LEICESTER, Mass. – The Becker College baseball team split with the visiting Blazers of Elms College by scores of 12-1 and 18-1 in a Saturday afternoon New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) twinbill at Rochdale Park.
April 6, 2019
Records: Becker (8-13, 2-2 NECC) | Elms (3-15, 1-3 NECC)
GAME ONE: Becker 12, Elms 1
The Hawks took game one by a score of 12-1 as Evan Barrera (West Warwick, R.I.) batted 4-for-4 with three runs and an RBI, Coby Hussey (Claremont, N.H.) went 2-for-2 with two runs and three walks, and Michael Bianco (Manorville, N.Y.) went 1-for-2 with two walks and a game-high three RBI.
Rookie pitcher, Tevon Johnson (New Bedford, Mass.) went the distance and earned his second win of the season. He held the visitors to one unearned run on five hits and one Becker fielding error. He walked two and struck out four in his appearance.
Becker took the lead in the bottom of the first as two runs scored on RBI from Tanyon Ventres (Holden, Mass.) and Ben Mazzone (Bristol, Conn.) and another scored on a passed ball. The Hawks added another in the bottom of the second on an RBI single from Barrera.
Becker stretched further away from the Blazers in the fourth when Bianco hit a three-run shot to left field to make the score 7-0, Hawks.
Four more runs scored in the fifth inning. Ventres hit a sacrifice fly to plate Michael McMahon (Canton, Mass.), Noah Rivera (New Bedford, Mass. ) hit a two-RBI double to left field and Mazzone hit an RBI single to centerfield for a 12-0 lead.
Elms spoiled the shutout for Becker in the top of the sixth on an RBI single from Cameron Griffin (West Springfield, Mass.).
- The 12 runs scored are a season-high for the Hawks.
- Becker's Barrera batted 4-for-4 with three runs and one RBI.
- Hussey went 2-for-2 with two runs and three walks.
- McMahon batted 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI.
- Bianco went 1-for-2 with his fourth career homer (first this season) and a game-high three RBI and two walks.
- Mazzone went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. He also swiped a base from the Blazers.
- Willis Pollard (Worthington, Mass.) also batted .500 in game one as he went 1-for-2 with a double and one run.
- Elms' Alex Hoss (Stafford Springs, Conn.) and Griffin both went 2-for-3 from the plate.
- Thomas Slane (Tolland, Conn.) went 1-for-2 with one run and one walk.
- The Blazers' starting pitcher, Thomas Owens (Enfield, Conn.) was tabbed with the loss in three innings pitched. He allowed four runs, one unearned, walked six, and struck out two.
GAME TWO: Elms 18, Becker 1
The Elms offense put up 18 runs on 17 hits and six Becker errors in game two to prevail 18-1.
The Blazers put up four runs in the top of the first on a three-RBI double from Griffin and an RBI single from Kyle Pingree (Springfield, Mass.). Becker scored, what proved to be their only run, in the bottom of the first on an RBI double from Barrera.
The Blazers scored two in the second on an RBI double from Josh Berthiaume (Pittsfield, Mass.) and an RBI single from Nathan Ayala (Springfield, Mass.). Three more Blazer runs crossed the plate in the third on a Becker error and a two-RBI triple from Slane. Elms led 9-1 at the end of the third.
One run crossed in the fourth on an RBI single from Pingree. The Blazers amassed four runs in the fifth, and three in the sixth to set the score at 17-1. The final run of the game crossed in the top of the seventh as Josh Nohilly (Bristol, Conn.) scored on a wild pitch.
- Elms' Slane batted 3-for-4 with a triple, a game-high four runs and two RBI.
- Berthiaume went 3-for-6 from the dish with a double, a home run, three runs and a game-high four RBI.
- Pingree batted 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk.
- Ayala went 2-for-2 with two runs, two RBI and a walk.
- Griffin finished 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and three RBI.
- Kevin Banas (Hatfield, Mass.) went the distance for his first win of the season. He pitched seven innings and allowed one run on nine hits. He struck out five Becker batters.
- Becker's nine hits were led by Barrera who went 2-for-3 with the lone RBI, and Kevin Santiago (New Bedford, Mass.) who went 2-for-2.
- Starting pitcher, Daniel Diaz (Teaneck, N.J.) suffered the loss in 2-2/3 innings pitched. He allowed nine runs, six earned, on six hits and three walks.
The Hawks have a quick turnaround and head to Newbury tomorrow (Apr. 7) for a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Elms will rest until Tuesday (Arp. 9) when they will travel to Union (N.Y.) for a non-conference matchup.
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