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Kevin Marciano, Doug Milne Key Offensive Barrage in Nightcap to Gain CCC Split at Curry

MILTON, Mass.--Juniors Kevin Marciano and Doug Milne led an 11-hit attack with three apiece as the Western New England University baseball team salvaged a Commonwealth Coast Conference doubleheader at Curry College on Saturday, taking the nightcap 12-3 at D. Forbes Will Field. The visiting Golden Bears lost a tough 1-0 decision in the opener. Western New England stands at 12-14 overall and 9-5 in the CCC while the Colonels are now 14-8 on the season and 6-3 in the conference.

Junior left-hander Tom Mahoney went the distance on the mound for the Golden Bears, improving to a team-best 4-1 record on the season. Mahoney scattered five hits while allowing two earned runs and a walk with two strikeouts.

Beginning the second game, WNE jumped out in the first inning scoring twice. Senior Steve Buckley grounded into a double play, but the bases were loaded and Marciano scampered home for the first run of the game ending the scoreless tie. Sophomore Daniel Morin singled in senior Matt Anziano who advanced to third on the double play and walked in his first at-bat.

Curry came back in the home half of the inning getting one back off the bat of freshman Evan Morris who singled in junior John Arens who reached on an error. After an uneventful second inning the score was 2-1 in favor of the Golden Bears.

In the top half of the third, the bases were loaded, and Morin got hit by a pitch and it drove in Anziano who also got hit with a pitch earlier in the inning. Junior Eduardo Colmenares followed Morin with a fielder's choice which plated Milne who singled himself. Morin and Colmenares would both score unearned on an error and a wild pitch, respectively, making the score 6-1 after two and a half.

The scoring would resume in the bottom of the fourth with junior Phil Perez singling. Freshman Will De La Cruz would later ground out but not before Perez came home scoring for the Colonels. Following De La Cruz, junior Kyle Connors reached on an error and scored sophomore Nick Crivello who doubled to right after Perez. After four full, the score was 6-3.

In the following inning, WNE kept the bats going getting four more runs, three of which came from a double from junior Connor Hayes to right-center. Marciano would later single and bring Hayes home pushing the score to 10-3.

The Golden Bears would get two more runs over the last two innings, one from Milne in the sixth who singled to score Anziano and another from Hayes who grounded out but scored junior Chris Casey pulling WNE ahead 12-3 which would end up being the final score.

The scoring of the first game was opened in the bottom half of the first inning when sophomore Brian Burke singled to right center scoring classmate Alex McLean who walked prior to Burke's at-bat.

That would be the only scoring of the game as it came to a 1-0 final after senior Thomas Fitzpatrick went all seven innings, only letting up five hits and two walks while striking out another two. Junior David Cherry would also go the distance for WNE going six full giving up the lone earned run on three hits while striking out six and allowing only one walk. Despite the loss, he lowered his earned-run average to 1.42 for third place in the CCC.

Marciano had one of five Golden Bear singles.

The Golden Bears are set to host Wentworth Institute of Technology for another CCC doubleheader on Sunday, starting at noon, at Trelease Park. Curry will travel to Endicott College tomorrow for another conference twinbill starting at the same time.

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(Editor's note: Curry Athletics contributed to this game recap.)
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