Leicester, Mass. ---The Becker College baseball team took on Southern Vermont in a double- header on Saturday at Rochdale Park in NECC action. The Hawks were able to take both games from the Mountaineers, with final scores of 5-3 and 10-5.
The Southern Vermont Mountaineers move to 6-17 on the year, and 4-8 in NECC conference play, while the Becker College Hawks move to 9-20 on the season, and move to 6-7 in conference.
Southern Vermont got on the board first in the top half of the second inning with a homerun hit over the left field fence by Nate Hickey (Bristol, Conn.) to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks rally back in the bottom of the third, starting with a Ben Mazzone (Bristol, Conn.) single to center field. Mazzone later advanced to second on a passed ball, to then score on a Willis Pollard (Worthington, Mass.) single through the left side, tying the game at one apiece. He later then stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. Pollard later scored on a Kansas City walk off with Josiah Shepherd (Providence, R.I.) at first getting caught into a run down on purpose after he had reached on a hit by pitch, ending the third with the Hawks up 2-1.
The next inning the Hawks extended their lead by another run with a leadoff double by Chris Testa (Providence, R.I.). Who then scored on a Cam Plank (Marlborough, Mass) single up the middle to move to a 3-1 lead after four.
The Mountaineers weren't going to go away easily and made some noise in the top of the sixth inning. Senior third basemen John Arancio (Oradell, N.J.) started it for Southern Vermont with a single up the middle. Arancio later advanced to second with a Will Lannacone (Winchendon, Mass.) walk. Arancio and Lannacone scored on the very next pitch as Jordan Banks (Bristol, Conn.) smoked a triple to left center field, tying the game at three after 6 and a half.
Becker took little time on the attack and pushed the lead back up to two in the bottom of the sixth. Starting with Noah Rivera (New Bedford, Mass,) double to left center to then be batted in with a Kevin Perez (Jersey City, N.J.) triple to right center, putting the hawks up 4-to-3. Perez then scored on a double by Plank who picked up his second RBI of the day pushing the lead to 5-to-3.
Chris LaDou (Worcester, Mass.) came in in relief in the sixth finished the game with a shutdown seventh to get the win, he is now 1-2 on the season. The loss was handed down to Nick Hartman (East Hartland, Conn.) he is now 3-4 on the season.
The Hawks continued with the hot bats going into the bottom of the first in game two, putting up nine runs. The inning started with Shepherd reaching on an error and a Tanyon Ventres (Holden, Mass.) walk. Shepherd found his way home on a steal attempt of third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. That error also allowed Ventres to go from first to third, then later score on a Testa single to the right side. Testa later advanced to second on a wild pitch to then be hit in by a Rivera single to center field. The inning continued with a Mazzone single and a Michael Bianco (Manorville, N.Y.) walk. With the bases loaded William Negron (Bronx, N.Y.) singled to center field to plate Rivera and Mazzone putting the Hawks up 5-to-0. With two on and two out Josiah Shepherd came to the plate for the second time in the inning and cashed in with a three RBI inside the park Homerun to deep center field. Becker was able to put one more on the board in the first with a Testa single scoring Ventres, making the score 9-to-0 after just one.
The hitting for the Hawks slowed in the second, but were still able to plate one on a Plank sacrifice fly, giving him his third RBI on the day. Becker did not score again for the remainder of the game, but went into the third with a 10-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, senior outfielder Josiah Shepherd was able to reach 100 Career hits as a Becker College Hawk, with a single to left field.
The Mountaineers would crack the scoreboard in the fourth inning starting with a Arancio double down the right field line. Arancio would later score on a Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.) single to left field. Niko D'Agnese (Mahopac, N.Y.) got Stacey to advance to third with a double down the left field line. Both Stacey and D'Agnese would end up scoring on a Nick Santoro (Syracuse, N.Y.) ground ball that would be thrown away by the Becker shortstop. After four innings of play the Hawks still lead 10-to-3.
Southern Vermont went on to score two more runs, one in the sixth and the last in the seventh. The sixth inning run was scored by Stacey after reaching on a single and scoring on a D'Agnese double to center field. The final run of the game was on a second Hickey Homer just left of the first one. With the last two runs the Hawks pull away with a second win 10-to-5.
For the Hawks Danny Diaz (Teaneck, N.J) got the win on the bump giving him his second win of the year making him 2-4 on the season. David Payne took the loss, who moving to 0-2 on the season.
The Hawks will try for the sweep of the Mountaineer's Sunday back in Rochdale, Mass. starting at noon.
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