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St. Joseph's (Maine) edges Western New England College in NCAA Division III Tournament

St. Joseph's (Maine) edges Western New England College in NCAA Division III Tournament

Box Score

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - St. Joseph's (Maine) scored three runs in the third inning and held on for a 3-2 victory over Western New England College Friday afternoon (May 21) in an elimination game of the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship.

The seventh-seeded Monks advance to meet second-seeded Wheaton later tonight.

The third-seeded Golden Bears took a 1-0 lead in the first when junior designated hitter Ryan Dudzinski (Bristol, CT) led off with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored when senior first baseman Joe Griglun (Southington, CT) grounded into a double play.

SJC did all its scoring with two outs in the third with junior right fielder Todd Keneborus (Hollis Center, ME) driving in the first run on a single. Senior first baseman Ben Grant-Roy (Biddeford, ME) then had an RBI double and senior designated hitter Pat Moran (Winterport, ME) a run-scoring single.

Junior pitcher Evan Michaud (Windsor Locks, CT) then retired 14 of the next 16 batters to keep the Golden Bears in the game. Pitching for the first time since May 1, Michaud (4-4) turned in a terrific performance in seven-and-two-third innings allowing only seven hits and five strikeouts and three walks. 

WNEC cut the margin to one when senior shortstop Justin Walz (Groton, CT) singled home Dudzinski who led off the inning with a stolen base (his 30th of the season) and moved to third on a throwing error.

Junior third baseman Tony Trubia (Tolland, CT) singled before junior Mason Roberge (Franklin, NH) came in relief and got junior catcher Jason Leclerc (Chicopee, MA) to ground into a double play, one of five turned in by the Monks.

Roberge earned his second save by going three-and-two-third innings giving up just two hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Senior Andrew Keirstead (Westbrook, ME) went five-and-a-third innings to even his record at 2-2. He gave up seven hits and walked two.

Keneborus reached base four times with three singles and a walk.

Dudzinksi, Walz, Trubia, and freshman second baseman Mike Rubino (Northford, CT) each collected a pair of hits.

Western New England College ends another successful season with a 34-12 record.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Eastern Connecticut State University Stadium, Mansfield, Conn.
Game 1 - #4 seed Eastern Connecticut 10, #5 Worcester State 4
Game 2 - #1 Tufts 12, #8 St. Joseph's, Maine 3
Game 3 - #3 Western New England College 10, #6 Westfield State 3
Game 4 - #7 UMass Boston 12, #2 Wheaton 3

Thursday, May 20, 2010
Eastern Connecticut State University Stadium, Mansfield, Conn.
Game 5 - St. Joseph's, Maine 5, Worcester State 4 (12 inn.)
Game 6 - Wheaton 9, Westfield State 5
Game 7 - Tufts 3, Eastern Connecticut 0
Game 8 - UMass Boston 6, Western New England College 4

Friday, May 21, 2010
Game 9 - Wheaton 9, Eastern Connecticut 4
Game 10 - St. Joseph's, Maine 3, Western New England College 2
Game 11 - UMass Boston 3, Tufts 2
Game 12 - St. Joseph's, Maine 9, Wheaton 7

Saturday, May 22, 2010
Game 13 - Tufts 6, St. Joseph's, Maine 5
Game 14 - UMass Boston 12, Tufts 6

The UMass Boston Beacons will advance to the 35th Annual NCAA Division III Championship series Friday-Tuesday (May 28-June 1) at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.