Baseball Splits With Gordon In Florida Opener

Willis Pollard with an run batted in

LEESBURG, Fla.- The Becker College baseball team opened their Florida trip by splitting a doubleheader with Gordon College on Saturday evening at Pat Thomas Stadium. Becker rallied for an 8-7 victory in game one, before dropping the nightcap 9-2.

Becker's record now stands at 3-2, while the Fighting Scots are 1-4 on the year.

In game one, the Hawks fell in an early hole as Gordon scored five runs in the top of the first inning. Travis Benoit (Worcester, Mass.) capped off the inning with a grand slam.

Kevin Perez (Jersey City, N.J.) put the Hawks on the board in the bottom of the first when he earned a walk with the bases load, scoring Josiah Shepherd (Providence, R.I.) from first.

After Gordon added a run in the top of the second, the Hawks came clawing back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. With the bases loaded, Kevin Perez gathered his second RBI walk of the game to cut the deficit to 6-2. Freshman Willis Pollard (Worthington, Mass.) followed with a two-run single to left to make the score 6-4.

Gordon would tack on another run in the top of the fourth before Becker would tie the game with three more runs in the bottom of the inning. Kevin Perez would plate the first run of the inning when he was hit by pitch with the bases loaded, earning his third RBI of the game. Willis Pollard followed with a single up the middle, scoring Ben Mazzone (Bristol, Conn.) to pull the Hawks within a run. Noah Rivera (New Bedford, Mass.) tied the game at 7-7 with a sacrifice fly to left field.

In the bottom of the sixth with two out, senior Chris Testa (Providence, R.I.) got the inning started with a double. Kevin Perez capped off the comeback with an RBI single to center, scoring Testa to put the Hawks in front 8-7.

Jack Snyder (Shrewsbury, Mass.) earned the win for the Hawks after tossing three innings of scoreless relief.

In game two, the Hawks could only muster six hits as the Fighting Scots controlled the game from the start. Willis Pollard collected two of the Becker hits, while William Negron (Bronx, N.Y.) drove in both runs.

Tanyon Ventres (Holden, Mass.) suffered the loss despite allowing just two earned runs as the Hawks committed six errors.

Becker returns to action tomorrow when they battle Eastern Connecticut State at 1:00 p.m.