The Central Connecticut baseball team dropped its finale at the Snowbird Classic, falling 8-2 to Saint Joseph's on Wednesday in Punta Gorda, FL. The Hawks built a four-run lead and the Blue Devils were unable to mount a rally. Central slips to 3-5 overall on the season.
The Blue Devils return home to host Saint Peter's on Saturday. The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.
SJU scored the games first four runs. After getting a run in the third, the Hawks tacked on three runs in the fourth. Brian Vance hit a two-run single and Brendan Hueth drove in one more with a single to make it 4-0.
CCSU got on the board in the fifth. Stephens knocked a one-out single and moved to second following a walk. Kanios would drive in Stephens with a single to make it 4-1.
The Hawks would respond with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Vance drove in his second run of the day with a single and pushed the lead to 6-1.
Dominic Cuoci singled home a run in the sixth for Saint Joseph's and James McConnon doubled home a run in the seventh to give the Hawks an 8-1 lead.
Sophomore James Dolaghan led off the CCSU ninth with a walk and advanced on a single. He would move to third after SJU turned a double-play. With two outs, Kanios singled home his second run of the day to make it 8-2.
Freshman Tim Buchek made his first start for Central and would go 3.1 innings, but took the loss allowing four runs.
Luke Zimmerman tossed 6.0 innings of one-run ball for SJU to get the win. Vance drove in three runs for the Hawks, while Hueth, Liam Bendo and Nate Thomas each had three hits for the Hawks.