The CBB recently made the trip down to Bryant University to see the home opener for the Bulldogs against Bentley. The Bulldogs are the second ranked team in the Northeast while Bentley is unranked. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning behind a single from Nick Campbell through the third base and shortstop hole to bring home Jason Alexander to break the 0-0 tie. The game stayed 1-0 until the ninth inning behind Bryant freshman starting pitcher David O’Brien who went seven strong innings while only allowing two singles and two walks while striking out eight Bentley batters. He was followed by left handed reliever Mark Andrews who allowed one hit in his only inning of work. The real interesting part of the game took place when Bryant closer Eric Polvani came in and proceeded to allow hits to the first two batters in the ninth inning. Joe Dorr of Bentley tried to lay down a bunt to move the runners along but got behind in the count 1-2 but ended up getting walked to load the bases with no outs. Polvani then proceeded to strikeout Mike DeCoste and pinch hitter Chris Stewart hit a line drive to Pat McKenna which he caught. As he was catching the ball the runner on third base was off some so McKenna proceeded to throw the ball to third as he was falling down which led to the ball getting by the third baseman to allow the tying run to score. The score would stay tied until the 11th inning when Bentley was able to put two runs across to get the 3-1 victory.
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