Posted: May 01, 2015
Western New England outhit Endicott 5 to 4. Junior Doug Milne led the Golden Bears, who are hopeful for an Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Championship bid, by going 2-for-4.
The Gulls managed to scratch the only run of the contest in the bottom of the third inning. Junior Matthew Paola, who reached base three times in the game by walking twice and hitting a single, drew a one-out walk off Golden Bears senior right-hander Trevor Breton. With senior Harry Oringer at the plate, the Gulls attempted a hit-and-run play that allowed Paola to advance to second base with Oringer grounding out to second base. Sophomore Mike Kochiss hit a sharp grounder down the third base line that was just out of reach of sophomore Daniel Morin as the ball deflected off his glove and into foul territory. Paola would round third and score to put Endicott ahead 1-0.
Western New England came right back in the top of the fourth to threaten to get on the scoreboard, with Milne roping a one-out single to break up Davarn Nova's streak of 10-straight outs to start the game. The next batter, senior Steve Buckley rounded first after a single down the left field line but was cut down trying to get a double as Gulls left fielder Michael Cahill made at accurate throw to Oringer covering the bag. With two outs in the inning, Nova forced a slow chopper back in front of the plate that eventually led to a rundown out of Milne who was on third base to preserve the slim one-run lead.
Endicott got a combined shutout effort from starter Nova (2-2) and reliever Nick Quattro. Nova spun 6-2/3 scoreless innings in just his fourth start of the season and held the Golden Bears to a walk while striking out five batters, including four over his first two innings of work. After getting the first two outs of the top of the seventh, Nova walked Morin in his final batter faced. Head coach Bryan Haley turned to CCC Pitcher of the Year Quattro who no-hit WNE over the final 2-1/3 innings to earn his second save.
Breton was terrific as well in his eight innings pitched, allowing just four hits and walking three with five strikeouts, but saw his record fall to 2-4 on the year. He threw 118 pitches in the outing and kept the Endicott bats quiet over the final innings of the game by retiring the final 10 hitters he faced.
The Gulls had a chance to stretch their lead in the bottom of the fifth. Paola reached third base after hitting a leadoff single, stealing second, and advancing to third on a flyout to center by Cahill but Breton would strikeout Anthony Serina for the third out of the inning and strand the runner at third.
Western New England has another solid scoring opportunity in the sixth. Junior Kevin Marciano hit an infield single to shortstop with two outs. Milne followed with another single to the same spot. Then Milne was part of an attempted double steal but Gulls senior catcher Chase Sullivan made a heads up throw to second base to catch Milne stealing to end the threat.
(Editor's note: Endicott Athletics contributed to this game recap.)