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Golden Bears Crush Bridgewater State with Season-High 20-Hit Attack, 14-4

Golden Bears Crush Bridgewater State with Season-High 20-Hit Attack, 14-4
BRIDGEWATER, Mass.--Senior Steve Buckley went 4-for-4, including a double, with two runs batted in to help key a 20-hit Western New England attack as the Golden Bears routed host Bridgewater State, 14-4, in a non-conference baseball game at Alumni Park on Friday. Western New England evens its season record to 15-15 while the Bears drop to 7-19.

Junior Eduardo Colmenares added three hits and a career-high five RBI for the Golden Bears, who broke their previous best of 17 hits this spring at Westfield State on April 15.
Classmates Matt Calzone, Kevin Marciano, Doug Milne, and sophomore Daniel Morin chipped in two hits apiece.

Travis Ritchie led the BSU batsmen with two hits in five at-bats. Ritchie doubled, scored two runs and drove in one. Nick White also went 2-for-5 at the dish with a double, while Billy Mitchell came off the bench to go 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs.

Junior David Cherry worked the first six innings to record his third win of the season on the mound for WNE. Cherry (3-3) allowed three runs on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Freshman Spencer Bassett worked two scoreless innings of relief giving up just a walk with a pair of strikeouts to close the contest.

Western New England, which never trailed, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the very first inning. Marciano led the game off with a single up the middle and advanced to third base on single to right center by senior Matt Anziano. One out later, Buckley hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Marciano. After Morin walked to move Anziano up to second, Colmenares hit a single off the shortstop's glove to plate Anziano.

Bridgewater was able to get a run back in its opening half inning as Keaghan Austin grounded out to second base for the first of his two RBI on the afternoon.

The Golden Bears scored two insurance runs on another three-hit frame in the third. The first three batters--Milne, Buckley, Morin--singled and Buckley eventually scored on a double play. Milne had the other run as he was driven in by Morin's single through the left side. The Golden Bears led 4-1.

Western New England broke the game open with six runs in the fourth to take a commanding 10-1 advantage. Colmenares' double down the left field line to drive in two runs highlighted the inning.

The Golden Bears host RPI in a non-conference doubleheader at Trelease Park on Saturday starting at noon. In between games, WNE's senior class will be recognized for their contributions to the baseball program on and off the field.

The Bears travel to Framingham State on Saturday for a 2 p.m. MASCAC doubleheader with the Rams. Bridgewater clinches a spot in next week's MASCAC Tournament with a sweep of the twinbill.

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(Editor's note: Bridgewater State Athletics contributed to this game recap.)
Matt Fedor
April 3, 2015 Matt Fedor