FORT PIERCE, Fla. – The Western Connecticut State University baseball team opened its spring break trip in Florida by falling to Washington College in a doubleheader on Sunday at Bob Gladwin Stadium. The Shoremen took game one, 9-4, and captured game two, 13-6. Washington is now 5-0 on the season and have won its opening five games for the first time since starting the 1985 season 6-0. The Colonials fall to 0-2.
Senior right fielder Kyle MacLean (Southington, CT) went 3-for-8 and had a pair of runs batted in in the opener to lead the Colonials. Greg Campbell (Harwinton, CT) had a pair of hits in two official at backs and drove in two runs to pace WestConn in the nightcap.
Washington College 9 Western Connecticut 4 (Game 1)
How It Happened
- The Shoremen took advantage of two errors by the Colonials to plate three unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning. Luke D'Ostilio scored the game's first run on a one out sacrifice fly by Aaron Barclay. With two away, Jack Kingman singled to right field to plate Ryan Zwier to make it 2-0 and Joe Otto capped the scoring in the frame with a base hit left that chased home Dylan Nepert.
- Washington tacked on a run in the last of the second on a two out single to center by D'Ostilio that drove in CJ Gillmer.
- The Colonials took advantage of a Washington error to tally three unearned runs in the top of the third as Kyle MacLean (Southington, CT) singled through the right side to drive in both Jake Babon (Southington, CT) and Dante Postorino (Huntington, NY) to cut the deficit to 4-2. Two hitters later, George Bielizna (Danbury, CT) singled to right to score Greg Campbell (Harwinton, CT) to trim the lead to 4-3 and MacLean tried to score from second to tie the game, but he was thrown out at the plate on the throw from Chris Baker in right to keep the lead for Washington and end the inning.
- Nepert led off the bottom of the third getting hit by the pitch and would score on a double by the next hitter, Barclay to give WC a 5-3 advantage. Washington loaded the bases with two outs, but Baker flew out to centerfield to end the inning.
- Baker was involved in his second throw out at the plate with two outs in the top of the fourth following a failed pickoff attempt by Washington as his relay to Kingman got to Zwier in time to nail Logan Terry (Ellington, CT) at home to keep the lead two runs.
- With two away in the bottom half of the fourth, Barclay socked a two-run homer to left to also score Zwier.
- The Colonials cut the lead to 7-4 with a two-out RBI base hit to left by Moe Ortiz-Echevarria (Norwalk, CT) that scored Terry and got the tying run to the plate in Campbell. Campbell walked to load the bases and MacLean came up as the potential go ahead run for Western Connecticut. Washington relief pitcher Ryan Mostoller though got MacLean to hit into a fielder's choice to force Campbell at second base to end the threat.
- Washington scored a pair of two out runs in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of two errors by WestConn.
For WestConn (0-1)
- Hitting: Ortiz-Echevarria (2-fo-4, RBI), Babon (2-for-4, run), Erik Merrill (Poughkeepsie, NY) (1-for-2, two walks), Wilson (run)
- Pitching: Matt Fasoli (Trumbull, CT) (loss 0-1, four innings, seven hits, seven runs, four earned, three walks, five strikeouts)
- The Colonials notched nine hits and drew five base on balls as they left eight on base.
- The visitors had four errors in the game and led to five Washington unearned runs.
For The Shoremen (4-0)
- Hitting: Barclay (2-for-2, home run, two runs, four RBI), Kingman (2-for-3), Gillmer (1-for-2, run, two walks), Nepert (three runs), Zwier (two runs)
- Pitching: Mike Smith (win 2-0, 4 2/3 innings, four hits, three runs, two earned, four walks, six strikeouts)
- Washington had seven hits, drew seven walks and had two reach via hit by pitch while leaving seven on base.
- The Shoremen had three errors in the game, leading to one Colonials' run.
- Washington scored six runs with two outs.
- Six of the eight strikeouts by the Shoremen were called looking by the home plate umpire.
Washington College 13 Western Connecticut 6 (Game 2)
How It Happened
- The Shoremen came out strong in the top of the first inning with four runs after two were retired. Barclay socked a two-run two-bagger to plate both Baker and Zwier to make it 2-0. Barclay came around to score on a Ryan Colbert RBI double to make it 3-0 and Colbert capped the scoring in the frame when he touched the dish on a base hit by Tommy Buckman.
- Ben Ruvo came home on a sacrifice fly with nobody out by D'Ostilio in the top of the second to extend the edge to five runs.
- Washington posted a four-spot in the top of the third to extend its lead to 9-0 as they scored a run on four straight plate appearances.
- Andrew Luis (Danbury, CT) worked out a bases loaded walk with one out to force in Adam Wilson (Southington, CT) to get WestConn on the board. However, the Colonials would not get any closer as the Shoremen's Dom Giandonato came in and struck out a pair of batters.
- Washington scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fifth inning to extend the advantage to 11-1 and tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth to push the lead to a dozen runs.
- WestConn scored five times in the last of the sixth to shrink the lead to 13-6 and that would be the final margin.
For WestConn (0-2)
- Hitting: MacLean (2-for-4), Campbell (2-for-2, two RBI, run)
- Pitching: Bielizna (loss 0-1, three innings, nine hits, nine runs, nine earned, zero walks, one strikeout)
- The Colonials notched six hits, drew seven walks and had two hit by pitch as they left nine on base.
- Western Connecticut had one error in game two, leading to two unearned runs for WC.
For The Shoremen (5-0)
- Hitting: Barclay (1-for-1, two RBI, two runs, walk, HBP), Baker (3-for-3, two runs), D'Ostilio and Zwier (two RBI), Ben Ruvo (2-for-3, three runs, two RBI), Buckman (3-for-4, two runs, two RBI),
- Pitching: Jonah Frankel (3 1/3 innings, one hit, one run, one earned, five walks, seven strikeouts), Giandonato (win 1-0, 2/3 inning, two strikeouts), Connor Morgan (one scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts)
- Washington had 13 hits, worked out four free passes and had three get on via hit by pitch, while leaving eight on base.
- The Shoremen had one error in the game, leading to one Western Connecticut run.