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Baseball Stumbles at Wesleyan, 10-3

Baseball Stumbles at Wesleyan, 10-3

MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Western Connecticut State University baseball squad battled dreary weather conditions once again as they fell at non-conference foe Wesleyan University on Wednesday afternoon, 10-3. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 6-22 overall while the Cardinals improved to 16-15.

The Colonials got on the board in the top of the third when Logan Terry reached home on a passed ball for the 1-0 edge.

Wesleyan answered in its half of the inning. Jake Alonzo singled through the left side, Alex Cappitelli walked and Jamie Mills was hit by a pitch to load the bases, before Andrew Keith singled up the middle to drive in Alonzo and Cappitelli for the 2-1 lead.

WestConn threatened to knot the game in the fourth when Jake Babon singled, Kevin Smith walked and Adam Muzsi was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but all runners were left stranded.

Wesleyan cracked the game open in the fifth. Cappitelli got things going with a single to left center, before stealing second and crossing home on a single by Mills. Later, Wes Fritch doubled to right center to drive in Mills and Keith, before a double by Adam Geibel brought home Jonny Corning and Fritch for the 7-1 advantage. The Cardinals looked to continue their run with bases loaded, but WestConn reliever Jonathon Vigdorchik struck out two-straight to end the inning.

The Colonials got back two runs in the top of the seventh when Erik Merrill scored on a passed ball, before Matt Mancini touched home on a sacrifice fly by Babon to make it 7-3.

The Cardinals extended their lead to 10-3 in their next at-bat. Nick Valicenti walked, Alonzo bunted and Cappitelli was hit by a pitch to load the bases, before Mills singled to drive in Valicenti. Later, Keith was hit by a pitch as Alonzo scampered home, before Fritch drove in Cappitelli.

The Colonials tried to get things going in the top of the eighth when Muzsi singled, advanced to second on a throwing error and then advanced to third on a sacrifice fly, but WestConn was unable to plate a run and Wesleyan secured the 10-3 victory.

The Colonials return to action for a doubleheader at Little East Conference opponent Keene State on Friday beginning at Noon.