NEC Baseball to Head to Southern Maine for NCAA Regionals

NEC Baseball to Head to Southern Maine for NCAA Regionals

GORHAM, ME – The New England College baseball heads to the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time in program history. The Gorham Regional will consist of four teams, where a double-elimination tournament will be held from Friday, May 17th through Sunday, May 19th. The Pilgrims with takes on No. 2 seeded University of Southern Maine on Friday, May 17th at Ed Flaherty Field at 12:00 p.m.

Baseball Regional
 
New England College
THE SEASON TO THIS POINT 
Record: 25-15 (10-6 NECC) 5-5 at home, 11-8 on the road, 9-2 at a neutral site

-They head into the NCAA tournament on a seven-game win streak after sweeps of Elms College and Newbury College before winning going 3-0 in the NECC playoffs
-NEC pitching staff is ranked in the top 10 nationally with hits allowed per nine innings (7.64), On-base percentage (.431), and slugging percentage (.502).
-The Pilgrims have outscored their opponents by a 325-188 margin. NEC's pitching staff have struck out 300 batters to this point in the season.
 
STATISTICS
Average: Xavier Nunez (.411), Evan Delaney (.408), Luis Atiles (.403)
Hits: Christian Aybar (54), Luis Atiles (52), Xavier Nunez (51)
Home runs: Connor Morin (7), Evan Delaney (7), Christian Aybar (4), Nick Powers (4)
RBI: Connor Morin (41), Evan Delaney (40), Christian Aybar (31)
Stolen Bases: Evan Delaney (17), Christian Aybar (13), Luis Atiles (11)
Wins: Nick Powers (6), Stanley Vargas (5),  Shayne Audet (4), Joseph Pascucci (4)
Saves: Manuel Alejandro (2), Dylan Champagne (2)
ERA: Colby Howe (0.00), Nick Powers (2.05), Jameson Carey (2.17),
Innings: Stanley Vargas (50.0), Nick Powers (44.0), Shayne Audet (40.0)
Strikeouts: Shayne Audet (76), Stanley Vargas (44), Nick Powers (38)
 
PLAYOFF HISTORY
2016: did not qualify
2017: wins over Northern Vermont University-Lyndon (11-8) and Husson University (8-5) put the Pilgrims straight to the NAC Championship. However, Castleton won two games (9-3, 7-6) in the NAC Championship to win the NAC.
2018: loss to Northern Vermont University-Lyndon (6-5) to put them in loser's bracket before bouncing back to eliminate University of Maine-Farmington (12-0) and Northern Vermont University-Lyndon (11-2). The Pilgrims and Castleton University met for the second-straight year in the NAC Championship. The Spartans won 22-5.
2019: After dispatching Lesley University (5-2) in the opening round of the NECC Championship, the Pilgrims defeated top-seeded Mitchell College (5-0, 2-1) to capture their first conference championship in program history.
 
Overall NECC Playoff record: 3-0
Overall NAC Playoff record: 4-4
 

 
No. 3 University of Southern Maine 
THE SEASON TO THIS POINT 
Record: 34-7 (14-2 LEC) 15-0 at home, 10-5 on the road, 9-2 at a neutral site

-The Huskies are one of the perennial powers of the New England Region, as they have been to the NCAA tournament 25 times over the last 33 years, and have won the Division III National Championship in 1991 and 1997. 
-The two-time national champions have been ranked in the top 15 all year and started to receive first-place votes on March 24th.
-As a pitching staff, USM leads all of Division III, allowing just under seven hits per game (6.83). The Huskies also rank in the top 10 in triples (22) and walk/hits per inning pitched (1.21).  
 
STATISTICS
Average: Jake Dexter (.376), Andrew Hillier (.357), Andrew Olszak (.355)
Hits: Jake Dexter (67), Andrew Olszak (61), Andrew Hillier (60)
Home runs: Sam Troiano (8), Andrew Hillier (5), Devin Warren (5)
RBI: Zach Quintal (44), Devin Warren (40), Jake Dexter (32)
Stolen Bases: Zach Quintal (16), Devin Warren (15), Sam Troiano (8)
Wins: Ben Lambert (9), Gage Feeney (6), Joshua Joy (5)
Saves: Jake Dexter (8), Henry Curran (2)
ERA: Ben Lambert (1.14), Henry Curran (1.28), Jake Dexter (2.08)
Innings: Ben Lambert (63.0), Gage Feeney (50.0), Henry Curran (42.1)
Strikeouts: Ben Lambert (62), Dalton Rice (48), Henry Curran (47)
 
PLAYOFF HISTORY
2016: Southern Maine were swept out of the Little East Conference tournament after losing to Eastern Connecticut State (13-6) and UMass Boston (5-3).
2017: After picking up the No. 1 seed in the LEC tournament, the Huskies dropped the opening game to Keene State (5-4). Southern Maine quickly rebounded, as they defeated both Rhode Island College (8-4) and Eastern Connecticut State (5-3), before eventually falling to UMass Dartmouth (6-3).
2018: USM fell in both games of the Little East Conference tournament to Rhode Island College (7-3) and then UMass Boston (6-1). After earning an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament, the Huskies downed both Amherst (3-2) and Salisbury (1-0) before galling to Swarthmore (9-6). Southern Maine bounced SUNY Cortland (12-10, 10 Innings) in the losers' bracket, before falling to Swarthmore (9-3).
2019: Opened the LEC tournament with a win over Castleton (5-3), before falling to Eastern Connecticut State 4-1. In their third game of the tournament, the Huskies bounced Rhode Island College (3-1) before losing to UMass Boston 2-0.
Overall LEC Playoff record: 55-34
  
The State University of New York at Oswego
THE SEASON TO THIS POINT 
Record: 29-12 (14-4 SUNYAC) 10-1 at home, 6-8 on the road, 13-3 at neutral sites

-Earned their third straight birth to the NCAA Tournament, third consecutive SUNYAC title.
-Lost four games in SUNYAC play which game in game one of a three-game series to Brockport and they were swept in a three-game series by Cortland.
-Longest winning streak of the season was nine games with a doubleheader sweep of Canton and Clarkson before winning all three of a three-game series with Oneonta. Rounded out the winning streak with a doubleheader sweep of Alfred State.
-Currently on a seven-game win streak entering the NCAA Regional.
 
STATISTICS
Average: Nick Chilson (.367), Ryan Enos (.359), Ryan Weiss (.349)
Hits: Ryan Enos (56), Lukas Olsson (47), Brandon Nicholson (44)
Home runs: Mike Dellicarri (7), Ryan Enos (5), Lukas Olsson (5)
RBI: Lukas Olsson (41), Mike Dellicarri (38), Ryan Enos (38)
Stolen Bases: Brandon Nicholson (29), Ryan Enos (13), Mike Dellicarri (11)
Wins: Nick DeMarco (6), Brian Nolan (6), Matt Bowman (4)
ERA: Jake Jacobs (2.29), Mike Di Salvo (2.31), Nick DeMarco (2.70)
Innings: Nick DeMarco (60.0), Brian Nolan (52.1), Kieran Finnegan (36.1)
Strikeouts: Brian Nolan (61), Nick DeMarco (58), Matt Bowman (34)
 
PLAYOFF HISTORY
2016: started the tournament off with a loss to Brockport (10-8) before finding wins over Brockport (9-8) and Fredonia (3-2). They were eliminated by Cortland (3-1) in the championship but earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. They won their opener over Eastern Connecticut State (3-2), fell to Tufts University (2-0), then eliminated Wheaton College (2-0) and Salem State University (7-3). They were eliminated by Tufts in the regional championship, 7-1.
2017: qualified to the NCAA New York Regional after earning the SUNYAC Automatic Qualifier. Earned wins over Ithaca College (11-10), Tufts University (1-0), and University of Southern Maine (6-4). They fell to Southern Maine in game one of the regional championship, 7-6, before winning 9-4. However, they fell to Roanoke College (8-7) and Concordia University (9-4) in the NCAA DIII World Series.
2018: beat New Paltz (4-3) before losing to Cortland (2-1). Won three straight elimination games to earn the SUNYAC Championship, New Paltz (4-2) and Cortland (15-2, 14-4). Earned wins over Suffolk University (13-3), Keystone College (2-0), and Umass Boston (11-4, 10-4) to earn a spot in the NCAA Division III College World Series. However, they fell to the University of Texas at Tyler (10-5) and Randolph-Macon College (11-4).
2019: wins over Fredonia (5-2), Oneonta (5-2), and Cortland (11-7) earned the SUNYAC Championship.
 
Overall SUNYAC Playoff record: 15-9

 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
THE SEASON TO THIS POINT 
Record: 22-17-1 (9-8 NEWMAC) 4-5-1 at home, 14-11 on the road, 4-1 at neutral sites

-returned to the NCAA tournament with their third conference championship.
-dropped eight games in NEWMAC play with a loss to Springfield College, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Clark University. They lost twice to Wheaton College and three times to Babson College.
-Their longest winning streak was four games which came in a three-game sweep of Emerson College and an 11-inning win over Endicott College.
-They are winners of five of their last six contests headed into the regional.
 
STATISTICS
Average: Matt Johnston (.383), Andrew Krause (.321), Thomas Allison (.317)
Hits: Matt Johnston (67), Thomas Allison (51), Andrew Krause (50)
Home runs: Thomas Allison (11), Matt Johnston (10), Andrew Krause (5)
RBI: Matt Johnston (54), Thomas Allison (52), Andrew Krause (36)
Stolen Bases: Jared Schwait (22), Matt Johnston (17), Cory O'Shea (11)
Wins: Patrick Callahan (6), Zack Kopstein (4), Casey Bussone (3), Tommy Hannan (3)
ERA: Patrick Callahan (2.15), Casey Bussone (3.21), Tommy Hannan (3.79)
Innings: Patrick Callahan (71.2), Casey Bussone (67.2), Zack Kopstein (39.0)
Strikeouts: Casey Bussone (67), Patrick Callahan (65), Tommy Hannan (38)
 
PLAYOFF HISTORY
2016: lost a three-game series with Babson College (11-8, 6-0, 16-13), winning game two.
2017: wins over Clark University (7-4) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (17-9, 9-5) put them in the championship series however they fell to Babson College (3-2, 14-8) twice in the championship.
2018: won game their first game over Springfield College (5-0) before falling to Babson College (7-3) and Clark University (6-5).
2019: wins over Springfield College (7-6), Wheaton College (10-8), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (10-0) sent the Engineers into the NEWMAC Championship. They dropped the first game to Babson College 9-6 before winning the winner-take-all game two which they won 8-2.
 
Overall NEWMAC Playoff record: 33-32
 

Release courtesy of NEC Sports Information