BRONX, NY – The Western Connecticut State University baseball squad smashed seven home runs en route to a 20-12 victory at non-conference opponent Lehman College on Thursday evening at South Field. With the win, the Colonials improved to 10-18 overall, while the Lightning losing skid extended to five games as they dropped to 14-19.
Senior third baseman Joe Daigle (Southington, CT) paced WestConn with a 3-for-4 hitting performance that included a pair of homers and five RBI's. Classmate Bill Buscetto Jr. (Old Lyme, CT), junior Kyle MacLean (Southington, CT), sophomores Moe Ortiz-Echaverria (Norwalk, CT), Greg Campbell (Harwinton, CT), and rookie Jake Babon (Southington, CT) also smacked round-trippers as the Colonials powered past the Lightning.
"Our bats finally woke up from hibernation. We hit the ball well and took advantage of a small park," said WestConn head coach John Susi following the surge. "Marquis was huge for the win. It was a bulldog effort from the freshman," he added.
The aforementioned Colonial rookie pitcher Zach Marquis (Bristol, CT) tossed 4.1 innings of solid relief work, striking out five while allowing just one run.
The visitors drew first blood with a three-run outburst to open the top of the first. The hosts countered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame.
Lehman would seize a 10-7 lead as they put up six runs in the bottom of the fourth. However, WestConn retaliated with five runs in the sixth and another five in the seventh en route to the win. With the score, knotted at 10-10 sophomore Matt Mancini (Waterbury, CT) ripped a single through the left side for what would become the game-winning run as MacLean came across home plate.
The Colonials return to action for a Little East Conference doubleheader at Rhode Island College on Saturday at Noon.