WATERBURY, Conn. (May 13, 2017) -- Dominican College shook off a 4-3, 11-inning loss on Saturday morning to Chestnut Hill College, and rallied with a thorough 12-1 victory over the Griffins to claim the 2017 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Championship at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury, Conn.
With the championship secured, Dominican also locked up the CACC's automatic bid to next week's NCAA Division II East Region Championship at a site to be determined.
Justin Decker knocked in four runs to lead the Charger offense in game two, while Jayson Gray went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Tyler Malia was 3-for-4 at the dish with three RBI, while Jordan Bernacet drove in a run and scored twice.
John-Michael Broderick got the start on the mound for Dominican and turned in seven superb innings by yielding just one run on six hits to earn the win.
The Chargers plated three runs in the second, followed with four more in the fifth and then tacked on five more in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
Dominican almost locked up the championship in game one, as the Chargers pushed across a trio of runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 3-3. However, Chestnut Hill scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th to keep their season alive and force the "If Necessary" game.
2017 CACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Casey O'Donnell (Philadelphia University)
Julian Kurych (Wilmington University)
Dan Hyatt (Wilmington University)
Patrick Kelley (Chestnut Hill College)
Dino Cattai (Chestnut Hill College)
Eric Gilham (Chestnut Hill College)
Kraigen Rasalla (Dominican College)
Brett Schneider (Dominican College)
Max Franzone (Dominican College)
Arbely Soto (Dominican College)
Anthony Bartolomei (Dominican College)
MVP: Kraigen Rasalla (Dominican College)
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.