Baseball Drops 8-3 Decision at Home to UMass on Tuesday

Senior Pat Epps homered and drove in two but the Central Connecticut baseball team dropped an 8-3 decision at home on Tuesday afternoon. The homer for Epps is the 27th of his career, extending his school record. The Blue Devils are now 17-14-1 overall on the season.

UMass scored in each of the first three innings, taking a 6-0 lead after three. They posted one in the first, two in the second and three in the third.

Epps got the Blue Devils on the board in the fourth inning with a two-run home run over the left field fence. It was his second home run of the season. Junior Mitch Wells added an RBI groundout in the bottom of the eighth inning to cut the lead to 6-3.

The Minutemen scored two runs in the ninth inning to push the lead to 8-3, the eventual final score.

Central used five pitchers in the game. Donny Crook took the loss, pitching the first two innings and allowing four hits and three runs. Nate Sturgis pitched three shutout inning for the Blue Devils, allowing two hits and striking out four.

Epps had his home run and two RBI. Freshman J.P. Sportman and Anthony Turgeon each had two hits for Central in the loss.

The Blue Devils return to action on Thursday hosting Fairleigh Dickinson in a Northeast Conference game beginning at 3 p.m.