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Mahoney Stifles Franklin & Marshall as Golden Bears Win Seventh Straight, 7-1

Mahoney Stifles Franklin & Marshall as Golden Bears Win Seventh Straight, 7-1
AUBURNDALE, Fla. (March 17, 2016) - Senior lefthander Tom Mahoney (Granville, Mass.) struck out five batters and allowed just one unearned run over six innings as the Western New England University baseball team cruised to a 7-1 victory over Franklin & Marshall University this morning at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Fla.

With the win, the Golden Bears extend their unbeaten streak to seven games to open the 2016 campaign. Franklin & Marshall drops to 5-7 with the loss.

In a week that has featured several impressive offensive performances, Mahoney turned in one of Western New England's best pitching efforts thus far this season, improving to 2-0 with six strong innings on the mound. Freshman righthander Liam Davey (Cheshire, Conn.) was even more dominant in relief, nailing down his first collegiate save with four strikeouts over three perfect frames.

Freshman outfielder Ben LaCroix (Branford, Conn.) and junior first baseman Daniel Morin (Salem, N.H.) provided the bulk of the offensive production for the Golden Bears, as each player homered and drove in two runs. Senior second baseman Eduardo Colmenares (Caracas, Venezuela) went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, while classmate T.J. Wyrebek (Bristol, Conn.) chipped in with a sacrifice fly.

Junior outfielder David Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) accounted for two of Franklin & Marshall's five hits, and senior Mike Smeriglio (Redding, Conn.) also reached base twice with a walk and a single.

Freshman lefty Kurt Elmer (Lumberton, N.J.) took the loss for the Diplomats after giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks in 4.1 innings of work.

The Golden Bears took advantage of a pair of Franklin & Marshall errors in the bottom of the first, plating two runs without recording a hit, before extending their advantage to 3-0 in the third on LaCroix's opposite field solo shot.

The Diplomats threatened in the fourth, when senior Matt Mezansky (Larchmont, N.Y.) reached base on an error and advanced to second on another miscue before stealing third, but Mahoney worked his way out of the jam with an inning-ending double play.

Western New England tacked on two more runs in the fifth, as LaCroix recorded an RBI groundout and Colmenares followed with a single through the right side of the infield, scoring senior Kevin Marciano (Pepperell, Mass.).

The Diplomats broke through for their only run of the contest in the top of the sixth, but the Golden Bears got it right back in the bottom half of the inning on Morin's solo homer to left field.

Davey completely shut down the Franklin & Marshall offense the rest of the way, while Wyrebek capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

Western New England (7-0) will look to complete a perfect trip at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational tomorrow morning against Calvin (Mich.) College at the Chain O'Lakes Complex in Winter Haven, Fla.