On Friday April 13th, New England College hosted Colby-Sawyer for a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader. The Pilgrims would take both games from Colby Sawyer by scores of 8-5 and 9-0. These wins would provide the bounce back from a split doubleheader at Lyndon State on Wednesday for NEC. The sweep improved the Pilgrims record to 19-7 (8-4 NAC), while after losing two games Colby-Sawyer fell to 2-13 (0-4 NAC).
The Pilgrim offense got off to a fast start when Evan Delaney drew a walk and immediately came around to score on a RBI single by Christian Aybar. Aybar would come around to score on an error only a couple batters later and the Pilgrims would hold a 2-0 lead before an out was recorded. Luis Atiles would cap off the three run inning with a sacrifice fly that would score Justin Carey.
The Pilgrims would pick right up where they left off after Delaney doubled to start the second inning, Aybar would drive him in with another RBI single to make the score 4-0. Xavier Nunez would drive in two runs while reaching on a fielder’s choice that would give NEC a 6-0 lead. Once again Luis Atiles would finish off the inning with a RBI single that would score Nunez to make the score 7-0.
Nick Powers got the start on the mound for the Pilgrims and for the most part he pitched very well. He pitched a complete game and only surrendered runs in one inning. In the top of the fourth inning, Colby-Sawyer would string together five hits and an error by NEC would allow them to score five runs to make the score 7-5. However, after the inning Powers would settle down and pitch a scoreless final four innings giving him his sixth win of the season and the Pilgrims an 8-5 victory.
NEC entered the second game of the day looking for a doubleheader sweep for the first time since the opening day of conference play. They did not leave this game up to chance. Shane Audet would get the start for the Pilgrims and he would only allow one hit over his five innings of work. Audet would strike out eight batters and would earn his fifth win of the season on the mound. Christopher States and Brendan Halloran would throw two hitless innings out of the bullpen, as the Pilgrim pitchers would combine for a one hitter.
Jeam Castillo would get the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning for NEC with a single to right field that drove in Xavier Nunez. Later in the inning Jamie Carey would hit a double that scored Castillo and would give the Pilgrims a 2-0 lead. Evan Delaney and Justin Carey would each have RBI hits in the bottom of the second inning before Nunez would deliver a two-run homerun that would put the score well out of reach at 6-0. The Pilgrims would scratch across three more runs in the third inning on a balk and pair of wild pitches that would set up what would be the final score of 9-0.
With the two victories, NEC has the best overall record of anyone in the North Atlantic Conference and is tied with Castleton for the most conference wins. Up next for the Pilgrims is a nonconference doubleheader against Keene State at home on Sunday afternoon.