Final Score: Dean College 8 Newbury College 2 (Game 1)| Newbury College 9, Dean College 8 (Game 2)
Records: Dean College (9-22, 6-6 NECC), Newbury College (6-20, 3-9 NECC)
Location: Longley Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Friday, April 19, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM
The Dean College Bulldogs split a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) doubleheader on Friday, knocking off Newbury 8-2 in the opener before falling 9-8 in the nightcap.
Bulldog ace Jason Bottone (Derby Conn.) tossed a complete game four-hitter to guide Dean to an 8-2 victory in the opening game. After giving up one hit and two runs in the second inning, the junior lefty settled down, mowing down the Nighthawk lineup for the final five innings and allowing only three more hits.
Andrew Dirito (Plymouth, Mass.) plated two with a single in the fifth to tie the game and give the Bulldogs momentum. Dean added six more runs in the sixth inning, starting with an RBI double from Landon Fish (New Port Richey, Fla.) that drove in Matthew Troy (Norwalk, Conn.).
RBI singles from Travis Dinsdale (Worcester, Mass.) and Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.) followed, before a Jeff Sharnick (Stratford, Conn.) sacrifice fly and Hadden advancing on a wild pitch rounded out the scoring.
Poor fielding doomed the Bulldogs in the second game of the doubleheader, as Dean allowed nine runs with only two of them earned. Gaten Davis (Anchorage, Alaska) started the game and pitched 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs (one earned) while surrendering eight hits. He struck out three. Alex Belanger (Southbridge, Mass.) registered the loss, pitching the final two innings and allowing two hits and one run (unearned).
Dean jumped on the Nighthawks early, scoring five runs in the opening frame on RBI's doubles from Troy and Fish, and RBI singles from Sharnick, Dirito, and Rolando Marcano (Bridgeport, Conn.).
The score held until the fourth inning when Newbury responded with six runs of their own to take the lead. Dean answered back, scoring on a wild pitch to knot the contest at six, but Newbury pulled in front in the last two innings and held on for the win.
Dean travels to Mass. Maritime on Monday for a 3:30 p.m. non-league game.