Game 1 Final Score: Dean College 4, Mitchell College 3
Game 2 Final Score: Mitchell College 3, Dean College 2
Records: Dean College (7-14-1, 3-4 NECC), Mitchell College (16-3, 6-2 NECC)
Location: Longley Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Playing on their home field for the first time this season, Dean College secured a doubleheader split with reigning New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) champions, Mitchell College by winning the first game 4-3 before dropping the nightcap 3-2.
The rubber game of the three-game series takes place tomorrow in New London beginning at 12:00 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In the opener, the pitching combination of Jose Quiroz (Bell Gardens, Calif.) and Alex Belanger (Southbridge, Mass.) kept a potent Mariner offense at bay as the Bulldogs held on for the win.
After Mitchell scored on a squeeze play to even the score in the second, the Bulldogs answered with two in the third on run scoring singles from Dinsdale and Matt Callahan (Attleboro, Mass.).
The Mariners wasted very little time getting back on the board as they evened the score when both Garet Griffin and James Rangel both registered RBI singles.
Knotted at 3-3, the back-and-forth scoring affair came to a screeching halt in the bottom of the third after infield singles from Jeff Sharnick (Stratford, Conn.) and Dakari Cox (Needham, Mass.) setup the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly from Ben Chajet (Hillsboro Beach, Fla.).
Quiroz went the first five innings for Dean before giving way to Belanger, who allowed just one hit in two innings of work to notch his first collegiate save.
A pitcher's duel ensued in the nightcap with neither team scoring until the fifth inning when Cox led off with a double and then scampered home on an infield hit by Vincent Buonaiuto (Danbury, Conn.).
Mitchell evened the score immediately when Griffin walked and then scored on a double by Jeremy Santos off of Belanger, who came in to relieve Gaten Davis (Anchorage, Alaska).
Belanger and the Bulldogs looked to be out of the seventh without any damage after getting two outs, but the Mariners' Jack Finnegan raced home on a wild pitch and then Griffin pushed across an insurance run with a single to left.
Griffin's run ended up looming large after Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.) scored an unearned run in the seventh but Bryce Bedard was able to get the final two outs and escape with the win.