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Western New England Sweeps Wentworth in a CCC Doubleheader at Home, 4-3 and 6-4

Western New England Sweeps Wentworth in a CCC Doubleheader at Home, 4-3 and 6-4
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Western New England swept a Commonwealth Coast Conference baseball doubleheader from visiting Wentworth on Sunday on Pat Ricci Field at Trelease Park, winning the first game 4-3 and taking the nightcap 6-4. The Golden Bears even their overall record at 14-14 and finish 11-5 in the CCC standings, which currently is good for second place. The Leopards fall to 13-12 overall and 5-7 in the CCC.

Junior T.J. Wyrebek delivered a tie-breaking bloop single in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift the Golden Bears to the one-run triumph to open the twinbill.

In the decisive sixth, Wentworth scored twice to tie the contest 3-3. Jordan Burst hit a RBI-double to the right-center gap to plate Jake Mailman after he had a one-out triple to the same part of the outfield. Two batters later, Scott Ouellette doubled to right-center to bring home Burst. But WNE responded in its half by reclaiming the lead for good as junior Eduardo Colmenares reached with a triple to the right center fence. Then freshman Nick Lambert scored as a pinch-runner for Colmenares after Wyrebek hit the pitch into shallow right-center field with the infield drawn in to attempt to cut down the go-ahead run at the plate.

Junior Matt Fedor got the win in relief, working 1-1/3 scoreless innings. Fedor allowed two hits and he had three strikeouts without issuing a walk.

Western New England took a 3-1 lead in the third as senior Steve Buckley hit a single off the left field fence to score classmate Matt Anziano and Colmenares had a RBI-single through the left side to bring in junior Doug Milne.

The teams traded runs in the first inning. Wentworth took a 1-0 lead on a Burst RBI-single to right field and WNE tied it on a wall-ball RBI-double by Buckley to center.

Buckley finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs batted in. Colmenares also had two hits for the Golden Bears, who also got single from Milne who also scored twice.

Burst had two of the Leopards' eight hits, plus two RBI. Bram Grooten chipped in two hits and Mailman also had two with a double and triple.

Anziano and Milne led WNE's offense with two hits apiece in the second contest.

Wentworth outhit the Golden Bears 12 to 6 as five Leopards had two hits each, including Sam McManus (2 RBI), Jimmy Temte (1 RBI), Tyler Weninger (2 walks), Scott Ouellette (1 RBI) and Mailman.

Western New England took a 1-0 lead on RBI-fielder's choice by junior Scott Hubener in the second inning.

The Golden Bears got some insurance runs with two each in the third and fifth. It began with Buckley hitting a sacrifice fly to fight field and a RBI-single through the left side by sophomore Daniel Morin. Then later on, Milne scored on a passed ball and Colmenares hit a sacrifice fly to center for a 5-1 lead.

After the teams traded runs in the sixth, the Leopards mounted a comeback in the seventh. With one out, Mailman singled to left field and advanced to second on a Burst single to the shortstop. After Weninger walked to load the bases, Ouellette singled home Mailman to cut the deficit to 6-2. McManus, the next batter, singled to center to bring in two runs and the Leopards closed to 6-4.

Facing three runs already in on four hits and with runners at first and second base, Fedor got Temte to ground into a 6-4-3 game-ending double play. Fedor picked up his conference-leading sixth save of the season.

Western New England is scheduled to travel to Keene, N.H., on Monday (3:30 p.m.) to play Keene State College. The teams were originally supposed to play on the eighth earlier this month.

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