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#4 Golden Bears Surge Past #5 WPI and Into ECAC New England Baseball Semifinals, 11-4

#4 Golden Bears Surge Past #5 WPI and Into ECAC New England Baseball Semifinals, 11-4
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Senior Steve Buckley went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two runs batted in during his final home appearance to lead No. 4-seeded Western New England University to an 11-4 victory Wednesday over No. 5 Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Division III Baseball Championship on Pat Ricci Field at Trelease Park. The visiting Engineers end their season at 21-16 while the Golden Bears improve to 19-18, advancing to play top seed Framingham State University in Saturday's ECAC semifinals (2:30 p.m.) at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.

Buckley snapped a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning by doubling to the center field fence, bring home senior Matt Anziano who had led off with a single. That ignited a four-run frame in which junior Matt Calzone had a sacrifice fly and classmate T.J. Wyrebek finished with a two-run double to the left field fence. The Golden Bears surged to an 8-4 lead, erasing a four-run deficit.

Vinny D'Ambrosio led WPI with two RBI on a single to put the Engineers up 4-0 after one-and-a-half innings. Sean Kelly opened the scoring for the visitors with a RBI-triple to right field and Matt Cote followed with a single up the middle to plate Kelly.

Junior Eduardo Colmenares added to Western New England's 14-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Anziano ended up with two hits.

After a difficult second inning, junior pitcher David Cherry settled down nicely to get the win and improve to 4-4 on the season. Cherry allowed four hits, four walks and four runs while striking out a career-high-tying nine batters. He helped WNE stay in the game after falling behind 4-1 after two innings by retiring 12 in a row until DJ Ouellette walked with two outs in the sixth.

Western New England was able to get a run back in its half of the second inning. Buckley led off with a double to right-center field and advanced to third base after tagging up on sophomore Daniel Morin flyout to right. Colmenares, the next batter, hit a single to the hole at shortstop to bring in Buckley.

Morin brought WNE within 4-2 in the third on a two-out single to left field, bringing home Anziano.

After a scoreless fourth inning by the two teams, the Golden Bears cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fifth. Junior Kevin Marciano hit a lead-off double down the right field line and Anziano followed with a walk. Marciano then moved to third base as he tagged up on a flyout to center by junior Doug Milne. With two outs, WPI starting pitcher Taylor Landry attempted to pick off Anziano at first but Marciano stole home.

The Golden Bears knotted the score in the sixth on junior Chris Casey's single through the left side to score Colmenares with an unearned run. Colmenares led off with single up the middle, advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Calzone and reached third on a passed ball.

Besides the four-run seventh, WNE put up another crooked number of three runs in the eighth to put the game away. Buckley and Colmenares both had RBI-singles and Calzone forced in the final tally with a bases loaded walk.

Sophomore Jacques Boilard relieved Cherry after he went eight innings and threw a perfect ninth that included a strikeout.

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