WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The Eastern Connecticut baseball team handed Head Coach Bill Holowaty his 1,300th victory of his 42-year career this afternoon to complete a Little East Conference sweep of UMass Boston. Senior Melvin Castillo (Danbury, Conn.), classmate John Parke (Middlefield, Conn.) and junior Shane Kingsley (Beacon Falls, Conn.) combined for 12 hits, nine RBI and seven runs in a 10-5 victory.
The winningest coach in any sport at any level in New England
intercollegiate athletics, Holowaty is the winningest active coach
in Division III baseball. He ranks third all-time nationally among
Division III baseball coaches, trailing only Gordie Gillespie and
Don Schaly. Gillespie won 1,816 games at four different schools
over a span of 51 years through 2009, while Schaly earned 1,438
wins over 40 seasons at Marietta College through the 2003
In the second game, Castillo was 5-for-5 with four runs scored, Parke 4-for-4 with a double, grand slam home run, six RBI and three runs scored, and Kingsley 3-for-4 (he also reached on an error) with three RBI as the trio reached safely in all 13 of its at-bats.
Right-handed starter Matt Fontaine (Cranston, R.I.) improved to 6-1 lifetime against conference opponents by winning the second game. Fontaine (2-0) pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits.
One day after blowing a five-run ninth-inning lead in a 9-6, ten-inning loss, Eastern made Musson the complete-game winner when it rallied for its two unearned runs in the ninth inning of the opener. With one out, Andrew Dewing (Swampscott, Mass.) and pinch hitter Kingsley singled around an UMass Boston (9-8, 0-2 little east) infield error against reliever Tony Damon. Damon got a strikeout for the second out and was up in the count to Cannata before the No. 9 hitter turned on an inside fastball on a 2-2 count and drove it off the wall for his second double of the game.
Castillo and Parke each had two hits in Eastern's 14-hit attack in support of Musson (2-0), who gave up seven hits and only one walk and fanned seven in recording his second career complete game at Eastern.
Trailing 4-2 in the first game, Boston surged in front by scoring three times in the sixth and tacked on an insurance run in the seventh to make it 6-4. Tim Fontaine, who hit two solo home runs in the second game, drove in two runs in the three-run sixth with a two-out single.
In addition to Fontaine's two home runs in game two, Drew Tambling socked a two-run home run and finished with two hits and three RBI for UMass.