LEICESTER, Mass. – After falling to New England College (NEC) 17-2 in game one of the doubleheader, Becker's sophomore shortstop Coby Hussey (Claremont, N.H.) hit a walk-off single to in game two to give the Hawks a 3-2 win as the Hawks finished the day with a split with the Pilgrims in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) opener.
March 30, 2019
Records: Becker (7-10, 1-1 NECC) | NEC (12-6, 1-1 NECC)
GAME ONE: NEC 17, Becker 2
New England College took game one as they scored 17 runs on 10 hits and seven Becker errors.
Following a no-score first inning, the Pilgrims scored three in the second that featured a two-RBI triple from Christian Aybar (Pawtucket, R.I.). Becker scored one in the reverse side on an error to set the score at 3-1 heading into the top of the third.
New England College tacked on four runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth to take a 12-1 command. The fourth inning was highlighted by a two-RBI single from Evan Delany (Hadley, Mass.), and the fifth featured RBI from Luis Atiles (Roxbury, Mass.) and Conner Morin (North Andover, Mass.).
Becker scored their second run of the game in the reverse side of the inning on an RBI double from Will Negron (Bronx, N.Y.), making it a 12-2 game.
NEC continued to score and put on three in the sixth and two in the seventh on a two-run homer from Delaney to finalize the game one score at 17-2.
- NEC's Atiles went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs, two RBI and a walk.
- Delaney batted 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI.
- Aybar batted in a game-high four RBI. He also scored two runs and walked once.
- The Pilgrims' pitching staff of Stanley Vargas (six innings, three hits, two runs, one earned, four walks, four strikeouts) and Colby Howe (one inning, one hit, one walk, one strikeout) held the Hawks to just four hits.
- Both Hussey and Tanyon Ventres (Holden, Mass.) went 1-for-2 in game one.
- Ventres was tabbed with the loss on the mound, in 3-2/3 innings pitched. He allowed seven runs, three earned, on four hits. He walked five batters and struck out two.
GAME TWO: Becker 3, NEC 2
After trailing 2-1 at the end of the third inning, Becker's relief pitcher Daniel Diaz (Teaneck, N.J.) held off the Pilgrims for the ensuing four innings, only allowing one hit in his appearance. The Hawks headed into the bottom of the seventh behind by one.
In the bottom of the seventh, Becker's Michael Bianco (Manorville, N.Y.) reached base on a fielding error. Bianco's pinch runner Mel Gonzalez (Worcester, Mass.) advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then, with two outs on the board, Kevin Santiago (New Bedford, Mass.) came through with a single through the left side to plate the game-tying run, Gonzalez. Santiago got in scoring position with a stolen base, and then Ben Mazzone (Bristol, Conn.) reached base on a walk. Next, Hussey came up to bat and hit the walk-off to left field, plating Santiago for the game-winning run.
Becker was the first to take the lead in the game in the bottom of the first on an RBI double from Noah Rivera (New Bedford, Mass.). NEC's two runs came in the second and third innings on a Clifford Guerrero (Boston, Mass.) walk and a Delaney sacrifice fly.
- Becker's Hussey batted 2-for-4 with a double, one run and the game-winning RBI.
- Rivera, Bianco, and Santiago accounted for the other four Becker hits.
- Diaz pitched four innings and only allowed the visitors one hit. He walked four and struck out two.
- NEC's hits came from Atiles, Xavier Nunez (Lawrence, Mass.) and Jameson Carey (Amherst, Mass.).
- Carey suffered the loss in 6 2/3 innings pitched. He allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits and struck out nine batters.
The Hawks are home on three occasions next week. Becker will host Curry and Springfield on Tuesday (Apr. 2) and Wednesday (Apr. 3), respectively, and resume to conference play on Saturday (Arp. 6), hosting Elms in a doubleheader starting at 12 noon. The Pilgrims return home on Tuesday (Apr. 2) and will entertain Colby-Sawyer in a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game.
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