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Nelson records two hits

Kasey Nelson (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Kasey Nelson (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Western New England scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings for a 7-6 victory over McDaniel in non-conference baseball action at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational on Sunday.

Kasey Nelson (St. Pete Beach, Fla./St. Michael's [Md.]) was one of four players for the Green Terror (2-4) to record two hits.

Ben LaCroix led the Golden Bears (4-1) with a 4-for-5 day, including the game-winning hit.

Trailing 6-5, LaCroix led off the bottom of the fifth with a home run to right field to tie the game.

Jamie Schofield led off the sixth with a single up the middle before being erased on a Erik Lacaire fielder's choice. A walk put runners at first and second before a LaCroix single up the middle broke the deadlock.

Western New England jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a five-run second inning. A Joe Cassella two-run double followed by a Alex Loparco two-run home run were the big hits of the frame.

Mike Dunn (Laurel, Md./DeMatha) led off the top of the third with a walk before scoring on an Antonio Rosanova (Laurel, Md./DeMatha) double down the line.

A one-out Eric Grantland (Pasadenda, Md./Northeast) single up the middle and Nelson double cut the deficit to 5-2 with runners at second and third.

Nick Valori (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.) followed with a two-run single up the middle before scoring on an Evan Finch (Laurel, Md./St. John's College) to even the game.

Dunn led off the fourth with a double down the line before moving to third and scoring on a throwing error for a 6-5 lead.

Rosanova, Valori and Finch all joined Nelson with two hits.

The Green Terror returns to action against Wis.-Platteville on Monday. Game time is 9 a.m.

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