BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Becker College baseball team used a seven-run seventh inning to claim game one 12-9, and then defeated the Mountaineers of Southern Vermont by a score of 11-5 in game two to complete the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) sweep Saturday afternoon.
April 13, 2019
Bill Epstein Field
Records: Becker (11-16, 5-3 NECC) | Southern Vermont (6-14-1, 1-7 NECC)
GAME ONE: Becker 12, Southern Vermont 9
The Hawks scored seven runs in the seventh inning to hike past the Mountaineers, takinggame one by a score of 12-9.
Becker took the first lead of the game in the top of the first. Coby Hussey (Claremont, N.H.) led off the game with a double, and eventually scored on an RBI single from Evan Barrera (West Warwick, R.I.).
The Hawks held the lead until Southern Vermont matched it in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly from Cody Sullivan (Brunswick, N.Y).
Becker once again took a slight lead in the top of the fourth. Becker loaded the bases on singles from Barrera and Noah Rivera (New Bedford, Mass.) and a walk for Will Negron (Bronx, N.Y.). Ben Mazzone (Bristol, Conn.) earned the RBI on a walk to put the Hawks up 2-1.
However, a seven-run fifth inning for the Mountaineers gave Southern Vermont an 8-2 lead. The seven runs were scored in an inning that featured four hits, three hit-by-pitches, two walks, a double-steal and a passed ball.
Becker scored three in the top of the sixth on a two-RBI double from Michael Bianco (Manorville, N.Y.) and an RBI single from Daniel Diaz (Teaneck, N.J.), but Southern Vermont scored one on an RBI walk to set the score at 9-5, in favor of the Mountaineers, heading into the seventh.
The Hawks' seven-run seventh inning proved to be the game winner as they batted off eight hits and one error helped a run cross the plate. The inning featured doubles from Tanyon Ventres (Holden, Mass.), Rivera, Mazzone, Bianco and singles from Barrera (2), Michael McMahon (Canton, Mass.) and Ventres.
Ventres then came in to pitch relief and earn the save in the bottom of the seventh. He struck out the first two batters then Nick Guajardo (Mansfield, Texas) reached on an error. The game ended with a groundout to shortstop.
- The Mountaineers were held to just six hits which were scattered amongst six batters.
- Tevon Johnson (New Bedford, Mass.) started and went 4-1/3 innings for the Hawks. He allowed six runs on three hits. He struck out six and walked six in his appearance.
- Devin Marcella (Torrington, Conn.) earned his first career win on the mound. He pitched one inning and allowed one run on one hit.
- Ventres earned the save as he closed out the bottom of the seventh with two strikeouts and a groundout. Offensively, he went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.
- Barrera batted 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.
- Hussey and Mazzone also reached base four times. Hussey went 1-for-2 from the plate with three walks. Mazzone went 3-for-3 with one run, one RBI and a walk.
- The Hawks had a season-high 12 RBI which were led by Bianco, who went 2-for-4 from the dish with two runs and a game-high three RBI.
- Rivera batted 2-for-5 with one run and two RBI.
GAME TWO: Becker 11, Southern Vermont 5
An eight-run fourth inning put the Hawks ahead for good in game two, as Becker prevailed 11-5 for the conference sweep.
Ventres went the distance and earned the win, allowing five runs, three earned, on nine hits. He walked three and struck out four.
The game-changing fourth inning was highlighted by doubles from Hussey, Rivera and Bianco, along with singles from Ventres and Negron. Two runs scored on Rivera's double, and two scored on Bianco's double. Ventres, Negron, and Hussey accounted for the other three RBI in that inning.
The Mountaineers scored four runs on four hits and one Becker error in the reverse side of the fourth. The inning featured an RBI triple from Brandon Lara-Mack (San Gabriel, Calif.), to set the score at 8-4.
Becker added three more runs in the top of the sixth inning on a two-RBI McMahon double, and an RBI single from Rivera to advance their lead to seven (11-4).
Southern Vermont scored one more in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single from Guajardo, but Becker sealed the win as the ensuing batter flew out to centerfield for the final out.
- Each team had nine hits in game two.
- Becker's offense was led by Rivera who went 2-for-4 with one run and a game-high four RBI.
- Ventres, the winning pitcher, went 2-for-3 with a walk, one run and an RBI offensively.
- Negron batted 1-for-2 with two runs, one RBI and a walk.
- McMahon and Bianco each had two RBI apiece.
- The Mountaineers' offense was led by Guajardo who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, one run and one RBI.
- Ryan Serrato (Whittier, Calif.) had two hits for Southern Vermont.
- Joe Braim (Saratoga, N.Y.) suffered his second loss of the day in three innings pitched.
The Hawks return to Rochdale Park tomorrow (Apr. 14) and will host NECC opponent, Mitchell College, in a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m.
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