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Western New England Dealt a CCC Baseball Doubleheader Sweep at Roger Williams

Western New England Dealt a CCC Baseball Doubleheader Sweep at Roger Williams
BRISTOL, R.I.--Since it joined the Commonwealth Coast Conference for the start of the 2007-08 academic year, Western New England University had never been swept in a conference doubleheader on the baseball field. Until today.

Host Roger Williams University swept the Golden Bears on Saturday by close scores, 2-0 in the first game and 4-3 in nine innings in the nightcap. The Hawks remain in sole possession of first place in the CCC standings at 16-6 overall and 8-0 in the conference, while WNE now stands at 7-9 and 3-2.

Sophomore Kevin Marciano led the Golden Bears' offense this afternoon by going 3-for-7 with a run batted in.

In the first game, starter Sean Boyle (5-0) and Tyler Pogmore combined on a three-hit shutout to stump the WNE offense. Boyle got the win after allowing three hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 6-1/3 innings. Pogmore retired the last two batters on a groundout and strikeout to end the game, earning his seventh save of the season.

Fifth-year senior Mike Lospinuso pitched well enough to win but was tagged with his second loss in four decisions. He went the distance scattering six hits and he allowed one earned run as well as a walk.

Sophomores Scott Hubener and Marciano, as well as junior Steve Buckley, each had a single for WNE. Caulin Rogers had two of RWU's six hits.

Roger Williams got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning with a run-scoring single up the middle by Chris Travers. The Hawks got an insurance run in the fourth when Kevin Baker singled to right field to bring home Mike Thomas.

Western New England had a golden opportunity to earn a split in the second contest but couldn't hold on to a 3-1 lead in the seventh, so RWU went on to win in extra innings. Reid Nelson (3-for-4) led off the seventh with a double and an RBI triple for Shawn Cariglio (2-for-3) sparked the momentum. After a walk prompted a pitching change for the Golden Bears, an error in the infield scored the tying run for the Hawks.

Both teams were unable to capitalize on some good offense in the eighth inning, leaving runners stranded in scoring position.

The Hawks had the winning run cross the plate in the ninth after Trevor Larson walked and Mike Pascarella reached base when he was hit by a pitch. Jamie Timothy (2-for-5) laced a single to center that scored Larson for the walk-off.

Senior co-captains Jeff Schult and Steve Ambrosino, and sophomores Chris Casey and Marciano, had two hits apiece for the Golden Bears, who left eight runners on base.

Western New England will have to regroup in a hurry because defending CCC champion and nationally-ranked Endicott College invades WNE's Pat Ricci Field at Trelease Park for a home doubleheader on Sunday, beginning at noon.