Chamberlain’s Blast Lifts New Haven Past Dominican (N.Y.), 5-2


When and Where: May 18, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Penmen Field)
#2 University of New Haven 5, #7 Dominican College (N.Y.) 2
Records: New Haven 31-11, Dominican (N.Y.) 21-28

Matt Chamberlain hit a go-ahead two-run home run in a three-run fourth inning to send the second-seeded University of New Haven to a 5-2 win over seventh-seeded Dominican (N.Y.) College in the second game of the NCAA East Regional Championship on Thursday at Southern New Hampshire University's Penmen Field.
Tim Kennedy maintained his perfect record on the season for New Haven, improving to 7-0 by holding Dominican to two runs (one earned) on seven hits in six-and-two-thirds innings of work with one walk and five strikeouts. Brandon LaManna retired all four batters he faced in the seventh and eighth, before Josh Walker retired just three batters in the ninth for his third save.
Kraigen Rasalla allowed four runs on seven hits in seven innings of work for Dominican, but took the loss to fall to 7-6.
New Haven got on the board first in the bottom of the second when Nick Perrelli sent a 1-1 pitch over the fence in center field for a solo home run.
Dominican got the run right back in the top of the third, scoring on a two-out RBI single off the bat of Arbely Soto that scored Joseph Libio. As the inning continued, the Chargers loaded the bases with two away, but Kennedy escaped by inducing a ground ball to short.
Dominican took a 2-1 lead by scratching across an unearned run in the top of the fourth. Jordan Bernacet singled to right center to start the inning, moved to second on a one-out grounder, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a two-out wild pitch.
In the home half of the fifth, New Haven went back on top, scoring three runs off Rasalla. PJ Contreras knotted the score at 2-2 with a two-out RBI double down the left-field line and Chamberlain, the next batter, blasted a two-run shot to right center to give the Chargers a 4-2 advantage.
New Haven tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, as Andrew Garcia drew a bases-loaded, two-out walk off Dominican reliever Nicholas Galese, and the bullpen took care of the rest.
Up Next:
New Haven advances to face third-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas at 7 p.m. in the final game of the day on Friday. Dominican takes on sixth-seeded Southern Connecticut State University in an elimination game to start the day at 11 a.m.
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