|MAY 10-11, 2019
CCC CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
PAOLINO FIELD • BRISTOL, R.I.
ROGER WILLIAMS HAWKS
|SALVE REGINA SEAHAWKS
(25-15, 8-6 CCC)
|INTERACTIVE BRACKET | PRINTABLE BRACKET|
NEWPORT, R.I. - The Salve Regina University baseball team makes its fourth straight appearance in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship series, traveling to Bristol, R.I., face Roger Williams University for a best-of-three series. Both teams have four-game win streaks entering the championship series. Salve Regina seeks its 10th title all-time (first in 1987; most recent in 2017), and Roger Williams seeks its second championship and first since 2002. The Hawks swept a pair against the Seahawks (6-1 and 14-4) in Bristol on May 5, 2002, to win their only CCC baseball crown.
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LAST TIME OUT FOR SALVE REGINA – SALVE REGINA 5, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 3 - MAY 6, 2019
- The Seahawks welcomed May back by welcoming Patrick Maybach (Saunderstown, R.I.) to its starting rotation, just in time to pitch 6.1 innings and lead the Seahawks into their fourth-straight CCC championship series.
- The Seahawks plated five runs in the top of the third. Senior All-CCC OF and Player of the Year Zack Smith (New Canaan, Conn.) knocked in the first run with All-CCC SS Madden Ward(Clinton, Conn.) scoring from third. All-CCC OF Michael DeFusco (East Greenwich, R.I.) followed with a single to center to bring home All-CCC C Dylan Ketch (Clinton, Conn.) and the Seahawks took the lead. Colton Eremian (Boca Raton, Fla.) walked with two outs to load the bases. All-CCC 2B Anthony Cieszko (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) drilled a 3-2 pitch into center for a bases-clearing double and a 5-1 lead.
- In the bottom of the sixth, Zac Nussbaum singled down the right field line to score Ben LaCroix with the Golden Bears' second run. Western New England added another unearned run in the seventh that knocked Maybach out of the game after throwing 118 pitches.
- Enter Saturday's hero, Will Ginsberg (Sharon, Mass.). Facing elimination two days ago, the senior lefty had thrown 88 pitches in a 3-2 victory for the Seahawks, allowing just four hits to the Golden Bears, to force Monday's showdown in the Pod A Final. Today he worked the final 2.2 frames to record his second save of the season (first since opening day on February 22) and retired seven of 10 Golden Bears he faced including three strikeouts. Similar to Saturday, Monday's savior got the final two outs on a double-play grounder with the bases loaded, this time on his 39th pitch.
LAST TIME OUT FOR ROGER WILLIAMS - ROGER WILLIAMS 11, ENDICOTT 10 - MAY 4, 2019
- Roger Williams held a 9-6 lead heading into the ninth inning, but the Gulls scored three runs to tie the game and force extra innings.
- In the top of the 12th the Gulls took a 10-9 lead, however the Hawks responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame to walk off with the victory and eliminate the Gulls.
- Connor Hewlette was selected as CCC Pitcher of the Year while earning a spot on the All-CCC First Team.
- Chris Bosco, also an All-CCC First Team selection, was named CCC Defensive Player of the Year.
- Danny Roth and Justin Stone also were selected to the All-CCC First Team.
- Chosen to the All-CCC Second Team were Eli Camner and Craig Demers.
- Named to the All-CCC Third Team were Anthony Dominguez, Justin Garcia, and Joey Gulino.
- The Hawks have made seven championships in their history, claiming the 2002 title. They most recently appeared in the championship series in 2015 when they fell to Curry College.
SALVE REGINA BASEBALL FACT(S) YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
- Senior Zach Smith leads the Seahawks and the CCC in both batting average (.426) and runs batted in (42).
- His nine home runs led the team and was second in the CCC only to Danny Roth of Roger Williams (10).
- Smith's 38 runs scored led the Seahawks.
- Junior Dylan Ketch is batting .387 on the season, which was second on the team and in the CCC behind only teammate Smith.
- Senior lefty Will Ginsberg leads the Seahawks pitching staff with 63.1 innings pitched.
- Sophomore righty Michael Mathews led the Seahawks and is second in the CCC in strikeouts (67).
- Zack Smith was named Player of the Year and a first team outfielder. He has made an All-CCC team in every season of his career.
- Ginsberg, Dylan Ketch, Madden Ward and Tristan Dacey were named to the second team.
- Patrick Maybach, Sean O'Malley, Anthony Cieszko, and Michael DeFusco were named to the third team.
- Salve Regina is 47-27-1 all-time versus Roger Williams and has won four of the last six meetings.
- The teams split their regular season meetings, each holding serve at home (Salve Regina won 10-5 on April 5; Roger Williams won a week later, 11-6).
- Salve Regina makes its fourth straight appearance in the CCC title game.
- The Seahawks won back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017 before falling in the championship series to Western New England last season.
ABOUT THE SERIES
- The Hawks will serve as the host for all three games of the best-of-three series with Game A scheduled for Friday, May 10 at 3 p.m. The teams will return to play Game B of the series on Saturday, May 11 (11:30 a.m.), with the Seahawks serving as the "home" team and batting last. Should the series be tied after the first two games, a deciding Game C will be played on Saturday following the conclusion of the earlier game.
- The winner of the CCC Championship Series will be named the CCC Tournament Champion and will earn the league's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship Tournament.
- The NCAA Division III Baseball Selection Show will air Monday, May 13, at 12 p.m. (noon) ET on NCAA.com.