Endicott, Nichols Win To Open CCC Baseball Tournament

Endicott, Nichols Win To Open CCC Baseball Tournament

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 3 seed Endicott and No. 5 seed Nichols both earned wins on Thursday (May 2) to open the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Baseball Tournament. The tournament continues tomorrow, May 3.

The Gulls outscored No. 6 seed Gordon, 14-1, to earn their tournament-opening win. The Bison went on the road and defeated No. 4 seed Salve Regina, 9-1, in the other opening game.

Day two of the CCC Baseball Tournament features three games. Nichols will visit No. 2 seed Roger Williams at 2 p.m., while Endicott travels to top-seed Western New England at 3 p.m. The Seahawks will host the Fighting Scots in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m.

The pod finals will take place on day three of the tournament, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. The schedule for the pod finals depends on the result of Friday's elimination game. The winner of that game will return to its pod to play another elimination game against the loser of their pod's Friday game. The winner of that elimination game will play the pod's Friday winner with Sunday, May 5 serving as the date for a potential "if necessary" game. On the other side of the bracket, Friday's pod play opponents will play a second game with an "if necessary" game to follow.

The winners of the two pods will advance to the CCC Championship Series, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 10-11. The championship will be a best-of-three series hosted by the top seed. The teams will play one game on Friday before returning to conclude the series on Saturday. Though all games will be hosted by the higher seed, the lower seed will serve as the "home" team for game two of the series and bat second.

The winner of the CCC Championship Series will be named the CCC Tournament Champion and will earn the league's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship Tournament.


#5 Nichols 9, #4 Salve Regina 1

NEWPORT, R.I. - The Nichols baseball team defeated Salve Regina 9-1 in the first round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament Thursday afternoon at Reynolds Field in Newport, R.I.

The Bison (21-18, 6-8 CCC) were powered by three home runs and three RBI singles. Senior Joe Assenza (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with three runs and an RBI, while graduate student Chris Anderson (Naugatuck, Conn.) went 1-for-4 with one run and three RBI after hitting the first home run of the day to start the offense for the Bison. Freshman Tyler Heenan (Milford, Conn.) had a career day, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, including a home run. Sophomore Robert Cobb (Revere, Mass.) quieted the strong Salve (21-15, 8-6 CCC) offense, holding the Seahawks to just one hit over eight lights out innings. Junior Brodie Altiere (North Adams, Mass.) finished out the game for the Bison, allowing one run on two hits through one inning. 

The Bison got six runs on seven hits through six innings off of Seahawks sophomore starter Michael Viveiros (North Scituate, R.I.). Salve's relievers, junior Zach Dionne (Tolland, Conn.) and sophomore Dean Borders (Danvers, Mass.), combined for three runs on five hits and two walks through the final three innings.

Three things you need to know…

-Cobb extended his scoreless streak to 23.1 innings, dating back to April 19 against Wentworth.
-The Bison's three home runs today, push them to 24 total on the season which is now the most they have hit in a single season in program history. The previous record was 22 home runs from the 1980 season.
-Three current Bison players have placed themselves on the Nichols all-time hit list. Junior Kyle Bouchard's (Fall River, Mass.) 152 career hits places him seventh all time, Assenza's 151 hits places him eighth all time, and junior Christian Naccari's (Ossining, N.Y.) 127 hits places him 15th all time.

Game recap courtesy of the Nichols Sports Information Department.

 

#3 Endicott 14, #6 Gordon 1

BEVERLY, Mass. – The third-seeded Endicott baseball team used a 12-run seventh inning to turn aside sixth-seeded Gordon, 14-1, on day one of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament at North Field.

Endicott starter Kevin Gould (Rollinsford, N.H.) picked up the win (5-2) on seven strong innings of work, which included two hits, one run (unearned), three walks, and a game-high seven strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Joe Pedulla (Monroe Township, N.J.) suffered the loss (2-8) via six innings, five hits, five runs (all earned), four free passes, and four punch outs.

The Gulls struck for two runs in the first inning on a Nickolas Perkins' (Nashua, N.H.) sacrifice fly and a Dan Cacciola (Saugus, Mass.) RBI bunt single down the third base line for a quick 2-0 advantage.

From there, both starters traded zeroes on the scoreboard until Gordon broke up the shutout with a bases loaded walk by Sam Schetelich (Scotch Plains, N.J.) with one out in the top of the seventh. Gould answered for Endicott when it mattered most, however, as the senior induced Gordon's next batter into a 1-2-3 inning-ending double play to maintain the lead.

In the bottom half of the frame, the Gulls picked up their starter, who buckled down in the previous inning, with a 12-run frame, highlighted by a two-run triple down the right field line by Cacciola and never looked back.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Endicott improved to 37-11 all-time against Gordon.
  • The Gulls also have won their last three meetings versus the Fighting Scots.
  • Cacciola went 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI.

Game recap courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.

 

2019 CCC Baseball Tournament Schedule

Thursday, May 2
(Hosted by higher seed)

Game 1 - #5 Nichols def. #4 Salve Regina, 9-1 | BOX
Game 2 - #3 Endicott def. #6 Gordon, 14-1 | BOX

Friday, May 3
(Hosted by higher seed)

Game 3 - #6 Gordon at #4 Salve Regina, 3:30 p.m.
Game 4 -
#5 Nichols at #1 Western New England, 3 p.m.
Game 5 -
#3 Endicott at #2 Roger Williams, 2 p.m.

Saturday/Sunday, May 4/5

If winner of Game 3 is from Pod A:

Saturday, May 4

Game 6 - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser, TBD (at Western New England)

Game 7A - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, TBD (at Western New England)

Game 7B - Game 5 Opponents, TBD (at Roger Williams)
Game 8B -
Game 7B Opponents (if necessary), TBD (at Roger Williams)

Sunday, May 5

Game 8A - Game 7A Opponents (if necessary), TBD (at higher seed)

 

If winner of Game 3 is from Pod B:

Saturday, May 4

Game 6 – Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Loser, TBD (at Roger Williams)

Game 7A - Game 4 Opponents, TBD (at Western New England)
Game 8A -
Game 7A Opponents (if necessary), TBD (at Western New England)

Game 7B - Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, TBD (at Roger Williams)

Sunday, May 5

Game 8B - Game 7A Opponents (if necessary), TBD (at higher seed)

The two remaining teams will play a best-of-three series hosted by the higher remaining seed

Friday, May 10
(Hosted by higher seed)

Game A - Winner of Game 7A/8A vs. Winner of Game 7B/8B, TBD

Saturday, May 11

Game B* - Game A Opponents, TBD
Game C - Game B Opponents (if necessary), TBD

*NOTE: Game B will be hosted by the higher remaining seed, but the lower seed will be the "home" team and bat last.

 

ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE

The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one 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.

 

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