LEESBURG, Fla.- The Becker College baseball team defeated Stockton University 7-3 in non-conference action Friday morning at Chain of Lakes Park. The win lifts the Hawks record to 4-7, while the Osprey fall to 2-6.
The starting pitching for both teams kept the bats quiet for the first five innings before Becker plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two out and runners on second and third, Chris Testa (Providence, R.I.) hit a ground ball to third for what looked to be the final out, but the throw pulled the first baseman off the bag, allowing Coby Hussy (Claremont, N.H.) to score the first run of the game. With runners on the corners, Testa stole second base, the throw down to second was cut off, causing Josiah Shepherd (Providence, R.I.) to get caught in a rundown between third and home. The speedy senior was able to avoid the tag at the plate, putting Becker in front 2-0. Senior Kevin Perez (Jersey City, N.J.) capped off the inning with an RBI single to right, scoring Testa to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead.
Becker gave themselves some breathing room when they scored four more runs in the bottom of the eighth. After two quick outs to start the inning, Kevin Santiago (New Bedford, Mass.) got the bats going with a single to left center. Chris Testa would then drive a ball into the right centerfield gap for an RBI triple. Kevin Perez kept the line moving with an RBI double, upping the Hawks lead to 5-0. After a Willis Pollard (Worthington, Mass.) single put runners at the corners, Cam Plank (Marlborough, Mass.) smacked a two-run double down the left field line to put Becker up 7-0.
Stockton rallied in the top of the ninth for three runs, but senior Chris LaDou (Worcester, Mass.) was able to stop the threat when he induced a double play to end the game.
Becker starting pitcher Michael Iacovelli (Northbridge, Mass.) earned his first win of the season after tossing 8.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.
Becker will finish their southern trip tomorrow when they play William Patterson University at 9:00 a.m.