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Rochester, N.Y. — Sophomore Matt Martinez hit four home runs Saturday, leading UConn-Avery Point into the championship round of the NJCAA East District Division II baseball tournament.
Martinez had three home runs and six RBI in a 12-8 victory over Rockland Community College in Avery Point's tournament opener. He added a solo shot and two RBI in a 5-0 shutout of host Monroe Community College. He entered the weekend with only two home runs this season.
Third-ranked Avery Point (37-8) needs just one win today in the championship round to advance to the Division II World Series for the fifth time in progam history. The Pointers face Monroe at 11 a.m., with the if necessary game set for 2 p.m.
Against Rockland, Bryan Rivera had a single, solo home run and scored two runs while Alex Miller added two hits and two runs scored. Starter Andrew Reel (5-0) earned the win, pitching six innings.
Zach Albin turned in a dominating complete game pitching performance against Monroe, allowing just four hits while striking out 12 and walking two.
Martinez had two hits and Chris Mayhew added two hits and an RBI for the Pointers, who scored four runs in the first inning.
In other games:
• Senior Cameron Carroll's three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning sealed Coast Guard Academy's 7-2 win over top-seeded Suffolk in the ECAC New England Division III baseball semifinals in Cambridge, Mass.
The fifth-seeded Bears (24-17) will play for their first ECAC championship at noon today against third-seeded MIT, which shut out Elms College, 12-0, in Saturday's other semifinal.
Coast Guard took two out of three from MIT (26-11), a fellow New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference team, during the regular season.
Against Suffolk, senior Nate Toll (5-4) pitched seven strong innings to earn the win while relievers Curt Barrett and Tyler Vieira each went one inning.
Trailing 2-1, Coast Guard took the lead on senior Tyler Babkiewich's two-run double in the fourth. It was the 39th double of his career, tying the school record.
Senior Eric Gerken reached bases four times and Babkiewich and Carroll each had two hits. The 14-member senior class won their 71st career game, tying the mark set from 2000-2003.
• Louisville swept UConn in a Big East doubleheader, 8-0 and 6-0, at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs.
LJ Mazzilli went 3-for-4 in the second game for the Huskies (28-23, 9-14), who qualified for the Big East tournament despite the two losses. The Cardinals, ranked No. 10 nationally, are 41-10, 16-4.
• Coast Guard junior Adam Scalesse, the top ranked 110 hurdler in Division III, placed second in the event and took third in the 400 hurdles, breaking his own school-record set Friday, to earn All-New England honors in both at the All-New England Championships consisting of athletes from Divisions I, II and III at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.
Scalesse posted a time of 14:36 in the 110 hurdles and 52.66 in the 400 hurdles. He is ranked eighth nationally in the 400 hurdles in Division III.
The Bears placed 11th of 36 teams and were the fourth best Division III team in the meet with 22 points.
Will Baker placed ninth in the discus (145 feet, 2 inches) while the Bears' 4x400 relay team of Ben Hannon, Fred Higgins, Kelcey Smith and James Dawkins placed ninth with a time of 3:18.46.
In the distance events, Jordan Lee ran a 1:54.04 in the 800 meters and Ben Horvath took 17th place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 9:47.11. Lee also led off the 4x800 relay with teammates Ben Chapman, Ryan Hub, and James Martin that ran 7:55.16 placing 15th.
On Friday, an error was made with the pole vault results, Ben Wolhaupter still took second but his last clearance was 15-11.
• Connecticut College freshman Nick Fischetti set a personal best while competing in the decathlon at the All New England Championships.
He placed 10th with with 4,752 points and also set personal bests in five of the 10 events, including 100 meters (11.93 seconds), long jump (17-11), shot put (32-73/4), 110 hurdles (18.14) and pole vault (10-10).
• Kyle Sutschek was the top Coast Guard performer as she placed ninth in the discus at the All-New England Championships. Sutschek had a throw of 123 feet to finish ninth.
Beth Gollin was 10th in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:18.02. Hannah Seeland was 13th in the hammer with a personal best throw of 149-10 and Rachel Hill ran a personal best 2:18.12 in the 800 meters to place 15th.