Game 1 Score: Becker College 10, Dean College 1
Game 2 Score: Becker College 10, Dean College 4
Records: Becker College (15-11, 7-1 NECC), Dean College (8-21, 3-7 NECC)
Location: Everett Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM
Becker College used standout pitching and a homerun swing to sweep a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball doubleheader with host Dean College on Sunday afternoon. The two victories for the Hawks spoiled a Senior Day celebration for Bulldog seniors Danielle Dumont (Nashua, N.H.), Courtney Holden (Bridgeport, Conn.) and Michele Sessa (Tewksbury, Mass.).
Game 1: Becker College 10, Dean College 1
Becker broke open a scoreless game with five runs in the third inning – including back-to-back bombs by Sarah Ellis and Vasia Murphy – on their way to a convincing 10-1 triumph in the opener.
Ellis' blast was a three-run shot to left and was immediately followed by Murphy's solo blast to almost the exact same spot.
Two batters later, Kelsey Weston launched a solo homerun to left as well, staking the Hawks to a five-run advantage.
Emily Iacovelli sent a ball sailing over the left field wall in the fourth and when Samantha Belenchia single in the fifth, Becker was in front, 7-0.
Three more runs came home for the Hawks in the sixth before Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) smacked an RBI double in the bottom of the frame, but by then it was too late.
Ashley Veillette allowed just four hits and one earned run to pick up her ninth win of the season for Becker, who got two hits and four RBI from Ellis.
Game 2: Becker College 10, Dean College 4
The Hawks jumped out to an early 3-0 edge before the Bulldogs got on the board in the third on a Karissa Menzinger (Centereach, N.Y.) single to left that plated Rios-Nevarez.
Becker put up single runs in the fourth and fifth to go in front 5-1, but Dean answered back when Ali Nelson (Candia, N.H.) crushed a two-run homerun to dead center field in the bottom of the fifth – her second in as many days.
Any thoughts of a Bulldog comeback were quickly dashed when the Hawks scored five runs in the top of the sixth, highlighted by another RBI hit from Ellis.
Lauren Niemann had three hits and three RBI in the nightcap for the Hawks, who also got three RBI from Liz Simonian without her getting a hit.
Dean is back in action on Thursday when they host Elms College beginning at 3:00 PM.