Baseball Clipped 6-5 in 10-inning NECC Tilt at Becker

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ROCHDALE, Mass. – A standard nine innings could not provide a winner Thursday evening at Rochdale Park as the hosting Becker College Hawks came back to tally a 6-5 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) baseball win over Southern Vermont College after an extra frame.

SVC went on top 5-0 after scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth while batting as the home team. Becker got back in it with four runs in the seventh, and the Hawks then tied it in the eighth. The 5-5 tally would go into the 10th where Becker scratched across a lone run before holding off the Mountaineers for the series sweep.

Southern Vermont (7-24, 5-8 NECC) now gears up for a crucial, three-game weekend set against Mitchell College with the first two contests coming on Saturday when SVC visits the Mariners for a at 12 p.m. doubleheader.

Mountaineer sophomore center fielder Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.) went 3-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored for the visiting team. Freshman second baseman Noah DuBois (Barrington, N.H.) was 2-3 with a walk and three RBI's as junior left fielder Luigi Magliocca (Broadalbin, N.Y.) had a 2-5 showing at the dish with a run batted in.

SVC senior righty Dylan Angelo (Amsterdam, N.Y.) went a strong seven innings with the start, allowing four runs (two earned) while striking out five. Classmate Joshua Hay (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) would get tagged with the loss (2-6) as he struck out two in the final two innings of relief.

Angelo got the Hawks to strand a pair aboard in the top of the first before his team provided a touch of run support in the home half of the frame. Stacey led-off with a double pulled down the left-field line, and a single to left by freshman first baseman Anthony LaBella (Exeter, N.H.) then brought in the opening run of the game.

The Southern Vermont right-handed captain sat the Becker side down in order in the second, and the Mountaineer offense then padded their advantage. With the bases loaded and two down, junior right fielder Niko D'Agnese (Mahopac, N.Y.) tallied an RBI-single to second to put his team on top 2-0.

Angelo continued to roll through the Becker order as he registered his second-straight 1-2-3 inning on the mound. With two outs in the bottom of the third, junior shortstop John Arancio (Oradell, N.J.) poked a run-scoring single into the right-center gap for DuBois to score and make it a three-run advantage for SVC.

Once again, Angelo retired the Hawk side in order as he induced three-straight ground outs in the top of the fourth. After the Mountaineer middle infield turned an inning-ending double play in the fifth, Southern Vermont tacked up another two scores for the five-run lead. With two down, Magliocca singled up the middle to bring DuBois in from third; Stacey followed with an RBI-single to left for Arancio to touch the dish and make it 5-0.

Angelo got out of the sixth unscathed as he forced Becker to strand a pair, but the Hawks finally got on the board in the seventh. A run-scoring double ended the shutout bid, and a single to center plated the second Becker run. With two outs, the Hawks were the beneficiaries of a Mountaineer miscue as two more runs came across home for the deficit to get cut down to one.

SVC left two ducks on the pond in the bottom of the box, and Becker then tied it in the eighth. With two down and the bases loaded, the Hawks tallied an RBI-single to center for the tying run to come in from third. Becker stranded a runner at third in the ninth before getting into serious trouble as Southern Vermont loaded the bases in the bottom of the final frame; the Hawks got out of it, however, with a pop up in foul ground for the game to go to extras.

Becker wasted no time in the 10th as a lead-off homer to right-center put the Hawks on top. Southern Vermont got the tying run to third with two outs as a failed pickoff attempt sent the Mountaineer from first to third, but a fly out to center wrapped it up and gave the hosts the nail-biting victory.