WATERBURY, Conn. (May 11, 2017) -- Dominican College and Chestnut Hill College each picked up a pair of impressive wins on Thursday on the first day of the double-elimination portion of the 2017 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Championship at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury, Conn. By winning their respective contests, the teams advanced to the winner's bracket and will face each other on Friday at 12 p.m., with the winner punching its ticket to a spot in Saturday's championship final.
Sixth-seeded Dominican pulled off a 4-0 win over second-seeded Wilmington University, while fourth-seeded CHC collected a 13-3 triumph over eighth-seeded Philadelphia University. While DC & CHC could sit back and relax the rest of the day on Thursday, WilmU and PhilaU had to return to Municipal in the evening for an elimination contest, which was claimed by the Wildcats, 11-7. Wilmington will now await the loser of Friday's first contest, as that game will be staged at 3 p.m., and will be an elimination game.
#6 DOMINICAN 4, #2 WILMINGTON 0 // Boxscore
Brett Schneider tossed a three-hit, complete-game shutout with five strikeouts to lead the Chargers to the opening win over WilmU. He faced only 33 batters, walked just two and tossed just 117 pitches over his impressive nine innings of work.
While Schneider was dealing on the mound, Anthony Bartolomei was hitting at the dish, as he was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Joshua Colon was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. The Chargers plated a pair of runs in the fourth inning on Justin Decker's RBI sacrifice fly and Colon's run-scoring, two-base hit. Bartolomei knocked in a run with an infield hit in the fifth and Jayson Gray laced an RBI single back up through the middle of the infield in the sixth.
Sean Deely got the start on the mound for the Wildcats, but was tagged with the loss after yielding four runs (2 earned) on nine hits over 5.2 innings of work. Mike Annone had one of WilmU's three hits, as he smacked a double late in the contest.
#4 CHESTNUT HILL 13, #8 PHILADELPHIA 3 // Boxscore
Six Ram errors and timely hitting enabled the Griffins to score three times in the third, three more in the fourth and five times in the fifth to open up a commanding advantage on the way to heading to the winner's bracket.
Alec Craig, Brandon Dibona and Matthew Owens each knocked in a pair of runs for Chestnut Hill, while five Griffins logged multi-hit games, including a 4-for-5 effort with an RBI and two runs scored from Eric Gilham.
Patrick Kelley got the start on the mound for CHC and worked six solid innings by yielding just a run and four hits with five strikeouts to pick up the win. Kelley's mound counterpart, Jonathan Gottschall, took the hard-luck loss by going just three innings and allowing three runs (none earned) on five hits.
Matt McGee doubled in a run in the second inning to stake Philadelphia to an early 1-0 lead, but Chestnut Hill rallied with 13-consecutive runs after that to put the game away.
#2 WILMINGTON 11, #8 PHILADELPHIA 7 // Boxscore
WilmU opened up an early 8-1 lead after four innings, but PhilaU responded with four tallies in the sixth to pull within 8-5. However, the Wildcats were able to tack on some insurance runs over the final few innings to keep their season alive.
Dan Hyatt belted a pair of doubles and drove in four runs, while Julian Kurych tripled as part of a 2-for-5 effort with two runs knocked in. Jesse Long doubled and had a pair of RBI as well for the Wildcats.
Jeff Briggs was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in for the Rams.
Wilmington starter Chuck Delagol went 5.1 innings to earn the win, as he allowed four runs and three hits, but did strike out five. PhilaU starter Casey O'Donnell went 2.1 innings and was saddled with the loss by giving up seven runs (only 4 earned) on seven hits.
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.