TYLER, Texas – May 22 – The Erie Community College baseball team suffered a 4-3 loss to Manchester (Conn.) Community College Sunday night in the NJCAA Division III World Series at Mike Carter Field. Manchester CCC, making its fourth consecutive appearance in the NJCAA World Series, used a run in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie. The win was Manchester CCC’s 13th consecutive victory of the season.
ECC’s Austin Benshadle (Getzville, N.Y./Williamsville North) had four hits while Neil DeMartin (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) added three hits. Joe Pantano (Fredonia, N.Y./St. Francis) had two hits and drove in two runs.
ECC (29-17) had a chance in the ninth inning when Benshadle singled with two outs and advanced to second base after an errant pickoff throw. However, ECC grounded out to end the game.
Manchester (26-22), which had only three hits in the game, used a walk and stolen base before taking advantage of an ECC error in the second inning for a 1-0 lead. The Cougars then used two singles and two walks to plate a run in the third. With two outs, Benshadle and DeMartin singled before Pantano singled to center to score Benshadle but DeMartin was thrown out trying to advance to third base.
In the fourth with two outs, Mike Wagner (Clarence, N.Y./St. Mary’s) doubled and scored when Mike Ferracuti (Toronto, Ont./Michael Powers) doubled to right-center to tie the game 2-2.
Cody Dunn (Ottawa, Ont./Bea Trice des Loges) entered the game with the bases loaded in the fifth ining and recorded a strikeout and a ground out to get out of inning. Manchester used a walk, a single, a fielder’s choice and another walk to score a run and load the bases in the fifth, setting up Dunn’s appearance.
ECC tied it in the fifth when Benshadle reached on an error and DeMartin singled to center. Pantano singled to left-center field, scoring Benshadle.
ECC had a chance to take the lead in the seventh when Benshadle singled and DeMartin doubled. Pantano flew out to right field but Benshadle was thrown out at home.
The Cougars took a 4-3 lead in the eighth after a walk, an ECC error, an intentional walk and a wild pitch.
The Kats will play Suffolk County Community College-Selden, the nation’s top-ranked team, at approximately 5 p.m. Monday in an elimination game. Suffolk CCC-Selden lost its first game Saturday but recorded a 5-1 win over Westmoreland County Community College Sunday.