Bentley outscores Assumption 28-21 in two-game sweep after cooling off mid-season

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By Benjamin Klein

The Bentley baseball had an incredible March, going 13-4 after going into the month 0-7. The Falcons looked to stay hot over the course of April, but dropped two out of three games to St. Anselm to start the month and have lost to Stonehill, split two games with American International and swept two games from Assumption. With still more than one-third of their schedule remaining Bentley looks to stay competitive in the NE-10 and earn a postseason berth.

The Falcons matched up against Stonehill for a one-game stint last Tuesday, trying to take out one of the top teams within the conference and Bentley’s own division. Stonehill would get on the board early after a walk, allowed by junior pitcher JP Ashline, was followed up by a double and a triple that brought home runs and then an RBI-groundout to give the Skyhawks an early 3-0 lead.

Bentley would score their first run in the third inning when sophomore infielder Nate Witkowski singled and then was brought home on a double by sophomore outfielder Sean Keady. In the next inning Bentley would get the leadoff man, junior infielder Logan Gillis, on base after a throwing error on the Stonehill catcher. Gillis would then steal third and later scored on a groundout by senior catcher Kevin Korwek. Stonehill would add an insurance run in the sixth inning and the pitching platoon of Zach Soulier and Michael White preserved the 4-2 victory for the Skyhawks.

A Saturday double-header against AIC was a great opportunity for Bentley to pick up two games in the standings but were only able to win one of the contests, taking the opener 7-2 and losing the finale 12-4. In Saturday’s first game, Bentley would take a 3-0 lead through two innings after an AIC error to start the inning sparked a rally led by senior catcher Greg Baggett who tripled home two runs.

The Falcons would tack on another run in the fourth, two more in the seventh and then another in the eighth to claim a 7-2 lead. Graduate student pitcher Rob Finneran was dominant in eight innings of work, striking out ten while only allowing two runs on seven hits. Freshman pitcher Connor Root would close out AIC in the ninth as Bentley took game one 7-2. Sophomore infielder Will Brennan finished with three hits and two runs in four at-bats.

In the nightcap, Bentley jumped out to a 2-0 lead after freshman outfielder Mike Muir grounded into a double play that scored junior infielder Lamarre Rey and then Gillis drove in Witkowski on a single. The Falcons pitching, which was a combination of junior John Yohe, freshman Ryan O’Connor, sophomore Dante Padovani and freshman Billy Sullivan was not great, allowing a combined 12 runs (11 earned) on 18 hits. Yohe took home his fifth loss of the season as the Falcons fell 12-4 to split the series with AIC. A four-hit fifth inning that scored Baggett and Witkowski was the remainder of the Falcons’ offense on the day.

On Monday, Bentley took another NE-10 foe in Assumption, a team that they would play on Tuesday as well. Assumption held a 5-2 lead after three innings of play after the Grey Hounds scored twice in the first inning and three more times in the third. With Bentley down 6-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Falcons would hope for a late rally and that’s exactly what happened. A triple by Gillis scored both Muir and Keady and then later scored on an Assumption throwing error. Bentley scored their fourth run of the inning when Baggett singled home Korwek who had reached on a fielder’s choice. The Falcons would add an insurance run in the eighth inning on yet another error giving them a 8-4 lead that junior pitcher Jeff Croteau wouldn’t relinquish.

Bentley’s most recent game was easily the most exciting of the season thus far, as 34 combined runs were scored on 39 hits. The Falcons would win the matchup 19-15, scoring 11 runs in the first inning after Assumption had opened the game with four runs of their own. The Grey Hounds would score six runs in the third inning to make the score 12-10 in favor of Bentley, but the Falcons would add runs in the fourth and seventh innings to secure the win. Eight of the nine Bentley position players scored at least one run with Gillis and Johnson each scoring four times. Brennan finished the game 4-for-5 with two runs and four RBI.

The Falcons will travel to New Hampshire to face Franklin Pierce twice on Saturday and once on Sunday. Bentley will then play Stonehill for the fourth and final time during the regular season on Tuesday afternoon. The Falcons will need to win as many games as possible down the stretch in order to claim one of the four Northeast Division spots in the NE-10 playoffs.

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