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March 31, 2014

Rolling Start: Endicott baseball wins first two league games

When a baseball team is feeling good about itself, the ball flies off the bat and the runs pour onto the scoreboard.

That’s certainly been the case lately for Endicott College, which followed up Friday’s momentous 16-7 win over national No. 5 Southern Maine by sweeping Eastern Nazarene in a doubleheader to begin Commonwealth Coast Conference play Saturday.

Winners of seven straight, the Gulls (9-2 overall) will host Salve Regina in a double dip this afternoon.

Saturday, Endicott completed the sweep with a 4-3 extra innings win on the heels of a 16-3 drubbing in the opener. In the nightcap, Brett Holmgren’s eighth inning homer broke a 3-3 tie to lift the Gulls, who saw Connor McLaughlin close it down with 3.2 innings of work.

Endicott was playing at home, but batted first because the games were moved from Eastern Nazarene due to field conditions.

Cody Hall, Josh Drew and E.J. Martinez also had RBI in the eight inning win.

The opener was punctuated by Martinez, who hit a grand slam, totaled five RBI and now has 11 RBI in his last three games. Second baseman Harry Oringer and shortstop Matt Paolo each had three RBI and Tyler Hill earned his second win of the spring with four innings of work.

 

 

 

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