Monday, April 14, 2008
Mansfield Complex, Mansfield, Conn.
FINAL: EASTERN CONNECTICUT 10, SUFFOLK 8
MANSFIELD, Conn.-- Junior Tristan Hobbes’s (Utica, N.Y.) two-run single keyed a three-run eighth inning rally that lifted Eastern Connecticut to a 10-8 come-from-behind victory over Suffolk in a non-league college baseball contest played Monday afternoon at the Mansfield Complex.
Hobbes’s heroics capped a seven-run rally over the final three innings for the host Warriors (16-10-1), who trailed 8-3 entering the sixth but closed back to within a run on a grand slam off the bat of senior Ismael Bolorin (Manchester, Conn.), his third round-tripper of the spring. Hobbes then gave Eastern Connecticut the lead for good with his two-run safety, and freshman Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) gave the hosts an insurance run with an RBI single to cap the eighth inning rally.
An RBI double by junior Keith Carter (Newburyport, Mass.), coupled with a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior Nick Martinho (Middleton, Mass.), staked the visiting Rams (19-7) to a 2-0 first inning lead, but RBI singles by junior Shawn Gilbair (Windham, Conn.) and freshman Andrew Dewing (Swampscott, Mass.) that was followed by Schult’s run-scoring fielder’s choice, gave the Warriors a 3-2 lead in their first at-bat. Suffolk regained a 4-3 second inning lead on an RBI double by senior Matt Shanahan (Winchester, Mass.) and a throwing error, and the visitors extended that lead to 6-3 with two more tallies in the third on run-scoring singles off the bats of Shanahan and sophomore Mike Kenneally (Georgetown, Mass.). The Rams added single runs in the fourth on an RBI double by sophomore Tim Corcoran (Beverly, Mass.), who was named earlier in the day as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Week, and in the fifth on Shanahan’s third home run of the season, setting up Eastern Connecticut’s late inning heroics.
Hobbes, Schult and sophomore John Parke (Middlefield, Conn.) each had two hits in the win for the Warriors, as senior Joe Esposito (East Haven, Conn.) collected his second victory of the spring on the mound with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Sophomore Chris Wojick (Uncasville, Conn.) pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his third save for Eastern Connecticut, which rapped out 11 hits on the afternoon. Shanahan and sophomore Bobby Barrett (Milton, Mass.) each had three hits in the setback for Suffolk, which also received two hits each from Carter and Kenneally. Senior Greg DiMarco (Newton, Mass.) suffered the setback on the mound in relief for the Rams, who saw their seven game winning streak come to an end.
Suffolk hosts Albertus Magnus in a Great Northeast doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Northeastern’s Friedman Diamond beginning at 1:00 p.m., while Eastern Connecticut hosts Bridgewater State in a non-league outing on Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Complex beginning at 4:00 p.m.
123 456 789 R H E
Suffolk (19-7) 222 110 000 - 8 11 2
Eastern Connecticut (16-10-1) 300 004 03x - 10 11 4
SUF: Tim Doyle, Mike Carbone (6), Greg DiMarco (8) and Bobby Barrett
ECS: James Kukucka, Ronnie Newkirk (3), Michael Montanari (5), Joe Esposito (7),
Chris Wojick (9) and Andrew Magliola, Chris Cannata (6), Rob Chmiel (8)
WP: Esposito (2-0) LP: DiMarco (1-1) Save: Wojick (3)
Home Runs: SUF – Matt Shanahan (2); ECS – Ismael Bolorin (3)