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Andrew Mulvey Tosses 5-Hitter and Kevin Marciano Goes 2-for-4 with 2 RBI in 4-1 Win

Andrew Mulvey Tosses 5-Hitter and Kevin Marciano Goes 2-for-4 with 2 RBI in 4-1 Win
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Sophomore Andrew Mulvey tossed a five-hitter to earn his third win on the season, and junior Kevin Marciano knocked in two runs on triple and double, as Western New England University shut down crosstown rival Springfield College, 4-1, in a non-conference baseball game on Pat Ricci Field at Trelease Park on Sunday. The Golden Bears, who improve to 9-4 at home, rise to 17-16 overall. The Pride, meanwhile, fall to 7-23 on the season.

Mulvey (3-1) went seven solid innings, working around eight walks and allowing one run. Classmate Matt Thomas pitched a scoreless eighth inning to record a hold, and junior Matt Fedor notched his seventh save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Both Thomas and Fedor recorded a strikeout.

Marciano hit a tie-breaking RBI-triple to the left-center gap in the bottom of the fifth to plate sophomore Kyle Maglio who had reached on a single to left field. The Golden Bears led 2-1.

In the seventh inning, Marciano and senior Matt Anziano had back-to-back RBI-doubles to give the Golden Bears two insurance runs and a 4-1 advantage.

The teams traded runs in the opening frame. The visiting Pride took a brief 1-0 lead when Steve Starr scored on a wild pitch. After Mark Joao led the game off with a walk, Shane O'Leary hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Starr, the next batter, tripled to right center field. Brent Poulin followed with a walk. On ball four to Dan Bergami, Starr crossed the plate on the pitch in the dirt. But WNE responded in its home half as senior Steve Buckley belted a RBI-double to the gap in left-center, scoring junior Doug Milne--who had singled--from second base.

Springfield had a chance to go ahead in the third. After O'Leary singled up the middle, two of the next three batters walked to load the bases. Mulvey, however, bore down and struck out Anthony Faggiana looking and Keith Cotnoir swinging to end the threat.

The WNE offense produced eight hits. Pride relief pitcher Matt Butrym kept the Golden Bears off the scoreboard for the final 1-2/3 innings, allowing just one hit and a walk with one strikeout.

Western New England is scheduled to end the regular season at 3:30 p.m. Monday with another non-conference contest against visiting Babson College.

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