SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 4 seed Salve Regina picked up a 5-3 victory over top-seeded Western New England on Monday (May 6) to advance to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Baseball Championship Series.
With the win the Seahawks win the Pod A Final and will get set to meet No. 2 seed Roger Williams, which won Pod B on Saturday (May 4), in the best-of-three championship series.
The Hawks will serve as the host for all three games with the first game scheduled for Friday, May 10 at 3 p.m. The teams will return to play game two of the series on Saturday, May 11 with the Seahawks serving as the "home" team and batting last. Should the series be tied after the first two games a deciding game will be played on Saturday following the conclusion of the early game.
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.
#4 Salve Regina 5, #1 Western New England 3
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Salve Regina baseball (25-15) welcomed May back by welcoming Patrick Maybach (Saunderstown, R.I.) to its starting rotation, just in time to pitch 6.1 innings and lead the Seahawks into their fourth-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship Series with a 5-3 victory over top-seeded Western New England (23-14) at Trelease Memorial Baseball Park on Monday afternoon.
The junior left-hander, missing in action since late March, allowed two earned runs on eight hits while striking out five Golden Bears.
Western New England took a 1-0 lead after Joe Cascella's (Wallingford, Conn.) two-out single to center scored Alex Loparco (Riverside, Conn.) from second base in the bottom of the first.
The Seahawks plated five runs in the top of the third. Senior All-CCC outfielder and Player of the Year Zack Smith (New Canaan, Conn.) knocked in the first run with All-CCC shortstop Madden Ward (Clinton, Conn.) scoring from third. All-CCC outfielder Michael DeFusco (East Greenwich, R.I.) followed with a single to center to bring home All-CCC catcher Dylan Ketch (Clinton, Conn.) and the Seahawks took the lead. Colton Eremian (Boca Raton, Fla.) walked with two outs to load the bases. All-CCC second baseman Anthony Cieszko (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) drilled a 3-2 pitch into center for a bases-clearing double and a 5-1 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Zac Nussbaum (Bridgewater, Mass.) singled down the right field line to score Ben LaCroix (Branford, Conn.) with the Golden Bears' second run. Western New England added another unearned run in the seventh that knocked Maybach out of the game after throwing 118 pitches.
Enter Saturday's hero, Will Ginsberg (Sharon, Mass.). Facing elimination two days ago, the senior lefty had thrown 88 pitches in a 3-2 victory for the Seahawks, allowing just four hits to the Golden Bears, to force Monday's showdown. He worked the final 2.2 frames to record his second save of the season (first since opening day on Feb. 22) and retired seven of 10 Golden Bears he faced including three strikeouts. Similar to Saturday, Monday's savior got the final two outs on a double-play grounder with the bases loaded, this time on his 39th pitch.
No. 4 seed Salve Regina advances to play No. 2 seed Roger Williams in Bristol, R.I., in a best-of-three series for the CCC Baseball Tournament Championship starting on Friday. It's the fourth-straight season the Seahawks have reached the series, winning titles in 2016 and 2017. Last year, the Golden Bears took the crown at Reynolds Field in Newport. Salve Regina seeks its third title and third trip to the NCAA Division III Championship in four years.
Game recap courtesy of the Salve Regina Sports Information Department.
2019 CCC Baseball Tournament Schedule
Thursday, May 2
(Hosted by higher seed)
Friday, May 3
(Hosted by higher seed)
Saturday, May 4
Game 7B - #2 Roger Williams def. #3 Endicott, 11-10 (12 innings) | BOX
Monday, May 6
Game 8A - #4 Salve Regina def. #1 Western New England, 5-3 | BOX
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 - #4 Salve Regina at #2 Roger Williams, 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 11
Game B* - #4 Salve Regina at #2 Roger Williams, Noon
Game C - #4 Salve Regina at #2 Roger Williams(if necessary), 3 p.m.
*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.