Summary: Defending Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) baseball champion and top seed Salve Regina University will host second seed Endicott College in a best-of-three series for the 2017 title and an automatic bid to NCAA Division III Championships.
Match-up: No. 1 Salve Regina Seahawks (32-10; 14-2 CCC) will face No. 2 Endicott Gulls (25-17; 11-5 CCC)
Game date, time and site: Best of three series begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 12, at Reynolds Field in Newport, Rhode Island.
Ticket Info: Free admission with parking available on campus
Game Program: Download a PDF version of the game program here
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CCC statistical leaders: http://www.cccathletics.com/sports/bsb/2016-17/leaders
Series edge: Salve Regina and Endicott have met 54 times in baseball and are deadlocked at 27-27 in the all-time series with the Seahawks winning the last four including twice in the championship match last year. Salve Regina swept the regular season doubleheader on April 8.
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SALVE REGINA IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- The Seahawks have won eight (7) Commonwealth Coast Conference baseball championships since entering as a charter member; titles in 1985, 1991-1994, 2001, 2005, and 2016.
- Salve Regina's four-year string of titles from 1991 to 1994 was only matched (and surpassed) by five in a row from Western New England University (2008 to 2012).
- Salve Regina has also reached the finals on five other occasions - 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, and 2007.
- These two teams met in the finals three other times - Salve Regina won the matchup in 2001 on Reynolds Field, two years later Endicott won 13-10 at Cardines Field (both in Newport), and last year at Beverly, Mass., the Seahawks needed to win two to win their latest championship (10-3 and 2-1).
HOW THEY GOT HERE
No. 2 seed Endicott defeated No. 3 seed Western New England University, 5-4, on Saturday. Advancing to the pod final needing just one victory, the Gulls were forced to an elimination game with Gordon College winning 5-4 in an earlier contest on Sunday. Endicott put the final game away early with a 15-0 score against the Scots.
No. 1 seed Salve Regina defeated No. 4 seed Curry College, 6-2, on Sunday. No. 5 Nichols College eliminated the Colonels later that afternoon to set up a pod final at Reynolds Field on Monday. The Bison took the first game, 8-6, but were eliminated by the Seahawks who scored a 10-0 victory in the pod final.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY (SEAHAWKS VS. GULLS)
- Salve Regina swept the regular-season meetings with Endicott at Reynolds Field on April 8, 2017.
- Christian Vargas went 3-for-3 in game two with three hits (a double, solo homer, and grand slam) for six RBI.
- Jimmy Fitzgerald pitched 6.2 innings in game one, flirting with a no-hitter in the seventh, he finished with 10 strikeouts, allowing two runs on one hit.
- Cory Poplawski pitched six shutout innings while allowing two hits and striking out five in game two.
- Dylan Ketch produced a game-winning, walk-off basehit in the bottom of the seventh of game one after the Seahawks entered the frame trailing 2-1.
2017 SALVE REGINA WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
Stephen Cirella - CCC Rookie of the Week - March 20
Jimmy Fitzgerald - CCC Pitcher of the Week - March 27, April 10
Riley Fusaro - CCC Player of the Week - April 3
Will Ginsberg - CCC Pitcher of the Week - April 3
Patrick Maybach - CCC Pitcher and/or Rookie of the Week - March 13, March 27, April 24, May 8
John Militano - CCC Player of the Week - April 24
SP Fitzgerald, SP Maybach, 2B Militano were joined on the all-conference team by 3B Colton Eremian, OF Dylan Ketch, 1B Alex Perry, SP Cory Poplawski, OF Brody Santilli, SS Hunter Sleeper, OF Zack Smith, C Christian Vargas. Maybach was named Rookie of the Year, and fourth-year head coach Eric Cirella was named Coach of the Year.
ALL-TIME CCC BASEBALL CHAMPIONS
|2016||Salve Regina||2008||Western New Eng.||2000||Endicott||1992||Salve Regina|
|2015||Curry||2007||Curry||1999||Colby Sawyer||1991||Salve Regina|
|2012||Western New Eng.||2004||Endicott||1996||Wentworth||1988||Roger Williams|
|2011||Western New Eng.||2003||Endicott||1995||Curry||1987||unknown|
|2010||Western New Eng.||2002||Roger Williams||1994||Salve Regina||1986||unknown|
|2009||Western New Eng.||2001||Salve Regina||1993||Salve Regina||1985||Salve Regina|
- Seahawks have reached postseason in each of head coach Eric Cirella's four seasons.
- Cirella has a 110-59-1 (.650) record in four seasons.
- The fourth-year head coach is the fifth skipper in the history of the Salve Regina baseball program and the only former player to ever take the helm.
|2017 Commonwealth Coast Conference Baseball Standings (through May 10)|
|Western New Eng.||10-6||.625||22-18||.550||L2|