HARWICH, Mass. — Senior righthander Matt Rogers tossed 7 2/3 innings of four-hit ball and junior reliever Mike Lawlor pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth and struck out four consecutive hitters as Western New England College advanced to the winners’ bracket of the NCAA New England Division III baseball tournament with a 2-0 win over Husson University Wednesday night.
Rogers struck out five and walked five but left with two runners on and two outs in the eighth.
Lawlor hit Kyle Vanidestine with a 2-0 pitch to load the bases and fell behind Tom Crews 2-0 before inducing Crews to swing and miss the next three pitches.
Lawlor fanned the side in the ninth.
Husson lefty Ryan Arsenault pitched a complete-game seven-hitter with five strikeouts and five walks. Just one of the two runs off him was earned.
Western New England took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a two-out infield error and three walks and added another in the seventh on a Ryan Dudzinski single, a fielder’s choice, a wild pitch and Tony Trubia’s RBI single through the box.
Trubia had two singles for the 39-9 Golden Bears, who have won 16 of their last 17.
Chris Maguire had a pair of singles for 29-16 Husson.
Husson will face third seed Wheaton, 29-11, in Thursday’s 1 p.m. elimination game while Western New England will face sixth seed St. Joseph’s of Standish on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Husson |000|000|000 — 0 4 3
WNEC |000|100|10x — 2 7 2
Arsenault and Rennick; Rogers, Lawlor (8) and Leclerc
Saint Joseph’s 4, Wheaton 2
At Harwich, Mass., sophomore Chad Rafferty pitched 8 1/3 innings of eight-hit, two-run baseball before Joe Gruntkosky came on to get the final outs on as sixth-seeded St. Joseph’s upset third-seeded Wheaton in their first-round game at the NCAA Division III New England Regional baseball tournament.
Dan Achorn’s two-out run-scoring double in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and Hampden’s Ian Lee drove in an important insurance run with a two-out single in the ninth as St. Joseph’s advanced into the winners’ bracket in the eight-team double-elimination tournament.
Chris Campbell had three singles for the 31-13 Monks and Mike Pratt had a pair of run-scoring singles. Lee and Achorn also had two singles apiece.
Eric Jensen and Dan Haugh had two hits apiece for 29-11 Wheaton.
St. Joseph’s |101|001|001 — 4 9 2
Wheaton |200|000|000 — 2 8 3
Rafferty, Gruntkosky (9) and Lee; Holbrook, Calabro (7), Longley (8), Grant (9) and Gusovsky