Mount Baseball Splits Twinbill at Central Connecticut State
New Britain, Conn. (April 5, 2014)—Mount St. Mary's and Central Connecticut State split a Northeast Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils took the opening game, 3-1, while the Mount rallied for a 5-2 victory in game two. The Mount is now 7-11 overall and 1-2 in the Northeast Conference.
CCSU 3, Mount St. Mary's 1
Central Connecticut (9-8, 2-1 NEC) scored a pair of runs in the third to take a 2-1 advantage. J.P. Sportman's two-out single plated Bryan Rivera with the tying run. Sportman then stole second, and came home on Josh Ingham's RBI base hit.
The Blue Devils added an insurance run in the sixth on Matt Blandino's RBI single.
The Mount had several scoring chances in the game. Brandon Scott had a one-out double in the third, but was stranded at third base. Joshua Lenig singled to open the fifth, and the Mount had runners on first and second with two outs, but was unable to score. In the seventh, Ryan Owens singled to open the inning, but he was erased on a double-play.
Mount starter Vincent Molesky struck out four while allowing two runs in 4.2 innings in the game. Nick Riley did not allow a run in 0.1 innings of work, while Chad Diehl allowed a run in one inning of work.
Nick Neumann picked up the win for CCSU, allowing one run in six innings. Ingham earned the save with the scoreless seventh.
Lenig went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Mountaineers while Sportman and Ingham combined to go 6-for-7 at the plate for the Blue Devils.
Mount St. Mary's 5, CCSU 2
CCSU jumped to a 1-0 lead with on a Dominic Severino run-scoring single in the third. The Mountaineers answered with a run in the top of the fourth. Frazier and Andrew Clow each singled to lead off the frame. After Frazier was caught stealing and Britton struck out, Owens singled up the middle to score Clow.
Franklin Jennings gave CCSU a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single, but the Mount answered with four runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead, 5-2. Zach Hostetter singled to open the inning, and moved to second on a Chris Del Vecchio sacrifice bunt. Tommy Quealy singled through the right side to plate Hostetter with the tying run. Scott singled to right field to move Quealy to third. Frazier then reached on a fielder's choice, with Quealy scoring the go-ahead run.
Frazier stole second to put runners on second and third for Clow, who came through with a two-run single to stretch the Mount's advantage to 5-2.
Connor Graber pitched the first four innings for the Mount to earn the win, allowing two runs while striking out four. Austin Bonadio pitched a pair of scoreless innings, and Nick Riley closed out the win with a scoreless seventh for his first save of the season.
Clow went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI with Scott going 2-for-4 at the plate in the game two victory. Sportman and Severino each went 3-for-4 for CCSU in the loss.
The four-game series concludes with a 1:00 p.m. game tomorrow.