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Eduardo Colmenares Goes 3-for-4 with Three Runs Batted in CCC Openers Versus Gordon

BEVERLY, Mass.--Junior Eduardo Colmenares went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and two runs scored as the Western New England University baseball team made its Commonwealth Coast Conference debut on Monday, but the Golden Bears fell 8-5 and 7-3 in a doubleheader to Gordon College at Endicott College's home field. Western New England falls to 2-8 overall and 0-2 in the conference, while the Fighting Scots improve to 4-8 on the season and 2-0 in the CCC.

In his first CCC game, Colmenares had two hits in two at-bats off the bench, including a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the fourth inning to bring the Golden Bears within 6-4. Classmate Doug Milne, who also went 2-for-2 in the contest, plated Colmenares to make it 6-5.

Gordon, however, got two insurance runs in the fifth on RBI-doubles from Dean Demers and Jeremy Jackson to account for the final three-run margin.

Western New England cranked out 12 hits. Besides Colmenares and Milne, senior Steve Buckley and juniors Matt Calzone, Kevin Marciano also had two hits each.

Jackson led Gordon's 13-hit attack with three, including a triple to add to his double. Alonzo Martinez, Eric Walker and Addison Tarr chipped in two hits apiece.

In the nightcap, Travis Pullen hit his second home run of the afternoon, this one a grand slam down the left field line to snap a 3-3 deadlock in the top of the seventh to give the Fighting Scots the sweep.

Western New England had taken leads of 1-0 in the second and 2-1 in the fourth. Buckley homered to left center--his second this season and the 11th of his career--as WNE drew first blood. Junior Scott Hubener then drove in a run with a fielder's choice.

The Golden Bears tied it 3-all in the sixth frame as freshman pinch-hitter Steve Rivela delivered a RBI-single to score Brett Morgan from third base. Morgan had reached on a fielding error, took second base on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a groundout.

Sophomore Daniel Morin led WNE with two hits. Mark Fitzgerald and Jesse Amaya both had three hits to pace Gordon, which beat the Golden Bears for only the first time since the 2009 campaign.

Western New England steps out of conference play at 7 p.m. Tuesday to meet Suffolk at New England Baseball Complex in Northborough. The game had originally been published as a 3:30 p.m. first-pitch.

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