The Central Connecticut baseball team split a pair of games on
the road on Saturday at the Naval Academy. Central dropped a 5-2
decision to George Washington in the first game of the day, before
bouncing back to beat Binghamton 8-7 in the afternoon game.
Sportman hit a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning
to top the Bearcats.
The Blue Devils and Binghamton will play again in a single game on Sunday at George Washington. The Blue Devils will wrap up the trip with a single game against George Washington on Monday.
George Washington took a 1-0 lead with a single run in the second inning off of Blue Devil starter Nick Neumann.
Central took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning one a two-run RBI single from junior Mitch Wells. Wells finished the game with a pair of hits and the two RBI.
GW scored one in the fifth to tie the game, and then two more in the seventh inning to take the 5-2 lead.
Neumann pitched 6.2 innings allowing five runs while striking out four. Chris Renzoni pitched 2.1 innings of relief without allowing a hit while also fanning four.
The Blue Devils used a five-run ninth inning to win the second game of the day, 8-7, over Binghamton. That game was also played at the Naval Academy and marked the first victory of the season for the Blue Devils.
Down 7-3, Central scored five runs, three of them unearned, in the final inning to come away with the victory. Sportman's single with two outs in the ninth inning scored two, including the game-winner, and completed the comeback.
Wells and Dylan Delacruz also drove in two runs in the victory for the Blue Devils. Todd Savatsky earned the victory in relief, pitching .2 innings without allowing a hit.