Westfield State baseball wins 8th straight; Coach Bashaw picks up 200th career win

Westfield State University’s Ethan Day is congratulated at home plate by Bryant Dana after Day’s home run in game 1 of a collegiate baseball doubleheader against Worcester last Sunday. (WESTFIELD STATE UNIVERSITY SPORTS PHOTO)

WESTFIELD – Westfield State baseball won its eighth straight game as the Owls swept a MASCAC doubleheader from Worcester State, by final scores of 6-1 and 6-2 April 18 at Bud and Jim Hagan Field.
Westfield improved to 13-1 overall, 6-0 in the MASCAC.
In game one, starter Shane Bogli (Vernon, Conn./Rockville) tossed a complete game and got all the offense he would need from a 2-run home run from Ethan Day (Meriden, Conn./Lyman Hall).
Westfield scored in each of the first three innings, getting a single run in the first, three in the second and one in the third.
Day lofted a fly ball home run to left field in the second, with Bryant Dana (Lynnfield, Mass.), coming around to score in front of him.
Casey Boudreau (Shrewsbury, Mass.) followed with an RBI double later in the inning.
Bogli (W, 3-0) worked seven strong innings, scattering five hits while striking out nine. Worcester didn’t get to him until the seventh inning, when Pat Galvin (Shrewsbury/St. John’s) doubled home Chris Wright (Jefferson, Mass./Shrewsbury).
Starter Sean Mahan (Woburn, Mass./Matignon) (2-1) took the pitching loss for the Lancers.
Westfield kept the bats rolling in game 2, tallying two runs in the first and four in the second to jump out to a 6-1 lead.
Owls’ outfielder Nick Martin (Shrewsbury, Mass.) did most of the damage at the plate, driving in one with an RBI single in the first, and plated three more with a double to centerfield in the second.
Westfield starter Pat Jordan (Reading, Mass.) worked 6.1 innings with seven strikeouts, allowing five hits and was charged with two earned runs. Vincenzo Camera (East Haven, Conn.) came on to get the final two outs in the seventh.
Martin finished 2-3 with four RBI in game 2. Boudreau rapped out four hits in the doubleheader, including a a double in each game.
Westfield State head coach Nathan Bashaw hit two milestones in the doubleheader, winning his 150th career game at Westfield State in the opener, and securing his 200th career collegiate coaching win in the nightcap. Bashaw has been at the helm of the Owls since the 2014 season, winning a pair of MASCAC titles and earning a pair of NCAA Tournament bids.
Worcester slips to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in the MASCAC. Starter Kyle Gray (Braintree, Mass.) worked just one inning in the nightcap, allowing two runs and was charged with the loss as the Lancers used six pitchers in the game.
Lancers catcher Mike Chaves, Jr. (Hudson, Mass.) rapped a solo home run in the second inning, and scored the Lancers other run in the seventh on Zach Roberts’ (Northbridge, Mass) RBI single. Roberts finished 3-3 in the nightcap. – Courtesy of Westfield State University Sports

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