The Central Connecticut baseball team dropped a 16-14 home
decision to visiting Connecticut on Wednesday afternoon in New
Britain. The two teams combined for 30 runs, 34 hits and seven
errors and the game lasted three hours and 15 minutes. With the
loss the Blue Devils fall to 19-17-1 overall. The Huskies are now
29-12-1 with the victory. Central returns to action on Friday at
Quinnipiac at 3 p.m.
Central took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly from senior Pat Epps. UConn took a 2-1 lead in the second inning on a two-run single from Billy Ferriter.
The Blue Devils took a 4-2 lead after a three-run third inning. Epps drove in his second run of the game, and then the Blue Devils score twice on an RBI single by freshman Anthony Turgeon. A second run scored on the play after a throwing error by the Huskies.
The Central lead reached 8-2 in the fourth inning. Junior Jake Matuszak tripled home the first run and then freshman Dylan DelaCruz hit a two-run home run, his first career round-tripper, to push the lead to five. An RBI single from senior Sean Miller-Jones capped the scoring.
The Huskies got a run in the fifth to make it 8-3. The more runs in the fifth gave the Blue Devils an 11-3 lead. A pair of UConn errors helped give Central the eight-run lead. Matuszak, DelaCruz and junior Mitch Wells all drove in runs in the inning.
The Huskies scored five in the sixth to cut the lead to 11-8. George Springer had a three-run home run in the inning as the Huskies had four hits, including two home runs.
Central scored three in the bottom of the inning. A two-run RBI double from sophomore Andy Lalli and an RBI from Matuszak gave Central the 14-8 edge. A four run inning, including a second three-run home run by Springer, cut the lead to 14-12 in the seventh. A two-run home run from Tom Verdi and an RBI single from L.J. Mazzilli gave the Huskies the 15-14 lead in the eighth.
A run in the ninth made it 16-14 in favor of the Huskies.
Turgeon and Matuszak each had three hits for the Blue Devils in the loss. Matuszak and DelaCruz each drove in three runs, while Epps and Lalli each drove in two.
Central returns to action on Friday on the road at Quinnipiac beginning at 3 p.m.