BEVERLY, Mass. – The second-seeded Endicott baseball team will play first-seeded Salve Regina University in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship Series (best-of-three) this Friday, May 12 at Brother Michael Reynolds Field in Newport, Rhode Island. Game one of the championship series will be played at 1 PM, while game two will take place at 4 PM. The if necessary game is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 11 AM, but that start time may be adjusted depending on an updated weather forecast on Friday.
THE MATCHUP/ALL-TIME SERIES
Endicott and Salve Regina enter Friday's twin bill deadlocked at 27-27 in the all-time series. The Seahawks have won the last four meetings, which includes a doubleheader conference sweep (3-2, 13-0) earlier this year on April 8.
This weekend's playoff series is also a rematch of last year's CCC Championship. Salve Regina won the 2016 league title at Endicott by forcing the if necessary game and defeating the Gulls in the winner-take-all contest, 2-1.
SCOUTING ENDICOTT: The Gulls are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and 3-2 in their last five matchups. Endicott's conference ranks include: runs (4th, 231), hits (4th, 359), doubles (4th, 60), triples (1st, 13), home runs (2nd, 10), RBI (3rd, 200), walks (2nd, 156), stolen bases (2nd, 84), batting average (3rd, .287), on-base percentage (3rd, .370), slugging percentage (3rd, .379), earned run average (4th, 4.28), strikeouts (2nd, 303), strikeouts per/9 (2nd, 8.26).
SCOUTING SALVE REGINA: The Seahawks enter this weekend's championship series nationally ranked in both the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Collegiate Baseball and the D3baseball.com Polls at No. 20 and No. 23 overall, respectively. However, Salve Regina sports a 5-5 record in its last 10 games headed into Friday's pair of games. Salve Regina's conference ranks include: runs (1st, 270), hits (1st, 421), doubles (2nd, 65), triples (4th, nine), home runs (t-5th, eight), RBI (1st, 233), walks (3rd, 151), stolen bases (1st, 102), batting average (1st, .314), (1st, .403), slugging percentage (1st, .394), earned run average (1st, 3.36), strikeouts (1st, 344), strikeouts per/9 (1st, 9.02).
The winner of this weekend's CCC Championship Series will represent the league in the NCAA Tournament.