For Immediate Release
May 18, 2012
Two Northeast-10 schools stave off elimination
while another remains unbeaten in NCAA East Regional play
Manchester, N.H. – In the first of three games Friday at Penmen Field in NCAA Division II Baseball Championship East Regional action, second-seeded Le Moyne College avoided elimination by breezing to a 17-4 victory over sixth-seeded Dowling College.
The Dolphins will now take on fourth-seeded Saint Anselm College on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. after the Hawks defeated top seed and host Southern New Hampshire University, 8-4, in Friday's second contest of the afternoon.
So. New Hampshire will take on fifth-seeded Wilmington (Del.) University on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. as a result of Wilmington's 7-1 loss to third-seeded Franklin Pierce University, which is the lone team at the regional without a loss.
Both of the aforementioned contests will be do-or-die elimination games.
Franklin Pierce will await the winner of the So. New Hampshire-Wilmington matchup on Saturday at 7:00 p.m., with the Le Moyne-Saint Anselm winner advancing to play Sunday at noon.
Le Moyne banged out 17 hits in its win and got three-hit performances from both Ryan Mahoney and Matthew Ciraco, a pair that also combined for seven RBI. Four more Dolphins starters had multi-hit games and the entire starting lineup scored at least one run and recorded at least one hit.
The Dolphins scored six times in the first before putting the game out of reach with a nine-run fourth.
With the game well in hand, Le Moyne starting pitcher Ed Kohout was pulled after five hitless innings. He upped his record to 9-3 with the victory.
In Saint Anselm's victory, the Hawks scored four times in the bottom of the eighth in a must-win situation for them, sending nine men to the plate in the frame to hand the top-seeded Penmen their first loss of the East Regional. Mike Hayden's RBI single with one out in the inning ultimately served as the game-winner.
So. New Hampshire broke a scoreless contest with a pair of runs in the fifth, but Daniel DeCoste hit a grand slam in the sixth off Penmen starter Brad Monroe to take a 4-2 lead. So. New Hampshire however would tie it up in the top half of the eighth on a two-run home run by Jon Minucci.
Hawks reliever Neil Hesek allowed two earned in four innings to record his sixth victory of the year. David Gibson took the loss for the Penmen after surrendering three runs on one hit and four walks in two innings of work.
Monroe allowed four earned on eight hits over 5.1 innings while Saint Anselm starting pitcher Timothy Cooney gave up two runs – none earned – on three hits in five innings, although neither factored into the decision.
Franklin Pierce's Ryan Thompson, the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year, hurled a six-hitter while allowing just one unearned run to help lead the Ravens to their second win in as many nights.
The Ravens got an RBI single by Northeast-10 Player of the Year Zach Mathieu in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead, then plated five runs in the fifth to the tune of four hits and a pair of errors by the Wildcats.
Dan Hennigan scored three times while Nick LaCroix (pictured) and Anthony Peguero had two hits apiece for the Ravens, who remained unbeaten in East Regional play with the win.
NCAA EAST REGIONAL SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Thursday, May 17
Game 1: #1 So. New Hampshire 3, #6 Dowling 0 - BOX
Game 2: #5 Wilmington (Del.) 1, #2 Le Moyne 0 (10 innings) - BOX
Game 3: #3 Franklin Pierce 3, #4 Saint Anselm 0 - BOX
Friday, May 18
Game 4: Le Moyne 17, Dowling 4 - BOX (Dowling eliminated)
Game 5: Saint Anselm 8, So. New Hampshire 4 - BOX
Game 6: Franklin Pierce 7, Wilmington 1 – BOX
Saturday, May 19 - LIVE STATS
Game 7: So. New Hampshire vs. Wilmington - 11:00 a.m.
Game 8: Le Moyne vs. Saint Anselm - 3:00 p.m.
Game 9: Franklin Pierce vs. Game 7 Winner - 7:00 p.m.