Baseball Falls 9-8 at UCF in Game Two of Series

The Central Connecticut baseball team dropped the second game of a weekend series on the at UCF on Saturday, 9-8.  Senior Josh Ingham and sophomore Connor Fitzsimons each drove in a pair of runs in the loss.  Central is now 1-2 overall on the season.  The two teams will finish the weekend series with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.  Freshman Matt Blandino is scheduled to take the mound for the Blue Devils.

The Blue Devils took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on the first RBI of the game from Fitzsimons.  An RBI groundout from freshman Yuri Morin made it 2-0.

UCF took a 4-2 lead with four runs in the bottom of the inning, but the Blue Devils responded in the top of the third.  A five-run inning made it 7-4 in favor of the visitors.

With the bases loaded freshman Pat Sirois walked to plate the first run of the frame.  Junior Brian Rivera singled to score the second run, a Fitzsimons bases loaded walk and a two-RBI single from Ingham gave the Blue Devils the three-run lead.

UCF scored one in the bottom of the third to make it 7-5.  They took an 8-7 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Blue Devils tied the game 8-8 in the eighth inning on an RBI single from junior Dominic Severino.  AN RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning gave UCF the 9-8 win.

Senior Nick Neumann pitched the first four innings and allowed eight runs on seven hits for the Blue Devils.  Junior Jesse Frawley went three innings without allowing a run on three hits.  Severino pitched 1.2 innings and was saddled with the loss after allowing one run on three hits.

Ingham and Fitzsimons each drove in a pair of runs.  The Blue Devils had 11 hits after posting just three in Friday's loss.  Morin, Ingham and senior J.P. Sportman each had two hits.

The two teams will finish the weekend series with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.  Fans can watch live video and follow live stats by logging onto www.UCFKnights.com.