MANSFIELD, CT – Despite two hits and three RBI's which included a two-run homer from senior rightfielder Kyle MacLean (Southington, CT), the Western Connecticut State University baseball squad was downed at Little East Conference archrival Eastern Connecticut, 14-8, on Saturday afternoon at Eastern Stadium. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 6-23 overall and 3-11 in league play.
Trailing 2-1, Eastern scored eight runs in the second inning Saturday against WestConn, sending 12 batters to the plate and collecting six hits. After doubling in Eastern's first run in the first inning, Malcom cleared the bases with a two-out double in the second. Senior third baseman Alex Parkos (Meriden) doubled in a run and singled in another in the inning, giving him the 300th total base of his career. Senior centerfielder Alexander White (West Hartford) also had two hits in the inning and scored two runs. He doubled to open the inning and later in the inning singled in a run.
The Colonials scored seven runs in their first three at-bats but were shut out over the next five innings before adding a final run in the eighth when freshman second baseman Kevin Smith (Vernon, CT) and sophomore shortstop Logan Terry (Ellington, CT)– batting 8-9 – opened with singles and MacLean hit a sacrifice fly.
Smith, Terry, MacLean, and leadoff hitter Greg Campbell (Harwinton) all had two hits in Western's 11-hit attack, with Smith and Campbell each scoring twice and Smith also walking. MacLean's two-run home run in the first gave the Colonials the only lead of the afternoon, 2-1.
WestConn is slated to return to action on Monday against visiting non-conference foe Ramapo before wrapping up the campaign against visiting Yeshiva in a twin bill on Thursday.