The New England College baseball team’s season came to an end Saturday, when the Pilgrims dropped a 6-2 decision to UMass-Boston in the final game of a best-of-three series in an NCAA Division III Super Regional at UMass-Boston’s Monan Park.
The victory earned UMass-Boston (35-11) a trip to the Division III World Series.
NEC (28-18) scored on Evan Delaney’s solo home run in the fourth inning, and on a Christian Aybar sacrifice fly that scored Nick Powers in the ninth. Delaney, Aybar and Anderson Jimenez each had three hits in the loss.
Rochester’s Shaun Cormier allowed a run on two hits and struck out two in three innings of relief. NEC starter Dylan Champagne gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits in the first five innings.
Delaney, a transfer from the University of Massachusetts, also homered earlier Saturday, when the Pilgrims forced a third game with a 6-4 victory in Game 2 of the series.
He collected three hits and four RBIs in the win. NEC broke a 4-4 tie by scoring two runs in the eighth.
UMass-Boston opened the series with a 5-4 victory on Friday.