May 14, 2011

Baseball Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader at Long Island

The Central Connecticut baseball team swept a doubleheader on the road at Long Island on Saturday afternoon. Central won the first game 10-2 and the second 8-0. With the pair of wins the Blue Devils move to 25-23-1 overall and 17-14 in Northeast Conference play. The two teams will finish the weekend series on Sunday at 12 p.m. Central has qualified for next week's NEC Tournament, and will be the #4 seed.

In game one, freshman J.P. Sportman's two-RBI double with the bases loaded in the first inning for Central on the board for the first time in the series. Classmate Anthony Turgeon followed with a two-RBI single in the same inning to make it 4-0. The Blackbird got a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-1.

In the third inning senior Pat Epps singled followed by another single from Turgeon. Freshman Dylan DelaCruz doubled to right center field to score both runners and up the lead to 6-1. A run in the bottom of the inning for Long Island made it 6-2.

Sportman's second RBI of the game, a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, made it 7-2.

Junior Mitch Wells drove in a run in the fifth with a single, the third hit of the inning for the Blue Devils. The lead reached 10-2 on a sacrifice fly from Epps and when Wells scored after senior Sean Miller-Jones stole second base.

Senior lefty Dave Krasnowiecki picked up the victory on the mound, improving to 5-4 on the season. He becomes the third Blue Devil to win five games this season. He pitched six innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five.

Central won the second game 8-0. They scored three runs in the fourth inning and five more in the sixth to claim the doubleheader sweep. Todd Savatsky went the distance and improved to 6-4 on the season with the shutout. He allowed only four hits and struck out six in the victory.

Wells finished the game with three hits and an RBI. DelaCruz added two more hits and scored two runs. Designated hitter Tyler McIntyre had a pair of RBI. Sportman and Miller-Jones each drove in one run.

The Blue Devils and Blackbirds will complete the weekend series with a single game on Sunday at noon.

Central has qualified for the NEC Tournament, being held next weekend in Norwich, CT at Dodd Stadium. The Blue Devils will be the #4 seed and play top seed Monmouth in the first game of the tournament on Thursday.