Four-Team Field Set for Baseball Championship Weekend in Manchester


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May 9, 2012

Host Saint Anselm, Le Moyne and Franklin Pierce
Join New Haven in Northeast-10 Conference Championship

Three of the four first-round games of the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Baseball Championship took place on Wednesday afternoon, as top-seeded Saint Anselm College and second-seeded Franklin Pierce University from the Northeast Division advanced to championship weekend, as did second-seeded Le Moyne College out of the Southwest Division.

The Southwest Division's fourth-seeded University of New Haven also came away with a 9-0 victory over Pace University on Tuesday to earn its spot on championship weekend, which will be hosted by Saint Anselm at Sullivan Park in Manchester, N.H. from Friday through Sunday.

The double-elimination portion of the championship will begin on 10:00 a.m. Friday with Franklin Pierce taking on New Haven before Saint Anselm faces Le Moyne at 12:30 p.m. The two teams that fail to record victories will then square off in an elimination contest at 3:00 p.m.

All games will be played at the scheduled start time or 35 minutes after the previously completed contest.

#1 Saint Anselm 9, #4 Bentley 0 (Northeast Division)BOX
Manchester, N.H. – Saint Anselm eased its way to a 9-0 shutout over fourth-seeded Bentley University on Wednesday behind eight shutout innings from starting pitcher John Healy, who allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out seven in the win.

The Hawks exploded for seven runs on eight hits in the third inning, recording four singles, four doubles and a sacrifice fly off Bentley starter JP Ashline (3 IP, 7 ER, 9 H) in the frame.

Eight of the nine Hawks starters got into the hit column in the Saint Anselm victory, led by centerfielder Andrew Chandler, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Richie Manzi, Daniel DeCoste and Dan Lagasse had two hits apiece for Saint Anselm, which improves to 27-21-2 on the season entering championship weekend, while Bentley falls to 28-23.

#2 Le Moyne 5, #3 So. Connecticut 4 (Southwest Division)BOX
Syracuse, N.Y. – Le Moyne, currently ranked third in the East Region and 20th nationally, overcame a four-run deficit to down third-seeded Southern Connecticut State University, 5-4, on Wednesday afternoon.

The Owls jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Ryan Geffert's third-inning grand slam, and it would stay that way until the Dolphins (36-12-1) scored five times in the fifth. Le Moyne's Zack Wiley recorded an RBI single off Owls starter Daniel Murdoch before Ryan Mahoney plated another with a single, and then Pat Wiese followed with a two-run base knock to tie things up.

The eventual winning run scored just one batter later, as Matthew Ciraco struck out swinging but reached on a wild pitch and throwing error by catcher Greg Pacelli, which allowed Wiley to come in the back door.
 
Murdoch allowed four earned in 4.2 innings, but it was reliever Rocco Cundari who took the loss after allowing a run – albeit unearned – on two hits in two innings of work. Meanwhile Le Moyne starting pitcher Ed Kohout got the victory for the Dolphins, allowing four earned on nine hits over six innings with six strikeouts.

Wiley and Brett Botsford had two hits apiece for Le Moyne, while T.K. Kiernan and Pacelli recorded a pair of hits each for the Owls, who fall to 31-17 overall.

#2 Franklin Pierce 6, #3 Stonehill 0 (Northeast Division)BOX
Rindge, N.H. – Franklin Pierce starting pitcher Jack Crawford tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout and James Roche homered twice on Wednesday to help lead the Ravens to a 6-0 victory over third-seeded Stonehill College.

Crawford, who faced only three over the minimum, had nine strikeouts and did not walk a batter. The grad student did not allow a Stonehill base runner to reach second on the entire afternoon.

Franklin Pierce, currently ranked second in the region and 26th in the country, improves to 34-15-1 with the victory. Ranked sixth in the East Region, Stonehill falls to 30-19 with the first-round loss.

The Ravens got on the board in the third on an RBI fielder's choice by Dan Kemp, then added another in the fifth when Dan Hennigan's successful suicide squeeze plated Calvin Graves.

Roche extended the lead to 3-0 with a leadoff homer to begin the sixth, then hit a two-run shot with Kemp aboard in the eighth. Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year Matt Walsh added a sac fly later in the eighth for the Ravens' sixth run of the ballgame.

Northeast-10 Player of the Year and sophomore Zach Mathieu went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.

Stonehill starting pitcher Jim Duff took the loss for the Skyhawks, allowing three runs – two earned – on five hits with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

Championship Schedule
First Round – Single Elimination

Game 1: #4 SW New Haven 6, #1 SW Pace 0
Game 2: #2 SW Le Moyne 5, #3 SW Southern Connecticut 4
Game 3: #1 NE Saint Anselm 9, #4 NE Bentley 0
Game 4: #2 NE Franklin Pierce 6, #3 NE Stonehill 0

Championship Weekend - Double Elimination
Friday, May 11

Game 5: New Haven vs. Franklin Pierce – 10:00 a.m.
Game 6: Le Moyne vs. Saint Anselm – 12:30 p.m.
Game 7: Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 12
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner – 12:00 p.m.
Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 13
Game 10: Game 9 winner vs. Game 8 winner – 11:00 a.m.
Game 11: If Necessary

The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 5,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.

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