Baseball Sweeps NECC Doubleheader, Bedell Sets Home Run Record

Baseball Sweeps NECC Doubleheader, Bedell Sets Home Run Record

BENNINGTON, Vt.-  The Becker College baseball swept their New England Collegiate Conference doubleheader against Southern Vermont College at Bill Epstein Field Thursday afternoon. The Hawks rallied for a 5-4 victory in game one before taking the nightcap 7-3.

The sweep evens the Hawks record at 14-14 (7-4 NECC) while the Mountaineers slide to 7-19 (5-4 NECC).

Senior Niko Bedell (Manorville, N.Y.) belted two home runs on the day, setting a new Becker College career record with 18 long balls.

Game One

Becker jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by Chris Testa (Providence, R.I.) to score Josiah Shepherd (Providence, R.I.).

Southern Vermont responded in the bottom of the first when they plated three runs on just one hit.

In the top of the fourth, Niko Bedell tied the game at 3-3 when he smacked a two-run home run over the right field fence. Bedell's home run not only tied the game, it tied the Becker College career home run record.

The Mountaineers took the lead back in the bottom of the fifth on an Anthony Mercuri (Ridge, N.Y.) RBI single to centerfield.

Trailing 4-3 in the top of the seventh, the Hawks rallied to tie the game with a two-out RBI single by Vaibhav Desai (Waltham, Mass.). Pinch hitter Nicholas Harriman (Harrisville, R.I.) led off the inning with a single. After Trevor Read (Colorado Springs, Colo.) moved Harriman into scoring position, Desai knotted the game at 4-4 with a single to centerfield.

T.J. Sempkowski (Oceanport, N.J.) led off the eighth inning with a walk. Sempkowski would make his way to third when the attempt to throw him out at second on a steal attempt sailed into center. Niko Bedell gave the Hawks the lead for good when he singled home Sempkowski to make the final score 5-4.

Christopher LaDou (Worcester, Mass.) earned the win after getting the final five outs of the game, allowing just one hit. Michael Iacovelli (Northbridge, Mass.) was brilliant out of the Hawks bullpen, allowing just one run in six innings of relief.

Game Two

The Hawks jumped out to an early 5-0 lead with two runs in the first inning and three in the second.

With the bases loaded in the top of the first, T.J. Sempkowski put the Hawks on the board when he reached on a fielder's choice, allowing Josiah Shepherd to scamper home from third. Evan Barrera (West Warwick, R.I.) followed with an RBI single up the middle to put Becker in front 2-0.

In the top of the second, a Kevin Perez (Jersey City, N.J.) single and a Daniel Diaz (Teaneck, N.J.) double put the Hawks in business with two runners in scoring position. Josiah Shepherd plated both runners with a single to left, upping the Hawks lead to 4-0. After Shepherd made his way to third on a stolen base and a throwing error, Chris Testa capped off the inning with an RBI single through the left side of the infield.

The Mountaineers made things interesting when they climbed back into the game with three runs in the bottom of the third, cutting their deficit to 5-3.

The scored stayed the same until the top of the fifth when Niko Bedell smacked his 18th career home run to set a new Becker College career record.

Becker added an insurance run in the top of the sixth on a T.J. Sempkowski sacrifice fly.

Tanyon Ventres (Holden,Mass.) earned the win after tossing his second complete game of the season. Ventres allowed three runs, none of them earned while scattering five hits to even his record at 3-3 on the year.

Becker returns to action on Saturday, April 22nd with an NECC doubleheader against Newbury College at Rochdale Park beginning at noon.