SOMERVILLE, Mass. – The Elms College Blazers secured the season series sweep over the Lynx with a 13-1 win tonight at Trum Field in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action. With the win the Blazers improve to 18-14 on the year and 10-5 in NECC play while the Lynx fall to 13-14 overall and 6-9 in the conference.
Elms starter Curtis LeBeau (Auburn, Mass.) had a strong outing on the hill, going seven innings, giving up seven hits, allowing just the one run, and recording three strikeouts. With the win, the junior improves to 3-3 on the year while lowering his earned-run average to 2.85.
Sophomore Brady Forrest (Hampden, Mass.) had a big night going 3-5 with a double, four RBI, and a run scored while freshman Nolan Medeiros (Taunton, Mass.) finished going 3-6 with three runs scored.
Freshman Casey Blanchard (Bernardston, Mass.) and sophomore Adam Ciampi (Westford, Mass.) each picked up two hits for the Lynx while sophomore catcher David Hersey (Wofleboro, N.H.) went 3-4 with two doubles.
The Blazers posted a run in each of the first two innings before a six-run third blew the game open. The Lynx struggled to record an out as first six batters of the inning all reached with singles. Sam Farnsworth (Westfield, Mass.), Alex King (Lebanon, Conn.), and Steve Fisher (West Boylston, Mass.) all had an RBI in the inning while Aedin Wadja (Lebanon, Conn.) finished the scoring with a single that knocked in two runs.
Wadja finished the night with three hits, two RBI, and a run scored while King went 2-4 with a double, two walks, two RBI, and a runs scored.
The Lynx scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. Blanchard led off with a single and Hersey followed with a double to deep left field, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Sophomore Ryan McQuade (Rochester, N.H.) brought in Blanchard with a ground out to first and Elms killed the Lesley inning when Hersey was tagged out at the plate trying to score on a fly ball to left field.
Elms added a run in the eighth and four more in the ninth to cruise to the 13-1 victory.
Senior Ryan Burnette (Chicopee, Mass.) finished the game for the Blazers in relief, throwing two scoreless innings to wrap it up.
The Lynx will wrap up their regular season with a big three-game set against NECC foe Becker College. The two teams will square off in a doubleheader at Trum Field on Saturday starting at 1:00p before heading out to Becker for one game on Sunday. The Blazers will also be in NECC action on the weekend when they host Daniel Webster College for two on Saturday before playing the series finale in Nashua, N.H. on Sunday.