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Bats Come Alive as the Golden Bears Sweep Visiting Nichols College, 13-1 and 9-6

Bats Come Alive as the Golden Bears Sweep Visiting Nichols College, 13-1 and 9-6
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Western New England may not have been the home team on the scoreboard in Saturday's Commonwealth Coast Conference baseball doubleheader against Nichols, but the Golden Bears certainly were in their friendly confines of their home facility on Pat Ricci Field at Trelease Park. Western New England's offense pounded out 20 hits to produce 22 runs to sweep the Bison, 13-1 and 9-6, to improve to 8-10 on the season and 5-3 in the CCC. Nichols falls to 1-8 overall and 0-4 in the conference.

The teams were originally scheduled to play in Dudley this afternoon, but due to the Bison's home field experiencing unplayable conditions the site got switched to Western New England. As a result, the Golden Bears were the designated "visiting" team.

In the opener, senior Matt Anziano, and juniors Scott Hubener, Kevin Marciano led a 12-hit WNE attack with two apiece. Junior Doug Milne and sophomore Kyle Maglio both had three runs batted in. Hubener had two RBI.

Junior David Cherry pitched six innings, allowing just one run--which was unearned--and he fanned six batters. Cherry surrendered only four hits as he improves his record to 2-2 and lowers his earned-run average to 1.45 for third in the CCC.

The Golden Bears got on the board early in the second inning, when Hubener singled and drove in sophomore Daniel Morin—who scored twice in the contest. Maglio followed Hubener with a single, which scored two runs and gave the Golden Bears a 3-1 lead.

The second inning rally didn't stop there as Marciano—who scored three runs—singled, followed by a two-run base hit by Milne. Milne's single extended the lead to 5-1.

Western New England's rout of Nichols continued in the fourth inning, as it extended the lead to 7-1. Milne hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Marciano. Then, senior Steve Buckley lined a single to left field, which scored junior T.J. Wyrebek.
The game was put completely out of reach in the top of the seventh, when the Golden Bears strung together four hits to push four runs across. Junior Brett Morgan led the inning off with a single, and Anziano scored him on a triple to left-center.

With the bases loaded, freshman Steve Rivela singled to right-center, scoring two runners, and giving the Golden Bears a 13-1 lead.

Freshman Chris Howell pitched a scoreless seventh, not allowing any base runners—shutting down the Bison's offense and securing the victory.

Nichols' second baseman Cam Cook picked up two hits, and Spencer Madden and Joseph Nicolace each recorded one. Mike Piekarczyk had a RBI-groundout to give the Bison a 1-0 advantage after the opening stanza.

The Bison stranded nine runners on base throughout the duration of the game.

Buckley (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Morin (2-for-4) combined for four of the Golden Bears' eight hits in the nightcap. Junior Matt Calzone knocked in three runs with a single and a sacrifice fly. Junior Tom Mahoney paved the way for the second victory of the day, holding the Bison to two runs on five hits in five innings of work.

The Golden Bears followed their first game strategy and got on the scoreboard in bunches early, putting together five runs on four hits in the first inning. With two men on, Buckley delivered a double to deep left field—putting the Golden Bears up 2-0. A single and a fielder's choice gave the Golden Bears two base runners for Calzone who poked a single through the left side of the infield, scoring both runners, and putting the Golden Bears up by four. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Calzone scored on a single by Hubener, as the lead was pushed to 5-0.

Nichols scored twice in the fifth inning, but ran itself out of the inning after trying to steal second with two outs.

The Golden Bears retaliated in the sixth when Maglio hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Rivela, but in the bottom of the inning, the Bison cut the deficit to three runs, 7-4.

The Golden Bears will be on the road next, playing a doubleheader tomorrow against defending CCC champion Endicott. The first-pitch is at noon.

Matt Fedor
April 3, 2015 Matt Fedor