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May 6, 2014

Endicott wins conference crown, punches NCAA tourney ticket

The Endicott College baseball team was almost impossible to beat in the Commonwealth Coast Conference this season, and the way the Gulls saw it there was no reason for that to change in the playoffs.

Endicott put the finishing touches on a perfect run through the CCC tournament with a 5-3 win over Western New England yesterday. The Blue-and-Green won the Commonwealth crown for the sixth time, and will be headed to the Division 3 NCAA tournament for the second straight season.

Tad Gold, Matt Paoloa and E.J. Martinez had RBI in the fifth yesterday, where Endicott scored four to help break the game open. J.J Branch scattered seven hits over 6 2/3 innings to improve to 8-1 on the year and earned the win while Tyler Hill didn’t allow a base runner while recording the last seven outs and a save.

Martinez, Gold and Cam Farnham each had two hits for the Gulls and Brett Holmgren and Cody Hall both had one.

Endicott is 30-12, with their third 30-win season in the last four years. The Gulls, who advanced to the New England Regional final a year ago, will find out their next stop when the NCAA seedings are released next Monday.

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