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Belanger No-Hitter Keys Sweep Of Eagles

Belanger No-Hitter Keys Sweep Of Eagles

THE BASICS
Game Score 1:
 Dean College 6, St. Elizabeth 4
Game Score 2: Dean College 7, St. Elizabeth 0
Records: Dean College (3-6), St. Elizabeth (2-10)
Location: Flemington, N.J. 
Date:
 Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time:
 3:30 PM

THE LEAD:
Alex Belanger 
(Southbridge, Mass.) threw a seven-inning no hitter in the second game of a twinbill as Dean College swept two games in Flemington, N.J. againt the College of Saint Elizabeth on Thursday in non-league action.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Game 1:
After trailing 3-1 in the opening game, Dean rallied for three runs in the fifth and two in the seventh to seal a 6-4 victory. Landon Fish (New Port Richey, Fla.) had two hits and two RBI's, including the go-ahead solo homer in the seventh, while  Andrew DiRito (Plymouth, Mass.) drove in one and scored a run while also contributing two hits. 
Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.) started the game for the Bulldogs, pitching five innings and allowing three hits and three runs.
Tyler Sargent (Gilmanton, N.H) pitched 1.1 innings, blanking the opposition and earning the win.

Game 2:
Dean jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, scoring on an RBI single from Matt Callahan (Attleboro, Mass.) to take a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs kept the momentum going in in a second inning rally sparked by a Thomas Troy (Norwalk, Conn.) RBI triple, pouring on three more runs to take a 4-0 lead. 

Dean added one in the fourth on an RBI double from Callahan and two more in the seventh on a run-scoring fielder's choice from Troy and an RBI single from Zachary Bochenek (Fredricksburg, Va.) that plated Troy.  

The story of the day, however, was Belanger.  The right handed hurler was in complete control, retiring the first 12 batters he faced. After walking the leadoff batter in the fifth, a one-out twin killing erased the Eagles' scoring threat.

When a runner reached with one out in the sixth on a fielding error, Belanger was able to enduce another double play to end the inning and the threat. He continued his stellar performance in the seventh, getting a groundout to open in the inning before getting a pair of strikeouts to end the game and record the victory.