NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Mitchell College baseball team finished with 27 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Lesley University on Sunday afternoon, winning by scores of 13-4 and 11-4 in New England Collegiate Conference play at Alumni Field.
With the wins, the Mariners have secured no worse than a second place finish in the NECC standings. Mitchell is currently a half-game behind Becker College for first place, and the team that finishes atop the conference will earn the right to host the upcoming NECC Championship.
Mitchell (18-11-1 overall, 11-6 NECC) and Lesley (10-14 overall, 9-8 NECC) will wrap up their three-game series on Tuesday, April 29.
Game 1 – Mitchell 13, Lesley 4
Mitchell picked up two runs on four hits in the second inning. Evan Peck (Shelton, Conn./Shelton) led off with a single and later scored on a ball put into play by Garcia. Blaze Iannetti (Middlesex, N.J./Middlesex) then delivered a two-out RBI single through the right side of the infield to drive in Garcia.
The Mariners added a run in the third, as Marc Dorsi (West Haven, Conn./West Haven) led off with a single and stole second base to move into scoring position. Olszewski followed with a single to right, and Dorsi beat the throw to the plate to make it a 3-0 Mitchell lead.
Dorsi was the catalyst once again as Mitchell bumped the lead to six with a three-run fifth inning. He reached base on a one-out single before swiping his second bag of the day, and Olszewski brought him home with a double to the fence in right-center. Nova Crespo (New London, Conn./New London) added an RBI single up the middle, and Garcia knocked in a run with a double to left-center to complete the rally.
A double by Gavin LaLima (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) and singles by Olszewski and Jeff Dowling (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) all plated runs for the Mariners in a seven-run sixth in which 12 batters came to the plate.
Shamas was on cruise control through six innings but came out a bit rusty in the seventh after sitting through Mitchell's extended rally. Lesley took advantage, loading the bases with no outs before Casey Blanchard (Bernardston, Mass./Pioneer Valley) unleashed a two-run single to left-center. The Lynx also scored runs on a ground out by Adam Ciampi (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) and a passed ball, but Shamas closed out the game to improve to 7-2 on the season.
Shamas, who allowed three earned runs on seven hits, finished the regular season 6-0 in NECC play for the second straight season. John Gosnell (Toronto, Calif./York School) suffered the loss for Lesley, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits over 5.0 innings.
Game 2 – Mitchell 11, Lesley 4
Mitchell's offense picked up right where it left off, sending a total of 11 batters to the plate in the first inning and pushing across seven runs. The first three Mariners reached base safely to set the stage, and a pair of Lesley errors added fuel to the fire. Olszewski, Garcia and Arroyo all recorded RBI singles in the frame while Iannetti added a sacrifice fly and LaLima contributed an RBI groundout.
The Mariners tacked on three runs in the second inning, the first coming on a double to left-center by Crespo that scored Peck from first base. Garcia then followed with a two-run shot over the left field fence for his first home run of the season.
Arroyo went yard in the fourth to increase the Mitchell lead to 11-0. The solo blast over the left field fence was his team-leading third home run of the season.
Lesley got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the sixth. Slaby plated the first run with a sacrifice fly to right, and Tyler Plourd (Canton, Conn./Canton) added an RBI double to the warning track in left. The Lynx then drew three straight walks to open the seventh and pushed across two more runs thanks to a groundball by Blanchard and a sacrifice fly by Kevin Hopwood (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region).
Matt O'Donnell (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) was charged with the loss for the Lynx, as he falls to 1-2 on the year. Koby Mitchell (Fall River, Mass./Bishop Connolly) tossed 2.0 innings of scoreless relief and did not yield a hit.