MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME BASEBALL
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Commodore Hendy Field, Buzzards Bay, Mass.
FINAL: MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME 6, COAST GUARD 2
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- Sophomore Daniel Avery (Milford, Mass.) scattered three hits and struck out a career-high 11 over six innings of work to lead Massachusetts Maritime to a 6-2 non-league college baseball victory over Coast Guard Tuesday afternoon at Commodore Hendy Field.
The host Buccaneers (17-10) grabbed an early 1-0 lead in their first at-bat when senior Bobby Rosano (North Reading, Mass.) doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Logan Sullo (Acushnet, Mass.), and Massachusetts Maritime extended that margin to 4-0 in the fifth on Sullo’s RBI double that was sandwiched by a run-scoring infield single off the bat of sophomore Terrence Mudie (Barnstable, Mass.) and a sacrifice fly by sophomore Jake Petruzzelli (Abington, Mass.). The visiting Bears (16-15) got on the board in the sixth on an RBI groundout by senior Blake Thompson (Liberty Hill, Tex.), but the hosts got that run back in the bottom of the frame on freshman William Keane’s (Braintree, Mass.) run-scoring fielder’s choice before closing out their scoring in the seventh on junior Everett Walsh’s (Marstons Mills, Mass.) RBI single. Coast Guard plated its other run of the day in the ninth, as junior Mark Behne (Clifton, Va.) singled, stole second and scored on sophomore Mike Jeffko’s (Barkhamsted, Conn.) single to account for the final margin.
Mudie collected three hits on the day for Massachusetts Maritime, while Walsh rapped out a pair as part of an eight-hit Buccaneer attack. Avery struck out 10 of 13 batters faced in a four-plus inning stretch, as he threw 69 of his 98 pitches for strikes in improving to 2-0 on the season for the hosts, who have won seven of their last eight outings. Behne and Jeffko each had two of Coast Guard’s eight hits in the setback, as freshman Joe Siciliano (Monroe, N.Y.) allowed five hits and a pair of earned runs over the first five innings to fall to 2-3 on the mound for the Bears.
Massachusetts Maritime, which claimed its first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference championship in 33 years last week, is the top seed in the upcoming MASCAC Championships, as the Buccaneers will host either Framingham State or Westfield State in second round play of the double elimination tournament on Friday afternoon at Commodore Hendy Field beginning at 3:00 p.m. Coast Guard closes out its 2015 slate tomorrow afternoon by heading to Norwich, Conn. to take on Mitchell in a non-league match-up at Dodd Stadium that also begins at 3:00 p.m.