The Central Connecticut baseball team split a doubleheader on
the road at Wagner on Saturday, winning the first game 8-7, and
dropping the second 6-4. With the split the Blue Devils are not
6-7-1 overall and 4-2 in Northeast Conference play. The two teams
will finish the weekend series with a pair of games on Sunday
beginning at 12 p.m.
The Blue Devils held off a late run by the Seahawks in the first game, winning 8-7. Despite five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Blue Devils won for the fourth time in five league games.
Sophomore Todd Savatsky moved to 3-0 on the year in game one. He pitched seven innings allowing just two runs and four hits. His three wins lead the team this season.
Central scored two runs in the first and one in the third to take a 3-0 lead. They added one in the seventh to make it 4-0. The Seahawks scored two off Savatsky in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 4-2. The Blue Devils answered, plating three in the eighth and one more in the ninth to make it 8-2. Wagner scored five in the ninth to make it 8-7.
Freshman righty Josh Ingham earned his first collegiate save, coming in the ninth inning and shutting the door on the Seahawks. He allowed a pair of hits and struck out one.
Senior Pat Epps was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI and two doubles in the victory. He reached base in four of his five plate appearances, including a pair of walks and a sacrifice. Freshman Dylan DelaCruz was 3-for-3 with two RBI in the victory. Leadoff man Jake Matuszak had three hits and scored twice. Freshman J.P. Sportman, senior Sean Miller-Jones and junior Danny Hickey all had an RBI in the win.
In the second game freshmen A.J. Lowers and Anthony Turgeon each had a two-out RBI in a two-run second inning to give Central a 2-0 lead. Wagner took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the inning with four runs off Blue Devil starter Dave Krasnowiecki.
The Blue Devils tied it up in the fourth inning when Turgeon drove in his second run and Matuszak's bunt single scored a run. Wagner took a 6-4 lead with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Turgeon finished 3-for-3 with two RBI in the second game. Matuszak had three more hits and an RBI and finished the day with six hits in the two games.
The two teams will finish the weekend series with a doubleheader on Sunday at 12 p.m. The first game will be seven innings followed by a nine-inning nightcap.