RBI single. They tacked on another in the top of the sixth on an RBI single from Pagan, setting the score to 13-1.
Becker put its only earned run on the board in the bottom of the seventh on a Coby Hussey (Claremont, N.H.) RBI single, to finalize the score at 13-2.
- Mitchell's DelaCruz batted 3-for-3 with three runs, one RBI and a stolen base.
- The Mariners' Melendez went 2-for-5 with a double and three runs.
- Mitchell's Majewski went 1-for-3 with a double and game-high three RBI.
- Abate batted 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.
- Becker's four hits came from Hussey (2), Michael McMahon (Canton, Mass.) and Ventres.
- The Hawks' starting pitcher, Evan Barrera (West Warwick, R.I.) took the loss in two innings pitched. He allowed nine runs on six hits, walked one and struck out one.
GAME TWO: Mitchell 9, Becker 4
The Mariners earned the sweep as they took game two by a score of 9-4, scoring the nine runs on nine hits and four Becker fielding errors.
Mitchell's pitching staff of Roland Thiverge (Portland, Conn.) and Bryce Bedard (Ledyard, Conn.) held the Hawks to just four hits in game two. Bedard earned the win in relief, allowing no runs on no hits in 3-2/3 innings pitched.
Mitchell took a two-run lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI triple from Melendez, and an RBI single from Cochrane.
Becker cut the Mariners lead in half in the reverse side of the inning on an RBI double from Ventres – his second of the day. The Hawks then tied the game up at 2-2 in the bottom of the second inning on a Mariner fielding error.
It wasn't long after that the Mariners took back the lead, as they scored three runs on an RBI single from DelaCruz, a Becker fielding error and an RBI hit by pitch for Hunter Yaworski (Brooklyn, Conn.).
Becker got within one in the bottom of the third as Ben Mazzone (Bristol, Conn.) hit a two-RBI single to right center, advancing the score to 5-4, still in favor of the Mariners, after three.
Mitchell took a 6-4 lead in the top of the fourth with a sacrifice fly from DelaCruz.
The Mariners held off the Hawks and scored three more in the top of the seventh to conclude with a 9-4 final. The three ninth-inning runs scored on a Justin Johnson (Everett, Mass.) two-RBI double. He then stole third base, and scored on a throwing error by Becker's catcher for the final run of the afternoon.
- The Mariners' Marriott went 3-for-3 with two runs in game two.
- Melendez batted 1-for-2 with two runs, two walks and an RBI.
- Both DelaCruz and Johnson posted two RBI for the visitors.
- Becker's Ventres went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.
- Barrera batted 1-for-2 with two runs for the Hawks.
- Becker's Mazzone had a game-high two RBI.
- Michael Martinez (Raleigh, N.C.) suffered the loss on the mound, pitching 2-1/3 innings. He allowed four runs on four hits, walked two and struck out one.
Mitchell returns to action on Tuesday (Apr. 16) and will face Salve Regina in a non-conference tilt in Newport, R.I. The Hawks break until Saturday (Apr. 20), when they will travel to Eastern Nazarene for an NECC doubleheader starting at 12 noon.
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