Saturday Split Ends Salve Regina’s Baseball Season in NCAA Regional

Saturday Split Ends Salve Regina’s Baseball Season in NCAA Regional


HARWICH, Mass. – After winning an early elimination game against No. 2 seed Arcadia in the NCAA Division III Baseball New England Regional, Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Champion Salve Regina dropped a heartbreaker in the nightcap to No. 5 seed Babson to end the Seahawks' season.

Salve Regina finished the year at 36-12.

No. 4 Salve Regina 5, No. 2 Arcadia 0

HARWICH, Mass. – Senior Cory Poplawski (Syracuse, N.Y.) tossed a complete-game four hit shutout to lead Salve Regina University to a 5-0 victory over Arcadia University in an elimination game at the 2017 NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional at Whitehouse Field.

With the victory, the Seahawks (36-11) advanced to face Babson College in an elimination game at Whitehouse Field.  The Beavers and the Seahawks met on Thursday morning in the first game of the Regional with the Beavers claiming a 14-3 victory. Arcadia sees their season come to a close at 33-12.

Poplawski went the distance for the Seahawks allowing just four hits with six strikeouts and two walks.  Poplawski carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before it was broken up by senior Jordan Draude (Lancaster, Pa.) who legged out an infield single to deep short. 

The Seahawks were led offensively by junior John Militano (Miller Place, N.Y.) who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while sophomore Brody Santilli (Lincoln, R.I.) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Dylan Ketch (Clinton, Conn.) chipped in with a pair of hits.

The Seahawks got on the board in the bottom of the third inning.  Santilli single to center and was sacrificed over to second base, setting the table for an RBI double to left by Militano.

The run would be the only one Poplawski would need to secure the victory, but the Seahawks added three runs in the bottom of the seventh as they loaded the bases with one out.  Sophomore Colton Eremian (Boca Raton, Fla.) delivered a sacrifice fly to left and sophomore Zack Smith (New Canaan, Conn.) reached on an error that allowed two runs to score.  Salve added one more in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by senior Hunter Sleeper (Arlington, Mass.).

Freshman Jeremy Sabathne (Elizabethtown, Pa.) took the loss for the Knights going five and a third allowing one earned run on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Game recap courtesy of the Mass. Maritime Sports Information Department.

No. 5 Babson, 5, No. 4 Salve Regina 4

HARWICH, Mass. – Junior Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) singled in the tying and go ahead run of the game in the bottom of the eighth as Babson College came from behind to defeat Salve Regina University 5-4 in an elimination game of the 2017 NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional at Whitehouse Field.

With the victory, Babson (28-14) advances to face Suffolk University tomorrow at noon in the final elimination game before the championship round of the New England Regional.  With the loss, Salve Regina sees its season come to a close at 36-12, and four seniors don the Seahawk uniform for the final time - Billy Humes (East Rockaway, N.Y.), Frank Lemieux (Marshfield, Mass.), Poplawski, Sleeper.

Babson trailed 4-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth inning after Salve Regina scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning.  The Beavers started the inning with back-back-back singles and had runners on the corners with two outs after two fielder's choices.  After a wild pitch and an intentional walk, Arena delivered the two run game winning single putting Babson ahead for the first time in the game.

The Seahawks had the lead in the top of the second on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Sam Brito (Lincoln, R.I.) after the Seahawks loaded the bases on an error, a single by junior Christian Vargas (Melbourne, Fla.) and a hit batter. 

The Beavers battled back tying the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Junior Mark Webber (Norwell, Mass.) walked to lead off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice and took third on a wild pitch.  Sophomore Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) followed with an RBI single to left field tying the game.

The Seahawks plated three in the top of the sixth inning on an error, a double play and an RBI single by Vargas. Babson cut the lead back to one with two runs in the bottom of the inning as Arena crossed the plate on a wild pitch and Gill drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.

Babson received two hits and two RBI from Gill, while Arena drove in a pair of runs and scored once.  Salve Regina received two hits apiece from John Militano (Miller Place, N.Y.) and Vargas.

Senior Ken Rotunno (East Islip,  N.Y.) earned the victory in relief for the Beavers going one inning and allowing no runs on no hits, while junior Matt Cuneo (Ashland, Mass.) earned the save recording a scoreless ninth.  Junior Tommy Seaver (Rocky Hill, Conn.) took the loss in relief for the Seahawks going an inning and two thirds allowing two earned runs on three hits with a strikeout and three walks.

Game recap courtesy of the Mass. Maritime Sports Information Department.


Whitehouse Field – Harwich, Mass.

Thursday, May 18

Game 1 - #5 Babson def. #4 Salve Regina, 14-3 | BOX
Game 2 - #1 UMass Boston def. #8 Penn State-Berks, 9-8 (10 inn.) | BOX
Game 3 - #6 Suffolk def. #3 St. John Fisher, 4-0 | BOX
Game 4 - #2 Arcadia def. #7 Worcester State, 4-3 (12 inn.) | BOX

Friday, May 19

Game 5 - #4 Salve Regina def. Penn State-Berks, 12-4 | BOX
Game 6 - #3 St. John Fisher def. #7 Worcester State, 14-7 | BOX
Game 7 - #1 UMass Boston def. #5 Babson, 4-0 | BOX
Game 8 - #6 Suffolk def. #2 Arcadia, 1-0 | BOX

Saturday, May 20

Game 9 - #5 Babson def. #3 St. John Fisher, 12-8 | BOX
Game 10 - #4 Salve Regina def. #2 Arcadia, 5-0 | BOX
Game 11 - #1 UMass Boston def. #6 Suffolk, 13-4 | BOX
Game 12 – #5 Babson def. #4 Salve Regina | BOX



The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference currently administers championships in 16 intercollegiate sports with that number set to increase next year with the addition of football.


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