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Western New England Wins Neighborhood Baseball Battle, 10-1

Mike Corletta Box Score

Springfield, Mass. -- March 28, 2012 --Junior shortstop Kyle McKelvey went 4-for-5 to lead his Western New England University baseball team to a 10-1 non-conference victory over local rival Springfield College this afternoon at SC's Berry-Allen Field. With the win, the Golden Bears are now 8-6, while SC falls to 8-5.

WNE took command of this contest from the start and then kept chipping away with one-run innings -- six in all -- in keeping up the pressure. The Golden Bears added four more runs in the ninth to close it out. WNE had 16 hits overall and did not commit an error.

For Springfield, sophomore third baseman Frank Calabrese (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) and senior second baseman Mike Corletta (Westtown, N.Y.) each had two hits. SC had eight hits all told.

For the Golden Bears, sophomore Brendan Nugent (Milford, Conn.), the second of three pitchers, picked up the victory and is now 3-0. Nugent pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up just three hits and the one run. He struck out two, walked one, and hit a batter.

Nugent relieved junior right-hander Kevin Jefferis (Cheshire, Conn.) after Jefferis pitched 3 1/3 innings. Senior Mike Lawlor (Windsor, Conn.) then hurled a hitless ninth.

WNE scored singletons in the first, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings -- taking a 6-0 lead. SC scored one in the eighth, before WNE capped it with four more in the ninth.

In the first inning, sophomore center-fieder Jeff Schult singled to center. He would ultimately come around to score on an error and on a single by junior third baseman Mike Rubino (Northford, Conn.).

In the fourth inning, WNE scored on a sacrifice fly by junior second baseman Tim Clark (West Springfield, Mass.).

In the SC eighth inning, SC scored its only run when Calabrese doubled down the left-field line and advanced to third on a ground out. Corletta then knocked him home with a ground out to third.

Besides McKelvey's four hits, which included two doubles, four other Golden Bears produced two hits apiece. They were sophomore first baseman Steve Ambrosino (Laurel Hollow, N.Y.), Rubino, junior right-fielder Matt Anthonis (Guilford, Conn.), and Clark.

For SC, the starter and loser was sophomore right-hander Eric Chase (Vernon, Conn.), who is now 1-2. Chase gave up three runs (only one of which was earned) and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out one and walked three.

The Pride will next play tomorrow (Thursday) at Westfield State at 3:30 pm.

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