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Golden Bears Rally in Game One, Split Doubleheader with Endicott

Golden Bears Rally in Game One, Split Doubleheader with Endicott
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 17, 2016) - In a showdown between the top two teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) standings, the Western New England University baseball team split a doubleheader with Endicott College this afternoon at Trelease Park. The Golden Bears used a two-run rally in the seventh inning to walk off with a 2-1 win in the opener, before falling 4-2 in game two.
 
Following the split, Western New England sits at 19-5 this season, while Endicott is 17-9. The two teams are tied atop the CCC standings with matching 7-1 records in league play.
 
Western New England 2, Endicott 1
Gulls sophomore lefthander Will Ferreira (Nantucket, Mass.) shut Western New England out over the first six innings, but the Golden Bears put together a rally in the seventh to claim the opener in thrilling fashion.
 
After Ferreira retired the leadoff batter, senior Bryan Previte (Darien, Conn.) got the rally started with a pinch-hit single to right field, improving him to 5-for-5 in pinch-hit situations this season. Classmate Scott Hubener (Mendon, Mass.) came up next and recorded another single, and freshman Erik Lacaire (Worcester, Mass.) followed with a walk to load the bases.
 
Senior captain Kevin Marciano (Pepperell, Mass.) tied the game with a single up the middle, ending Ferreira's outing, and classmate Eduardo Colmenares (Caracas, Venezuela) capped the rally with a walkoff RBI single to right field off of Endicott senior Davarn Nova (Buzzards Bay, Mass.).
 
The comeback was made possible by Western New England senior righthander David Cherry (Southbury, Conn.), who was impressive on the mound. Cherry scattered eight hits and struck out ten batters over a complete game effort, surrendering just one unearned run in the second inning. The senior improves to 4-1 this season with the victory.
 
Hubener went 3-for-3 out of the No. 9 spot in the batting order, while Colmenares and junior Daniel Morin (Salem, N.H.) added two hits each.
 
Endicott 4, Western New England 2
Endicott utilized a strong pitching performance from sophomore Owen Bautze (Sudbury, Mass.) and 2-for-3 efforts from senior Anthony Serina (Portsmouth, R.I.) and sophomore Nick Berno (St. Albans, Vt.) to take game two and salvage a split.  
 
Bautze went the distance for the Gulls, striking out seven batters and allowing two runs on three hits to improve to 2-1.
 
Senior lefthander Tom Mahoney (Granville, Mass.) got the start for the Golden Bears and tossed five innings, striking out seven batters while giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits.
 
Endicott jumped out to an early lead, scoring twice in the first inning on an RBI triple by Serina and an RBI single by junior Mike Kochiss (Fairfield, Conn.).  The Gulls added another run in the fifth with the help of a Western New England error, before the Golden Bears broke through in the fifth on freshman Ben LaCroix's (Branford, Conn.) RBI single.
 
Both teams added one run in the seventh, as Endicott senior Cody Hall (Rutland, Mass.) led off with a walk before coming in to score on a passed ball, and Morin powered a solo home run over the center field fence for the Golden Bears.
 
Western New England will be right back in action tomorrow with a non-conference contest against Keene State. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.  at Trelease Park. The Gulls return home to host Framingham State on Tuesday.