AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Becker College's Bryan Mendez (Ocala, Fla.) hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the seventh in game number two of the doubleheader to help the Hawks a split in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) twinbill against the Blazers of Elms College Friday evening.
March 6, 2020
Lake Myrtle Field #4
Records: Becker (1-3, 1-1 NECC) | Elms (3-1, 1-1 NECC)
GAME ONE: Elms 7, Becker 1
Elms' Kevin Banas (Hatfield, Mass.) earned his second win of the season, giving up just one Hawk run on six hits. He struck out eight batters in the complete-game.
Each team scored one run in the first inning, as Elms' Tyler Galenski (Wilbraham, Mass.) and Becker's Noah Rivera (New Bedford, Mass.) each hit RBI doubles.
Elms took back the lead in the top of the fourth on a two-run single from Jake Slahtosky (South Windsor, Conn.), plating Austin Roy (Cromwell, Conn.) and Kyle Powell (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) for the 4-2 advantage.
Josh Keaton (Northbridge, Mass.) added another run on a solo shot over the left field fence in the top of the sixth.
Three more Blazers runs were tacked on in the seventh inning on an RBI single from Roy, an RBI walk, and an RBI hit-by-pitch.
- Galenski and Roy each had two hits for the Blazers, while Keaton and Powell each recorded two runs for Elms.
- Slahtosky led Elms with a game-high three RBI.
- Ross Audet (Swansea, Mass.), Coby Hussey (Claremont, N.H.), Rivera, Michael McMahon (Canton, Mass.), Mendez, and Jose Martinez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) recorded the six hits for Becker.
- Rookie pitcher, Joey Rego (Rumford, R.I.) took the loss in a five-inning performance. He allowed four runs on five hits, striking out four at the plate. Sean Flynn (Woonsocket, R.I.) pitched two innings of relief, and allowed three runs on two hits. He struck out two batters in his first collegiate appearance.
GAME TWO: Becker 6, Elms 5
The Hawks trailed 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. Kevin Santiago (New Bedford, Mass.) led off the inning with a single to right field. Elms just needed one more out following back-to-back strikeouts from Damon Wesley (Springfield, Mass.), however, Becker rallied. The Hawks' tying runner, Audet, reached base on balls to put runners on first and second. Next up, Hussey singled through the left side to score Santiago. Next, Rivera came through with a double down the left field line to knot the score at 5-5. With runners on second and third, Mendez came up to bat and won the game with an RBI single up the middle, plating Hussey for the win.
Becker had the first lead of the game with two runs in the first on three hits and one error. Audet scored on a wild pitch, and then McMahon hit an RBI single. Elms came back with two runs in the top of the fourth on a two-run single from Will Kennedy (Holyoke, Mass.). The Hawks took the lead back in the flip side of the inning on an RBI single from Audet.
It wasn't until the top of the sixth that the Blazers took the lead back on a two-RBI single from Galenski. Elms added another run on a balk, advancing the score to 5-3. The rally in the bottom of the seventh, resulted in the split for the Hawks.
- The Hawks registered a season-best twelve hits in the win, as Audet, Hussey, Rivera, and McMahon each had two hits in game two.
- Santigao and Andrew Bumpus (Carver, Mass.) each swiped a base from the Blazers.
- Becker's Omar Garrido (Providence, R.I.) earned his first collegiate win on the mound in 1.1 innings pitched. He did not allow a hit in four batters faced.
- Hawks' starting pitcher Tevon Johnson (New Bedford, Mass.) went 5.2 innings and gave up five runs on five hits. He struck out four batters while on the mound.
- Elms' five hits were scattered amongst five players. Galenski and Kennedy had two RBI apiece.
- The Blazers' Wesley took the loss on the mound in 1.2 innings pitched, allowing three runs on five hits.
The Hawks will travel to Chain of Lakes in Winter Haven, Fla. tomorrow, and will face Colby-Sawyer College in a doubleheader, starting at 9:30 a.m. Elms returns to Lake Myrtle for a pair of games against Mount Saint Joseph, also starting at 9:30 a.m.
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