WILMINGTON, Del. (May 7, 2010) - Dominican College and Post University will play for the 2010 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Championship Saturday at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Del. The Chargers are 2-0 in the tournament, thus Post must defeat the Chargers twice Saturday to earn the title. Dominican needs just one win to take home the crown. The action will begin at 11:00 am. The winner will receive the CACC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament.
Dominican (27-15) defeated Post, 11-7, Friday afternoon to remain unbeaten in the tournament, winning a wild affair while pounding out 20 hits. Two Chargers, who are the No. 2 seed for the tournament, recorded four hits on the afternoon in leadoff hitter Sean Burke and second baseman Mario Lopez. Freshman DH Tony Blake went 3-for-4 with three runs and four RBI and one double. He produced an RBI double in the first inning to get things started for DC. Dominican nearly put things out of reach with four runs in the seventh to extend to an 11-4 lead, but Post (24-20) made things interesting with three runs of its own in the seventh. However, Charger sophomore Justin Moore ended the rally by working a perfect final 1.2 innings.
Post, the No. 5 seed, rebounded from that defeat to get past top seeded Wilmington University for the second time in the tournament, eliminating the Wildcats with an 8-4 win in the day's final contest.
Trailing 1-0 entering the fifth inning, Post erupted for four runs while taking advantage of a Wilmington fielding error. Sophomore catcher Russell Sirko drove in two of those runs with a double deep over the center fielder's head.
Wilmington responded with three runs in the seventh to cut the lead to one, 5-4, but it could have been much worse for Post. Having already allowed three runs, the Eagles got out of jam when Wilmington had runners on first and third with one out. Post escaped more damage when Wilmington popped up a bunt that pitcher Richie Pierro turned into a double play, doubling off the runner on first.
Pierro went the distance and allowed 10 hits and three earned runs to improve to 5-2 this season. Six Eagles recorded at least two hits in the 17-hit barrage. Lead-off batter Todd Blair led the way with a 3-for-6 performance, while Travis Locascio went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI. Locascio helped put the game away with a 2-run triple in the top of the ninth.
Wilmington staved off elimination in the first game of the day, sending No. 3 Felician College (26-24) home with a 4-0 victory. Junior right-hander Kurt Bruce threw a gem for the Wildcats, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning before FC freshman Joe Petosa broke it up with a double with one out. Bruce rebounded to strike out the next two batters and finished with a complete game 1-hitter. He struck out five and issued two walks.
Wilmington scored a run in the first inning on a single by sophomore catcher Mike Godwin, and another two runs in the third, which was more than enough for Bruce. Victor Monteagudo had a solid outing for Felician, surrendering only two earned runs in 6.2 innings of work.
2010 CACC Baseball Tournament, hosted by Wilmington University
Tuesday, May 4
(Single-Elimination Games at Higher-Seed)
Game 1 - #3 Felician 7, #6 Chestnut Hill 4
Game 2 - #5 Post 7, #4 Concordia 2
Thursday, May 6 (Double Elimination, at Wilmington's Wilson Field)
Game 3 – Post 4, #1 Wilmington 2
Game 4 - #2 Dominican 3, #3 Felician 2
Friday, May 7 (Frawley Stadium)
Game 5 – Wilmington 4, Felician 0
Game 6 – Dominican 11, Post 7
Game 7 - Post 8, Wilmington 4
Saturday, May 8 (Frawley Stadium)
Game 8 - Dominican vs. Post - 11:00 am
Game 9 - (if necessary) - 2:00 pm