Score: Southern Vermont 18, Dean College 7
Records: Southern Vermont College (3-9, 2-2 NECC), Dean College (5-11-1, 1-2 NECC)
Date: Friday, March 30, 2018
Location: New England Baseball Complex, Northboro, Mass.
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Dean College freshman Will Kulcher (Crown Point, Ind.) blasted a pair of homeruns but it was Southern Vermont's Niko D'Agnese who stole the show with five hits and five RBI as the Mountaineers took the first of a three-game New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) baseball series with an 18-7 decision on Friday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Bulldogs got on the board first in the bottom of the first when Kulcher crushed a two-run shot to left field. That was followed by a two-run triple from Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.). Finally, Hadden then raced home on a wild pitch, giving Dean a 5-0 lead.
Southern Vermont answered back with two runs in the top of the second, but another Kulcher bomb got one back for the Bulldogs, making the score, 6-2.
Things changed dramatically in the top of the third when the Mountaineers took the lead by scoring seven runs on five hits, highlighted by a two-run double by Dan Mason.
Dean scratched one more run across in the fourth when a Matt Callahan (Attleboro, Mass.) infield single was followed by walks by Travis Dinsdale (Worcester, Mass.) and Kulcher. Landon Fish (New Port Richey, Fla.) then drove Callahan home with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Mountaineer offense continued to click, however, as they scored three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, a single run in the eighth and two more in the ninth to break the game wide open.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Kulcher finished with two hits and three RBI for the Bulldogs, while Hadden drove in a pair of his own.
D'Agnese scored three runs to go along with his five hits and five RBI, while Jordan Banks had three hits and Mason drove in three runs.
Dylan Ramirez came on in relief and tossed the final five innings, allowing just three hits to pick up his first win of the season.
The Bulldogs and Mountaineers are back at it on Saturday when they square off in a doubleheader at Trinity College's DiBenedetto Stadium in Hartford beginning at 2:00 p.m.