Though nobody was particularly dominant, Franklin Pierce University received solid pitching performances across the board on its way to its league record sixth NE10 Conference championship, defeating Merrimack College, 3-0.
Ryan Covelle started and earned the win on the mound, pitching four innings of two-hit ball while striking out three. Anthony Matarazzo and Evan Glew picked up the slack from there, tossing two frames apiece before giving way to Zach Hart for the save. In all, Ravens pitchers allowed nine hits but managed to strand 11 Warriors base runners.
Offensively, John Mead, Ural Forbes and Zach Landry recorded an RBI each for the Ravens, with Jethro Hurt, Joel Lara and Dylan Jones scoring the FPU runs.
Due to the tournament’s double-elimination format, the Ravens had to beat Merrimack twice on Saturday. They won the first game 8-5.
FPU awaits Sunday night’s selection show at 10 p.m. on NCAA.com to find out who it will play in the first round of the NCAA Division II tournament.
Plymouth State 19, New England College 3: In Medford, Mass., the Panthers responded to a 1-1 start with 14 unanswered goals and took a 15-1 lead into halftime. Goffstown’s Sydney Dubois and Melvin Village’s Elizabeth McLaughlin each scored three of their game-high four goals in the opening half. Tara Bainbridge led NEC with two goals while Atkinson’s Meghan Oliver had one.
PSU advances to play No. 4 Tufts in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
That game will be played Sunday at Tufts’ Bello Field at 1 p.m.