Posted: Mar 31, 2015
Buckley finished 2-for-3 at the plate, with four runs batted in.
Junior Tom Mahoney got the win and senior Jason Haddy picked up his first career save. Mahoney entered the game in the third inning to relieve sophomore starting pitcher Andrew Mulvey (2 IP, 2 BB, 2 SO), allowing just two unearned runs, a walk and three hits with a season-high-tying five strikeouts in 4-2/3 innings of work. Haddy struck out three, allowed a run and two hits and walked none in the final 2-1/3.
Adding to the WNE offense, juniors Chris Casey, Kevin Marciano, Doug Milne and T.J. Wyrebek had two hits apiece to join Buckley in the 13-hit attack.
Western New England jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first inning when Marciano led off with a base hit up the middle. Wyrebek plated the game's first run with a double down the right field line sending Marciano home for the 1-0 lead.
Buckley added a run in the third when he singled home Wyrebek who started the frame with a base hit. The Golden Bears led 2-0.
In the fifth, WNE saw more offense from Buckley's bat as he connected on his team-leading third home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field to build the lead up to 4-0. He would later drive in his fourth run of the night in the seventh with a sacrifice fly to right as the Golden Bears loaded the bases with nobody out.
Suffolk got two runs back in the bottom half of the seventh as freshman pinch-hitter Greg Speliotis knocked in a pair with a single to center. Western New England would escape the jam, however, as Haddy was summoned in from the bullpen ending the threat with a strikeout with the bases loaded to protect a 5-2 lead at the time.
Both teams scored in the final stanza. Morin slammed a three-run homer to left field, his second on the year, for an 8-2 cushion. Junior Drew Carter had a solo shot for the Rams' third run.
The Golden Bears' next game versus UMass-Boston on Wednesday has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions at Pat Ricci Field at Trelease Park, so they are now scheduled to play Commonwealth Coast Conference foe Eastern Nazarene at 4 p.m. Friday in a doubleheader at Trinity Stadium in Haverhill. Suffolk will play a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Anna Maria College on Thursday afternoon (1:30 p.m.) to be played at the New England Baseball Complex.