The first day of the 2013 NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional, which is being hosted by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), is in the books and below is the local game summaries.
No. 2 Wheaton College 5, No. 7 Salem State 3 – Frank Holbrook picked up his 26th victory in a Lyons uniform, (second all-time in program history for wins), while Ryan Grant registered his 35th save (tied for first all-time) as Wheaton defeated the Vikings.
Wheaton will take on Endicott tomorrow at 8 p.m., while Salem State will play St. Joe’s in an elimination game at 1 p.m.
Wheaton’s Eric Jensen recorded two hits and two RBIs in five plate appearances, while going 1-for-1 with two outs and runners in scoring position. Dan Gusovsky finished with three hits, one RBI and one run.
Salem State’s Kyle McElroy hit the game’s only home run in the top of the second.
No. 3 Endicott College 4, No. 6 St. Joe’s (ME) 3 – Harry Oringer drove in the game-winning run off a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth, which helped the Gulls defeat the Monks.
Oringer finished with two RBIs and one hit, while Martinez scored two of Endicott’s runs.
Kevin Dupras picked up his third win on the bump as he pitched the final three frames and fanned six batters.
No. 4 Western New England 5, No. 5 MIT 2 – Steve Buckley went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the fourth, which helped the Golden Bears secure the win against the Engineers.
WNE will return to the diamond tomorrow against No. 1 Southern Maine, who defeated Daniel Webster, 5-2, at 4:30 p.m.
Brendan Nugent picked up his eighth win in a Golden Bears uniform by retiring four batters, yielding two runs and scattering eight hits over seven innings of work.
MIT’s Hayden Cornwell recorded one run, one hit and one RBI, while KJ Parent finished with one hit and one RBI.
The Engineers will attempt to keep their postseason hopes alive, as they’ll face No. 8 Daniel Webster tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.