Posted: May 04, 2014
(This page was updated Sunday at 9:24 p.m.)
BEVERLY, Mass.--Sophomore Doug Milne drove in a team season- and career-high six runs as Western New England University outlasted Roger Williams University, 12-10, on Sunday at North Field on the Endicott College campus to eliminate the second-seeded Hawks (24-16 overall) from the 2014 Commonwealth Coast Conference Baseball Championship Tournament.
The third-seeded Golden Bears (19-19-1 overall) advance to Monday's title game against defending CCC champion and top-seed Endicott, starting at 3 p.m. If the Golden Bears win, the teams will meet again at 6 p.m. later in the day, with a berth to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship on the line.
It was sweet revenge for Western New England to end the CCC hopes of Roger Williams, which swept a doubleheader from the Golden Bears during the regular season.
Milne led a 14-hit attack against the Hawks by going 3-for-5, including a pair of doubles to left field that scored two runs in each the first and fourth innings. Junior Steve Buckley went 3-for-3, including a RBI-double, scored four runs and walked twice. Senior co-captain Steve Ambrosino added a double and triple and he scored four times, too.
Western New England, which did not trail versus Roger Williams, struck quickly with three runs in the top of the first inning. After an out, sophomore T.J. Wyrebek had a single to third base, Ambrosino doubled to the gap in right-center field and Buckley walked to set up Milne's first double. Senior co-captain Jeff Schult followed with a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Buckley from third.
Roger Williams closed within 3-2 in the second inning when Shawn Cariglio belted a two-run blast over the fence in right center.
After the teams traded a single run in the third, the Golden Bears doubled their lead to 6-3 in the next stanza. Wyrebek singled and advanced to second base on a groundout before Buckley was intentionally walked. With two outs, Milne then connected for his second double to plate Wyrebek and Buckley.
Buckley gave WNE a 7-3 lead in the sixth with a sacrifice fly to center before the Hawks scored three runs--capped by Kevin Baker's two-run homer to left-center--in the bottom of the inning.
The Golden Bears put up another crooked number of four runs in the seventh to build an 11-6 lead. Sophomore Kevin Marciano had a sacrifice fly to right field, Milne drew a bases loaded walk and Schult delivered a key two-run single to left field.
Chris Travers had a RBI-single in the seventh to cut RWU's deficit to 11-7 before Milne restored the Golden Bears' four-run lead with a RBI-groundout in the ninth.
Roger Williams threatened with three runs on four hits in its last at-bat to give WNE a scare, but sophomore Tom Mahoney was able to complete his first career save by getting pinch-hitter Adam Risman to ground out to first base with a runner stranded at third. Before that, Travers had a RBI-double, Joe Hock made a RBI-single and Mike Thomas scored on a throwing error.
Mahoney worked the final 3-2/3 innings while scattering eight hits and allowing four runs (2 earned). Senior starting pitcher Ryan Skelly (3-0) got the win in 5-1/3 innings.
Jaime Timothy had four of the Hawks' 19 hits, followed by Cariglio with three and five other teammates registered two apiece.
Earlier this morning, the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the host Gulls needed to score five runs to break open a close game on the way to a 9-3 victory Sunday over WNE in Game 7 of the CCC Tournament.
The Golden Bears took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when was Schult hit by a pitch to leadoff, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, went to third on a single by junior Matt Anziano, and would score on another wild pitch.
Endicott, however, responded with two runs of its own in the bottom half on back-to-back RBI-singles by Chase Sullivan and Cody Hall.
Leading 2-1, the Gulls got five insurance runs on six hits in the fifth while sending 10 batters to the plate. Tad Gold started the rally with a two-run double to left-center field.
Western New England scratched single runs in the sixth and seventh frames to pull within 8-3. Milne scored on a throwing error in the sixth, and Ambrosino homered to left field for his first of the season in the next inning.
Pinch-hitter Chris Casey, freshman Daniel Morin and Milne also had hits for Western New England, which saw a five-game winning streak come to an end.
Matthew Paola, EJ Martinez and Gold led the Gulls' 17-hit attack with three apiece as all three players also had two runs batted in; Martinez had three doubles.
Davarn Nova (3-2) got the win in relief, pitching the final 7-2/3 innings. He allowed two runs (1 earned), four hits and two walks with three strikeouts.