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Nashua, N.H. - Mitchell College reached the final day of the New England Collegiate Conference baseball tournament on Sunday needing to win just one of two games to clinch an NCAA berth.
The second-seeded Mariners couldn't complete their mission against top-seeded and host Daniel Webster, which came out of the losers' bracket and had to sweep Sunday to win the title.
After losing the first game of the championship round, 12-8, the Mariners took a 6-1 lead into the sixth inning in deciding game before faltering, 9-7.
Defending champion Daniel Webster (28-10) scored eight runs in the sixth inning to take the lead for good. The Mariners used four pitchers - with New London's Josh Zurita taking the loss in relief - and allowed 14 hits overall.
Marc Dorsi led the Mariners (23-14-1), who were attempting to secure the program's second NCAA bid, by going 3-for-3 with an RBI. Gavin LaLima of Waterford had two singles and scored twice.
Mitchell scored five runs in the third, one in the fifth and one in the ninth and finished with eight hits.
In Sunday's first game, the Mariners rallied from a 7-1 deficit to tie the score at 8-8 with a two-run seventh inning. But their pitching failed to hold off Daniel Webster, which piled up 19 hits overall.
Evan Peck had three hits and an RBI while Ken Olszewski had two hits and two RBI and Drew Doyle of Mystic added two hits and an RBI for the Mariners. Mitchell's Tyler Shamas, Neftali Arroyo and Olszewski were named to the all-tournament team.
In another game:
• Rutgers rallied from a 2-0 deficit, scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and went on to beat UConn 4-2 in a Big East Conference game. UConn is 28-21, 9-12.
• Coast Guard's three-year reign as New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference tournament champions came to an end, falling to Babson 6-5 in eight innings in the losers' bracket final.
Coast Guard, which finishes the season at 22-17, had five of its seven hits in a five-run fifth inning. Morgan Kingston had a two-run single, Jessie Richardson (two hits) and Holli Bastinck had RBI singles and Hannah Ingerson had a run-scoring double.
• UConn's season came to an end as the Huskies lost to DePaul 2-0 in a Big East game. UConn finishes at 26-20, 8-14.
• Ledyard's Joseph Carter, Alex Paterson, Steven Servedio and Alex Hintz-Valdez won the 4x200 relay Saturday at the Middletown Invitational, setting a school record in the process at 1:30.55. The same foursome was also third in the 4x100 at 43.27. The four qualified for the New Balance Nationals between June 20-22 at Raleigh N.C., and will compete in the championship division in the 4x200 and the emerging elite division in the 4x100. Ledyard's Kyle Wilson was also third in the shot put.
• Ledyard's Kylie Fustini and Chenoa Sebastian won events Saturday at the Middletown Invitational and teammate Lauren Scahill broke one of the oldest school records. Fustini won the shot put at 37-3½ and was also second in the discus at 121-9 and Sebastian won the 100 hurdles in a time of 14.89.
Scahill finished third in the 3200 with a time of 11:02.77, breaking the school record set by Lavinia Muncy in 1976. All three also qualified in the emerging elite category at the New Balance Nationals between June 20-22 at Raleigh N.C.
• Coast Guard's Adam Scalesse and Ben Wolhaupter won titles Saturday at the NCAA Div. III New England Meet at Waterville, Maine, where the Bears finished fifth with 46 points.
Scalesse won the 110 hurdles at 14.33 seconds and was also fourth in the 400 hurdles, running a season-best time of 53.88 seconds. Wolhaupter won the pole vault in a jump-off after clearing 15 feet, five inches. CGA's Will Baker threw a season-best 156 feet, seven inches in the discus, good for third place.
• Coast Guard got two third-place finishes Saturday at the NCAA Div. III New England Meet at Waterville, Maine. Abby Bishop was third in the heptathlon with 4,115 points and Beth Gollin was third in the 3000 steeplechase at a personal best of 11:03.98. Coast Guard finished 17th with 17.5 points. CGA's Kyle Sutschek was fifth in the discus.
• The Connecticut College coed team finished seventh in the 12-team field at the 63rd Annual New England Team Racing Championship/Fowle Trophy on the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass. The Camels were 5-9 in the event.
Peter Miller, Kevin Martland, Jordan Bothwick and Pearson Potts all skippered for the Camels and the crew consisted of Steph Kapinos, Kim Bolick, Lea Bushnell and Grace Medley.