Game 1 Score: Dean College 8, Mitchell College 6
Game 2 Score: Mitchell College 6, Dean College 2
Records: Dean College (6-13, 3-1 NECC), Mitchell College (15-6, 3-1 NECC)
Location: Longley Athletic Complex, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM
Game 1: Dean College 8, Mitchell College 6
Dean scored runs in each of the first three innings to take a commanding 8-0 lead and then the combination of Jason Bottone (Derby, Conn.) and Alex Belanger (Southbridge, Mass.) helped the Bulldogs hang on to top Mitchell 8-6 in the twinbill opener.
After they scored an unearned run in the first, Dean got four in the second on RBI singles from Travis Dinsdale (Worcester, Mass.) and Ben Chajet (Hillsboro Beach, Fla.) and then a two-run base hit from Jeff Sharnick (Stratford, Conn.) that made the score 5-0.
Things tightened up in the fifth inning when the Mariners scored six runs – only three of which were earned.
Belanger came in to throw the final 2.1 innings for Dean, allowing just two hits to collect second career save.
Dinsdale and Chajet each had two hits for the Bulldogs while Sharnick drove in a pair. For Bottone, meanwhile, he earns his second straight victory on the mound after tossing 4.2 innings to improve to 2-1.
Game 2: Mitchell College 6, Dean College 2
The Mariners took advantage of five Dean errors to earn a twinbill split with the Bulldogs as they took the nightcap, 6-2.
Dean's Gaten Davis (Anchorage, Alaska) tossed 4.2 innings, scattering five hits and allowed just one earned run but wound up taking the loss despite his second straight strong outing.
Mitchell took a 2-0 lead in the third after plating a pair of unearned runs, but the Bulldogs sliced that lead in half when Reilly singled, moved to second on a wild pitch then raced home on a Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.) hit to center.
Two more unearned runs came in for the Mariners in the fifth, but the Bulldogs were able to cut into their advantage again when Hadden scored an unearned run in the bottom of the frame.
That would be as close as Dean would get as Mitchell tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh off of reliever Ethan Bernardo (Pawtucket, R.I.).
Dean actually had more hits in the second game that the Mariners (7-6), led by Hadden who went 3-for-3 but Roland Thivierge was stellar on the mound for Mitchell, tossing a complete game with nine strikeouts to improve to 6-0.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Sunday when they face Lesley University in an NECC doubleheader at Clark University beginning at 12:00 PM.