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Baseball Eliminated by Ramapo in Harwich Regional

Baseball Eliminated by Ramapo in Harwich Regional

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- Fifth-seeded Ramapo College eliminated sixth-seeded Mitchell College by a 6-0 final on Saturday morning in the Harwich Regional of the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship at Hendy Field.

Jon Brignoni pitched a gem for the Roadrunners, allowing only two hits and striking out four in a complete-game effort. The shutout was his second of the season and improved his record to 6-1. 

Ramapo (34-14 overall) will face Keystone College in another elimination game tonight at 8:00 p.m. Mitchell ends the season with a mark of 31-10.

Austin Unglaub led off the game with a ground-rule double to left field and soon moved over to third base on a wild pitch. After Anthony Kuzmenko drew a walk, Unglaub crossed home plate via a fielder's choice. Kuzmenko then moved to third on an infield throwing error and later scored when Connor Walsh hit into a double play.

In the third inning, Walsh plated two runs with a bases-loaded single through the right side of the infield. Another double-play ball allowed Joe Maugeri to score in the frame to put the Roadrunners up 5-0.

Ramapo's final run came in the eighth as Vincenzo Sita walked to put runners on first and third with two outs. Sita then got caught in a run down between first and second, allowing Maugeri to scamper home to extend the lead to 6-0.

Bryce Bedard kept the Mariners in the game with a strong outing out of the bullpen. He took the ball in the third inning and closed out the game, allowing only two runs on five hits while fanning five. Mitchell starter Bryton Ferris (5-3 overall) yielded four runs (two earned) on three hits and walked three in 2.0 innings of work. 

Eric Marriott and Jeremy Santos each picked up hits for the Mariners. Marriott finished with a team-high five hits in the tournament and was the only Mitchell player to hit safely in all three games.

The game marked the end of the collegiate careers for nine Mitchell seniors. The group, which totaled a 120 wins over four seasons and won no fewer than 28 games in any year, claimed three NECC titles and made three NCAA appearances.