BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – The Western New England University baseball team had its run in the NCAA Tournament New England Regional ended with a 6-4 loss to Keystone (Pa.) College on Saturday afternoon at Hendy Field on the campus of Mass Maritime Academy.
With the win, Keystone (34-11) advances to play Ramapo on Saturday night. Western New England's season comes to a close at 32-15.
Junior Joe Cassella (Wallingford, Conn.) led the Golden Bears, as he went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI. Juniors Alex Loparco (Riverside, Conn.) and Aaron Rios (Stratford, Conn.) also had two hits each, while sophomore Jamie Schofield (Darien, Conn.) walked twice and scored two runs.
Senior right-hander Jake Kawiecki (Burlington, Conn.) was strong in his final collegiate start, as he struck out six batters and allowed just one earned run over six innings on the mound.
Keystone senior Eric Drzewiecki (Hellertown, Pa.) went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored, while junior Dakota McFadden (Rocky Point, N.C.) posted a 2-for-3 effort with a walk and one RBI.
Western New England jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Cassella recorded an RBI single and junior Ben LaCroix (Branford, Conn.) added a sacrifice fly.
Keystone answered with two runs in the bottom of the second inning, before the Golden Bears pushed their advantage to 4-2 on Cassella's second RBI single in the top of the fifth.
The Giants pulled ahead in the bottom of the seventh with a four-run rally, which was highlighted by Drzewiecki's go-ahead, two-run single.
Western New England put one runner on base in both the eighth and ninth innings, but the Golden Bears were unable to overcome their two-run deficit.
Game recap courtesy of the Western New England Sports Information Department.
2018 DIVISION III BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Harwich Regional Day 1 – Thursday, May 17
(Hosted by Mass. Maritime – Boston/Worcester, Mass.)
Game 1 – Ramapo def. Western New England, 19-15 | BOX
Game 2 – No. 5/9 UMass Boston def. Penn St.-Berks, 15-1 | BOX
Game 3 – No. 21/27 Keystone def. Mitchell, 3-2 (11 Innings) | BOX
Game 4 – No. 23/20 Oswego St. def. Suffolk, 13-3 | BOX
Harwich Regional Day 2 – Friday, May 18
(Hosted by Mass. Maritime – Harwich, Mass.)
Game 5 – Western New England def. Penn St.-Berks, 4-1 | BOX
Game 6 – Mitchell def. Suffolk, 9-3 | BOX
Game 7 – No. 5/9 UMass Boston def. Ramapo, 2-1 (10 Innings) | BOX
Game 8 – No. 23/20 Oswego St. def. No. 21/27 Keystone, 2-0 | BOX
Harwich Regional Day 3 – Saturday, May 19
(Hosted by Mass. Maritime – Buzzards Bay, Mass.)
Game 9 – Ramapo def. Mitchell, 6-0 | BOX
Game 10 – No. 21/27 Keystone def. Western New England, 6-4 | BOX
Game 11 – No. 23/20 Oswego St. def. NO. 5/9 UMass Boston, 11-4 | BOX
Game 12 – Ramapo def. No. 21/27 Keystone, 7-3 | BOX
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four 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 administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.