WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Westfield State sophomore starter Shane Bogli tossed seven shutout innings to lead the way as top-seeded Westfield State rolled to a 10-2 win over #5 Bridgewater State in the MASCAC baseball tournament.
With the win, the Owls advance in the winners' bracket and will play Framingham at 3:00 tomorrow at Bud and Jim Hagan Field in Westfield.
Bridgewater (17-21) slides into the losers' bracket and will play an elimination game against Fitchburg at 3:00 tomorrow at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. #3 Framingham defeated #2 Fitchburg, 8-6 in 12 innings today in the other half of the MASCAC Tournament bracket which was played at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass.
After a 1-2-3 first inning from Bogli, Westfield (25-13) got off to a fast start in the bottom half of the inning as Colin Dunn led off with a triple down the left field line, and designated hitter Anthony Crowley followed, lining a home run to left field for a 2-0 Owls lead.
Westfield added five runs in the fourth, loading the bases on three straight walks, before Michael Cruz singled home two runs, and then Dunn ripped his second triple of the day just inside the third base bag to drive in two more. Dunn scored on a Crowley ground out.
Westfield tacked on two more runs in the sixth, putting two on via the walk, Dunn singled to load the bases for Crowley, who drove in another run when he was hit in the helmet with a pitch. Two batter slater, Aaron Clancy was hit by a pitch to drive in the Owls ninth run of the day.
Bridgewater scored their two runs in the top of the ninth off Owls' reliever Ryan Murphy.
Bogli (7-2) earned the win, tossing seven scoreless innings while allowing just four hits and striking out two while walking none.
Dunn finished 3-4 at the plate with two runs scored and two rbi. Crowley was 2-4 with 4 rbi.
Kevin Bresciani was the lone Bear with multiple hits. Starter Matt Josselyn (2-4) took the loss.