RWU Earns Spot In CCC Baseball Championship Series, Salve Forces “If Necessary” Game

RWU Earns Spot In CCC Baseball Championship Series, Salve Forces “If Necessary” Game

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 2 seed Roger Williams secured its spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Baseball Championship Series with an extra-inning win over No. 3 seed Endicott. Meanwhile, No. 4 seed Salve Regina forced an "if necessary" game on Sunday, May 5 with a two-win day on Saturday (May 4).

The Hawks came into Saturday needing only one win to advance after defeating the Gulls on Friday. They needed extra innings, but were able to eventually achieve their goal with a 12-11 result after 12 innings.

The Seahawks opened the day with an elimination game against No. 5 seed Nichols. Salve walked off with the 4-3 to earn a spot in the Pod A Final against No. 1 seed Western New England. Since WNE was undefeated in the double-elimination tournament, Salve needed two wins to earn the Pod A berth into the CCC Championship Series. The Seahawks defeated the Golden Bears, 3-2, to force a deciding game on Sunday with game time still to be determined.

The winner of Sunday's game will join RWU in 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 higher 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.


#2 Roger Williams 11, #3 Endicott 10 – 12 Innings

BRISTOL, R.I. — The Roger Williams baseball team earned another win against Endicott this Saturday with a final score of 11-10.
 
All three batters struck out in the top of the first inning with Justin Garcia (Foxborough, Mass.) on the mound for the Hawks. RWU earned their first run in the bottom of the inning after a double to right field from Danny Roth (West Hartford, Conn.) to bring Eli Camner (Hamden, Conn.) home.
 
With the bases loaded in the top of the second inning, Ryan Prosser (Holden, Mass.) homered to give Endicott the lead at 4-1. Tommy Hobin (Madison, Conn.) cut their lead to two with a single through the right side while Ben Bonavita (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scored on a throwing error. Justin Stone (Blackstone, Mass.) then reached first on a throwing error and Hobin reached home to bring the score to 3-4.
 
RWU tied the game in the bottom of the fourth after an RBI from Tyler Brett (Hebron, Conn.) to advance Hobin. To give the Hawks the lead, Anthony Dominguez (Chester, N.J.) and Camner ran home after Joey Gulino (Meriden, Conn.) doubled to right center. RWU did not stop, with another run from Gulino after a single from Hobin to bring the lead to 7-4.
 
At the top of the sixth, Benjamin Schena (Chesire, Conn.) singled to left field in an RBI to advance Dan Cacciola (Saugus, Mass.) home for the Gulls. To cut the Hawks lead to one, Matt Bald (De Pere, Wisc.) walked for Joseph Millar (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) to score. Chris Flynn (Naugatuck, Conn.) struck out the last batter to end the inning at 7-6.
 
In the bottom of the sixth and with Chris Bosco (North Andover, Mass.) on second, Roth hit a home run to bring RWU's lead to 9-6.  
 
In the top of the ninth, Endicott added three runs to the board two singles that lead to three RBI and to tie the game at nine.
 
In the 12th inning, Schena singled up the middle and scored to put the Gulls ahead one.
 
However, the Hawks came back in the bottom of the 12th when Camner started it off with a single to right center. With one out, Camner stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error. Dominguez was due up next and roped a double down the right field line to score Camner and to tie the game at 10. After Gulino reached on a fielder's choice and Eddy Jackson (Seekonk, Mass.) advanced to third (pinch running for Dominguez), Bonavita hit a walk off single to right field to win the game 11-10.
 
The Hawks will now advance in the CCC Tournament and play on Friday.

Game recap courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Department.

 

#4 Salve Regina 4, #5 Nichols 3

Game recap to follow.

 

#4 Salve Regina 3, #1 Western New England 2

Game recap to follow.

 

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 - #4 Salve Regina def. #6 Gordon, 8-2 | BOX
Game 4 -
#1 Western New England def. #5 Nichols, 6-2 | BOX
Game 5 -
#2 Roger Williams def. #3 Endicott, 8-5 | BOX

Saturday, May 4

Game 6 - #4 Salve Regina def. #5 Nichols, 4-3 | BOX
Game 7A - #4 Salve Regina def. #1 Western New England, 3-2 | BOX

Game 7B - #2 Roger Williams def. #3 Endicott, 11-10 (12 innings) | BOX

Sunday, May 5

Game 8A - #4 Salve Regina at #1 Western New England, TBD

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. #2 Roger Williams, 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.

 

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