Game 1 Score: Dean College 8, Becker College 3
Game 2 Score: Becker College 7, Dean College 4
Records: Dean College (11-26-1, 6-11 NECC), Becker College (10-24, 7-9 NECC)
Location: Rochdale Park, Leicester, Mass.
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 1:30 PM/4:00 PM
Dean College and host Becker College split a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs won the opener 8-3 but the Hawks took the nightcap, 7-4, setting up a rubber match on Sunday afternoon in Franklin.
GAME 1: Dean College 8, Becker College 3
Gaten Davis (Anchorage, Alaska) was stellar on the mound for the Bulldogs, striking out a career-best nine, while scattering six hits to earn the win for Dean.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead on an unearned run in the first but found themselves down 2-1 in the third. That's when they took the lead after a Jeff Sharnick (Stratford, Conn.) RBI single and a Landon Fish (New Port Richey, Fla.) sacrifice fly.
A Noah Rivera single pushed Josiah Shepherd across for the Hawks, but Dean scored the final three runs on a Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.) single, a Sharnick double and a Matt Callahan (Attleboro, Mass.) single.
The Bulldogs rapped out 11 hits in the opener as Chajet, Fish, Hadden and Sharnick all had two each.
GAME 2: Becker College 7, Dean College 4
The host Hawks scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth highlighted by a Kevin Perez two-run single and Becker salvaged a split with a 7-4 game two victory.
Chris Testa put the Hawks on the board first when he blasted a solo homerun to left field in the bottom of the first.
Dean responded in the third inning when Will Kulcher (Crown Point, Ind.) crushed a three-run blast to left, giving the Bulldogs a 3-1 advantage.
Perez evened the game in the fourth with a two-run single but Dean moved back in front when Kulcher stole third and then scored on an errant throw.
Becker rallied, however, with those aforementioned four runs in the fifth. In addition to Perez's two-run single in the frame, the Hawks got RBI singles from Tanyon Ventres and Coby Hussey.
Both Hadden and Sharnick had two hits each for Dean, who also got three RBI from Kulcher.
Perez drove in four for the Hawks, who saw Daniel Diaz throw six strong innings to earn the win.