Baseball swept by visiting Leopards
Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards swept the New England College Pilgrims in TCCC baseball action Sunday afternoon winning game one 8-4 and cruising to the 8-1 victory in game two. With the two wins head coach Steve Studley became the all-time leader in coaching wins at Wentworth with 76 as the Leopards improved to 17-6-1 overall and 7-2-1 in conference play. The loss drops the Pilgrims to 5-10 overall and 2-8 in the conference.
In game one the two teams would battle through the opening two innings scoreless before the Leopards would plate two runs in the top half of the third to grab the lead. The Pilgrims would answer with a run of their one in the bottom of the third as Jimmy Lauzon (Manchester, N.H.) would single in Chris Gagne (Rochester, N.H.) cutting the Leopard lead to 2-1. Wentworth would extend their lead to 6-1 in the fifth as Doug Papuga (Branford, Conn.) and Nick Cunningham (Pembroke, Mass.) would each belt two-run homeruns. NEC’s Matt Shaughnessey (Manchester, N.H.) would stroke a three-run homerun in the fifth as the Pilgrims would head into the sixth trailing just 6-4. The Leopards would tack on two more runs in the seventh and hold the Pilgrims to just one base runner in the final two innings holding on for the 8-4 win.
Wentworth’s Doug Papuga and Ben Danker (Branford, Conn.) each finished with three hits and Jack McManus (Hopkinton, N.H.) doubled and scored two runs for the Leopards. Leading the way for NEC was Matt Shaughnessey and Chris Gagne who had two hits each.
Picking up the win on the mound for Wentworth was Chris Carbone (Goshen, Conn.) who allowed three earned runs in six innings of work and struck out four.
In game two the Leopards would jump all over the Pilgrims plating a run in the first and three in the second building an early 4-0 lead. NEC would muster a single run in the bottom of the third but Wentworth would score three unearned runs in the fourth and add another run in the sixth cruising to the 8-1 victory.
Leading the way for the Leopards at the plate in game two was Jake MaManus who finished with three hits, two runs batted in and two runs scored. Wentworth’s Mike Roberts (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished with three hits and two runs batted in and Conner Flisnik (Marcy, N.Y.) singled three times for the Leopards.
Leading the way for NEC was Mike Caravella (Milford, N.H.) who singles twice and Joe Clark (Newcastle, Maine) who singled in the only Pilgrim run.
Picking up the win on the mound for Wentworth was Matt Dannenhoffer (Bethany, Conn.) who pitched the complete game allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out seven.