VERO BEACH, FL - The Western Connecticut State University baseball team battled back in both end of the doubleheader against Gettysburg College on Monday afternoon, but the Colonials fell 14-10 and 9-6 at legendary Historic Dodgertown.
In the opener, WestConn trailed 7-0 after the top of the first inning then later saw its deficit doubled as the Bullets led, 14-0 after four innings.
The Colonials battled back to scored six runs in the sixth inning and four more in the bottom half of the seventh frame.
Leading WestConn in the early game, were junior catcher Erik Merrill (Poughkeepsie, NY) who went 3-ofr-4 and drove in three runs, sophomore third baseman Jake Babon (Southington, CT), who went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a run scored, and Adam Wilson (Southington, CT), who drove in three runs with a hit in four at bats.
Mike Hendler (Purchase, NY) suffered the loss after yielding nine runs, seven of them earned, on nine hits over the first three innings. He struck out three and is now 0-1 on the young season.
In the nightcap, the Colonials raced out to a 5-0 lead after plating two runs in the first inning and three more in the second frame.
The Bullets, now 2-1, evened the score in the bottom half of the second inning then took a 7-5 lead following a pair of RBI singles by Sinjin Smith and Mark Seibert.
Gettysburg added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
WestConn, now 0-4, scratched out a run, from a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from pinch hitter Merrill in the top of the seventh.
Junior left fielder Greg Campbell (Harwinton, CT) went 2-for-4 and laced the team's first home run of the season while freshman Kevin Smith (Vernon, CT) had three hits in four at bats in his first career start at second base.
Andrew Lojko (Trumbull, CT) took the loss on the bump after allowing six runs, just three of them earned, while giving up five hits and walking two over two innings.
WestConn plays a pair of nine-inning games on Tuesday with the regularly-scheduled 11 am game against Immaculata University and the recently added affair against Wheaton College of Illinois at 2:30 pm.