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Western New England Gains Split with Rensselaer on Senior Day, Wins Nightcap 7-3

Western New England Gains Split with Rensselaer on Senior Day, Wins Nightcap 7-3
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Matt Anziano celebrated Senior Day with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate during a 7-3 victory in the second game, helping Western New England salvage a split of its non-conference baseball doubleheader against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (17-13 overall) on Saturday at Pat Ricci Field at Trelease Park. The visiting Engineers held on to a 5-4 win in the opener.

In between the games, the WNE coaching staff honored the Golden Bears six-member senior class of Anziano, Trevor Breton, Steve Buckley, Jason Haddy, Brian Mazella and Nick Salerno for their contributions to the program on and off the field.

Anziano added two runs batted in and scored as well to help back a solid pitching performance by junior Tom Mahoney, who improved to a staff-best 5-1. Mahoney scattered seven hits over 6.1 innings, allowing three runs (2 earned) and a walk. He also had five strikeouts. Classmate Matt Fedor got the final two outs to secure the win, as WNE improves to 16-16 on the year.

Rensselaer's Nick Palmiero went 3-for-4, including a pair of doubles, and Jason Ramos was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

The Golden Bears got all the offense they would need with six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit. Sophomore Daniel Morin cut the lead in half with a RBI-single through the left side and junior Matt Calzone tied it 2-2 when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Anziano capped the rally with a two-run single.

The Engineers had taken another early 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and second innings. Jeff Sitarski crossed the plate from third base when Jared Jensen reached on a fielding error by the second baseman. Then Matt Lawrence singled to center field to bring home Ramos, who led off the second with a single, from second base.

Western New England outhit RPI 10 to 8.

In the first game of the afternoon, Buckley, sophomore Kyle Maglio and Morin had two hits apiece for the Golden Bears.

Palmiero led RPI offensively by going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, and Jensen went 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs. Jensen gave the Engineers a 1-0 lead with a triple to right field and he later scored on Palmiero's RBI-ground out to third base to make it 2-0 after one-half inning.

After Maglio's RBI-groundout to get WNE within 2-1, the Engineers scored three runs--two unearned--in the top of the third inning. Palmiero and Thomas Desmond had RBI singles to help make it 5-1.

Western New England got within 5-4 with a run in each of the next three frames. Morin hit a RBI-single to left field in the third, Anziano produced a sacrifice fly to right field in the fourth and junior Connor Hayes had a RBI-groundout to shortstop in the fifth to close the scoring.

The Golden Bears got the potential tying run on base in the sixth when Maglio led off with a single and advanced all the way to third on the throwing error by the third baseman. Adam Aponte came in to relieve starting pitcher Jensen, striking out the side to escape the jam.

Western New England threatened again in the seventh with back-to-back singles by Buckley and Morin to begin the stanza. After a sacrifice by junior Eduardo Colmenares to advance both runners 90 feet, Aponte got Hayes to ground out to third without any runners scoring. Junior pinch-hitter T.J. Wyrebek was then intentionally walked to load the bases. Aponte, however, was able to get his fourth strikeout to earn the save and preserve the victory.

Jensen got the win (4-2), going five innings. He scattered six hits and two walks while allowing four runs (3 earned). He recorded three strikeouts.

Western New England will host crosstown rival Springfield College at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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