If there’s a better way to go into their conference playoffs, the Endicott College baseball team would like to see it.
The Gulls scored a school record 23 runs in one game Saturday and combined for 38 runs in a doubleheader swee of host Salve Regina, winning 15-2 and 23-3 in Newport, R.I.
Endicott has now won seven straight games and 12 of its last 13 contests while finishing in a first place tie atop the Commonwealth Coast Conference at 15-1.
Colin Sitarz (3-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBI), Cody Hall (4-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI) and Matthew Paola (3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBI) all blasted home runs in the opener. Harry Oringer added three runs scored while senior Tyler Hitchcock went the distance on the mound, striking out seven without a walk in improving to 7-0 on the hill.
A 13-run fifth inning blew things open in the second game as Endicott completed its twinbill crushing of the Seahawks. Paola’s second dinger of the day, a three-run shot, highlighted the monster inning; he also had three other hits and scored three times. Endicott also set a school record for a doubles in a game with eight as Rockport’s Conor Ressel (3-for-5, 2 RBI) and Sitarz (3 runs, 3 RBI) both smashed two while Corbin Hyde, Brett Holmgren (3 runs), Michael Cahill and Paola had one each. Oringer scored another three runs in Game 2, and Eric Lemke accomplished a rare steal of home.
ENDICOTT WINS AGAIN ON SUNDAY: Brendan Pittsley went 7 2/3 innings for the win on Sunday as the Gulls blanked UMass Boston, 3-0. In doing so, Pittsley improved to 5-0 on the season. Kevin Dupras recorded the final four outs for his sixth save to complete the shutout. Robert Goldstick’s fifth inning sacrifice fly scored Tad Gold with the eventual game-winning run, while Gold had an RBI single and Ralph Fidaleo an RBI double, both coming in the seventh inning.