Against Babson, DeMedeiros, Lavallee swat first career home runs
By Jonathan Mizger/Sports Information Staff
MANSFIELD, Conn. -- In the tenth baseball meeting between non-conference foes, the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors (14-8-1) stormed by the Babson Beavers (11-10), 10-1, with the help of first career home runs from two players Monday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.
At left: Brent Pelella (Photo by David Santerre).
Up 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning and hitting in the ninth spot in the lineup for the eighth time this season, Warrior sophomore catcher Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, MA) hit his first home run of his career with a solo shot to right field. DeMedeiros finished the game 2-for-4 and had one stolen base.
Leading 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning and hitting in the sixth spot in the lineup for the second time this season, junior designated hitter Gavin Lavallee (New Milford) hit his first home run of his career with a two run blast to left field. Lavallee went 1-for-3 in the game with two RBI and scored a run. Lavallee's current hitting streak is at six games this season.
Eastern senior second baseman Drew Accomando (Monroe) went 3 for 4 with an RBI double, two singles, and scored twice. Eastern sophomore leftfielder Kyle Hart (Guilford) went 2-for-2 in the game with two RBI and a run scored and also set the tone defensively when he turned completely around while chasing a long drive and snagged it for the final out of the second inning which preserved Eastern's early 1-0 lead.
Eastern sophomore right-handed pitcher Brent Pelella (Southbury) went seven innings allowing five hits, one unearned run, and two walks and struck out five. With runners on first and third in the top of the second inning with one out, Pelella (2-0) forced Babson designated hitter Sean MacPhee to fly out to first and second baseman John Botelho to fly out to the infield. With the help of its defense, the Warriors held the Beavers scoreless in the first five innings. In his third game as a starting pitcher, Pelella lowered his earned run average to a staff-best 0.71.
In his first start of the season, Babson sophomore lefty Nick Malatos went four innings allowing ten hits, six earned runs, four walks, and struck out one. Babson freshman pitcher Bennett Deady lasted three innings, giving up four hits, three runs, one walk, and struck out one.
Babson third baseman Chris Kucher went 2-for-3 in the game with a double and a run scored.
Eastern has now won four straight games against Babson and leads the series, 8-2.
Eastern snapped its three-game losing streak after falling to Salve Regina University and the University of Southern Maine in a doubleheader.
Eastern starts a four-game road trip Wednesday when it travels to Bridgewater State University at 3:30 p.m. Eastern's next home game is on April 16th against Little East Conference rival Western Connecticut State University at 3 p.m.