QUINCY, Mass. – The Becker College baseball team dropped a pair of games to the Lions of Eastern Nazarene College by scores of 12-6 and 12-8 in a Friday afternoon New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) twinbill.
April 19, 2019
Becker (11-20, 5-7 NECC)
Eastern Nazarene (18-14, 7-5 NECC)
GAME ONE: Eastern Nazarene 12, Becker 6
Eastern Nazarene used a nine-run third inning to push past the Hawks and, in turn, win the first game of the day 12-6.
The Lions were the first to get ahead in the bottom of the first when they scored two runs on a failed pickoff attempt, and a sacrifice fly from Zachary Carmody (Babylon, N.Y.).
Becker took their first lead of the game in the top of the second when they scored three runs on four hits. Back-to-back singles from William Negron (Bronx, N.Y.) and Michael Bianco (Manorville, N.Y.) put runners on first and second. Then, with two outs, Daniel Diaz (Teaneck, N.J.) doubled to left-center, plating Negron for the first Hawk run of the game. The next batter, Coby Hussey (Claremont, N.H.) scored Bianco and Diaz on a single to right field, giving the Hawks a 3-2 advantage at the end of two.
Becker added another run in the top of the third to increase their lead to two (4-2). Negron plated Noah Rivera (New Bedford, Mass.) on a triple to centerfield, after Rivera reached base on a double to left field.
The bottom of the third proved to be the game-changer for the Lions when they scored nine runs on six hits. The Lions' inning featured a singles from Joshua Bombard (Rutland, Mass.) and Anthony Esposito (Mount Royal, N.J.), two doubles from Connor Simpson (Haverhill, Mass.), and a single and triple from Steven Pesce (Harrison, N.Y.). Becker's pitchers walked three batters and hit two in the inning.
The score remained 11-4 for the next two innings.
Becker scored one in the sixth and one in the seventh on RBI from Diaz and Michael McMahon (Canton, Mass.), but it wasn't enough to catch up to the Lions who eventually won 12-6 after scoring one run on an RBI triple from Matthew Urena (Flushing, N.Y.) in the sixth.
- Eastern Nazarene's Brandon Imonti (Tewksbury, Mass.) went the distance and earned his third win of the season, allowing six runs, five earned, on 11 hits. He walked one and struck out five.
- Both Esposito and Pesce went 3-for-3 for the Lions with two RBI each.
- Simpson and Bombard had two hits for the hosts.
- Becker's bats were led by Negron who went 3-for-3 with a triple, two runs, one RBI and one walk.
- Diaz and Hussey each had two hits and a team-high two RBI.
- Becker's starting pitcher Tevon Johnson (New Bedford, Mass.) took his third loss of the season in two innings pitched. He allowed eight runs, six earned, on five hits. He walked five batters in his appearance.
GAME TWO: Eastern Nazarene 12, Becker 8
Similar to the first game, a seven-run fourth inning for the Lions helped push them ahead for good in game two, as Eastern Nazarene prevailed 12-8 despite four runs for the Hawks in the last two innings.
Becker broke through in the top of the first when Tanyon Ventres (Holden, Mass.) hit a two-RBI double to left-center, plating Hussey and Ben Mazzone (Bristol, Conn.) who reached previously on a walk and a double, respectively. Ventres eventually scored on a wild pitch to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead.
Eastern Nazarene didn't respond until the bottom of the second when they plated three on four hits. The Lions began the inning with three consecutive singles from Bombard, Dylan Louviaux (Mohnton, Pa.) and Josue Basilis (Bronx, N.Y.). Bombard scored on Basilis' single, and then Louviaux and Basilis scored on a sacrifice fly from Simpson and an Esposito double, respectively.
The Hawks took back the lead in the third when Negron and Bianco had back-to-back doubles to plate one, setting the score at 4-3.
A seven-run fourth inning pushed the Lions ahead. The seventh inning was highlighted by homers from Esposito and Carmody. The Lions added two more in the fifth, to advance the score to 12-4.
Becker attempted to rally with two runs in the sixth, and two runs in the seventh, but it wasn't enough, as the Lions secured the sweep.
- Eastern Nazarene's Esposito batted 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs and a game-high three RBI.
- Simpson batted 1-for-2 with one run, one RBI and two sacrifice hits.
- Four Lions had two hits each.
- Eastern Nazarene's Briely Seiter (Bellevue, Ky.) took the win on the mound as he allowed five runs on six hits.
- Becker's Negron was once again the batting leader as he went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs in game two.
- Bianco went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI.
- Ventres also put up two RBI for the Hawks. He took the loss on the mound, going 3-1/3 innings. He allowed nine runs, seven earned, on 11 hits. He walked two and struck out two.
The Hawks will entertain Worcester State in a Tuesday (Apr. 23) afternoon matchup, beginning at 4 p.m., at Rochdale Park.
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