Posted: Apr 12, 2014
The afternoon marked WNE's "Play for a Cause" game in support of autism awareness and research. The community service initiative included public address announcements and the team collected money to donate to "Radcliffe is the Reason and Arthur, too, Fight for Autism," a local charity that assists autism programs.
Buckley led the team with two hits as WNE outhit the Colonels 8-6 in the opener. For Curry, Philip Perez had two and Tanner Givens added a double.
Trailing 3-1 going into their last at-bats in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Golden Bears scored three times on one hit and two walks while taking advantage of two costly Curry errors to rally for a thrilling win. Pinch-hitter Doug Milne drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second base when freshman Kyle Maglio reached on a fielding error. Sophomore Scott Hubener followed with a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher and then Kevin Marciano reached on a throwing error, scoring Milne from third and Maglio from second.
With the contest tied 3-3, Marciano--who had gone to second on the throwing error--advanced to third on a wild pitch. After two consecutive walks to load the bases, Buckley stepped up to the plate and delivered the game-winning hit through the left side to bring Marciano home.
Sophomore Tom Mahoney earned the win in relief, throwing a scoreless seventh. Senior starter Brendan Nugent pitched solidly through six innings, allowing five hits, three unearned runs and two walks. Nugent also struck out a WNE season-high 10 strikeouts to take over the conference lead with 47 over 34 innings for an impressive 12.44 per 9 innings.
Things seemed bleak for WNE when the Colonels forged a 3-1 advantage in its top half of the seventh, capitalizing on a couple Golden Bears miscues. Matt Warren capped the three-run frame with single to center field to plate two teammates.
After the teams played four scoreless innings, WNE broke through for the first run in the fifth. With two outs, Hubener had a RBI-double as the center fielder made a diving stab at the sinking fly ball to bring home senior Taylor Searles, who had reached on a fielder's choice.
Breton struck out seven and walked two while scattering seven hits in going the distance, improving his record to 3-1.
Freshman Daniel Morin led the WNE offense with two hits in the nightcap, including a run-scoring single to right field that knotted the score at 1-1 in the fourth.
Western New England got the go-ahead run in the next inning as senior co-captain Steve Ambrosino was credited with a run batted in when he ground out to third base, bringing home Hubener. Hubener had led off with a single through the right side and eventually advanced to third on a stolen base.
Curry outhit WNE by a 7 to 5 margin led by John Arens and Derek Pizarro with two singles apiece.
The Colonels took a 1-0 lead in the third on a Warren single to center field.
Western New England is back in action at 1 p.m. Sunday against CCC opponent Wentworth in a doubleheader played at Gordon College in Wenham.