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Royce Pitches In N. E. College All-Star Game

College Division 9, University Division 6

BOSTON, May 30, 2004 -- Springfield College right-hander Todd Royce (Chester, N.H.) hurled one inning in the New England College Baseball All-Star Game at Fenway Park.

Royce, who was the lone SC representative in the game, struck out two and allowed one run in the eighth inning as the College Division defeated the University Division, 9-6. A two-time All-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) selection, Royce registered a 4-1 record with a 2.77 earned-run average this season. He ranked third in the NEWMAC in earned-run average and fifth in winning percentage (.750).

In Sunday's game, Franklin Pierce College junior catcher Eric Cavers went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored to help the College Division win its second-straight meeting, and third in the last four years, with the University Division.

Cavers led off the fourth with a single and scored on a triple to deep center by Williams College first baseman Jabe Bergeron. That was part of a three-run inning that gave the College Division the lead for good at 4-3. The College Division went up 7-3 in the fifth with three more runs, including one scored by Cavers after he singled. He was named the Louisville Slugger Most Valuable Player of the Game.

The University Division, made up of Division I All-Stars, had taken a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third with back-to-back home runs by Boston College centerfielder Jason Delaney and UConn designated hitter Jeff Hourigan. Delaney finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in.

Three home runs overall were hit into the Monster seats, including a solo shot by University of Southern Maine third baseman Brian Marshall for the College Division in the top of the seventh. The game also featured three triples and 11 extra base hits in total.

Southern Connecticut pitcher Brian Forgione was awarded the victory with a scoreless inning of relief in the seventh. Stonehill’s Brian Nelson earned the save with the only 1-2-3 inning of the game in the bottom of the ninth.

Harvard's Trey Hendricks was 3-for-3 with an RBI, while URI first baseman Dan Batz was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
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