DANBURY, CT - Junior left fielder Moe Ortiz-Echevarria (Norwalk, CT) belted a triple and drove in a pair of runs, but the Western Connecticut State University baseball dropped a 14-3, seven-inning decision to visiting Rhode Island College at Westside Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Matt Mancini (Waterbury, CT) went 1-for-3 with an RBI and one runs scored for the Colonials, which drop to 5-16 overall and 2-6 in the Little East Conference.
The Anchormen improve to 17-7 overall and 4-2 in the league after scattering 16 hits, including eight doubles of five WestConn pitchers.
Tyler Walsh (Cumberland, RI) led the visitor's offense by going 4-for-5 with three doubles, driving in two runs and scoring three times.
Designated hitter Stephen Andrews (Lincoln, RI) was one of three Anchormen to go 2-for-4 at the plate. He had a double, drove in three runs and score once.
Nate Vigeant (Coventry, RI) and Joseph Coro (North Providence, RI) joined Andrews with two hits.
Connor Davey (Cheshire, CT) earned the mercy-rule shortened victory after allowing three runs on just two hits. He struck out six and walked seven on Wednesday.
WestConn starter Michael Esposito (Plainfield, CT) was chased in the first inning after giving up five runs, three of them earned, on three hits. He walked one in a third of an inning on the bump. Esposito is now 0-1 on the year.
The Colonials are off until Sunday, April 14 when they play host to City College of New York in a non-league doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 11 am.
RIC hosts intra-state rival Johnson and Wales University in a non-conference affair on Thursday at 3:30 pm.