DANBURY, CT – Sophomore second baseman Stanley Rijo (Torrington, CT) went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while senior CJ Angelo (Trumbull, CT) and rookie Taylor Donofrio (Terryville, CT) combined for four innings of shutout relief to lead the Western Connecticut baseball squad to a stunning 7-3 upset victory over visiting fifth-ranked Ramapo College on Monday night at Westside Field.
The Colonials got all the runs they would need in the second inning, torching Roadrunners' junior starter Tyler Curto (Stamford, CT) for five runs. Rookie designated hitter Kyle Maclean (Southington, CT) ignited the barrage with a lead-off single. Senior third baseman Ryan Lacey (New Milford, CT) would then reach base on a bunt before Rijo singled to left, pushing Maclean around to the plate. Shortly thereafter, senior outfielder John Kelly (Stratford, CT) pounded a triple to right center, notching for a pair of RBI's. Sophomore shortstop Bill Buscetto (Old Lyme, CT) and senior outfielder Matt Greene (New London, CT) would each add run scoring to singles, giving the hosts a 5-1 lead.
Ramapo answered right back with a run in the third when senior catcher Jared Ensmenger (Bayonne, NJ) smacked a liner that deflected off the pitcher, sending sophomore first baseman Connor Walsh (Waldwick, NJ) home to make it 5-2.
Western widened the gap to 7-3 in the sixth when senior first baseman Nick Delotto (Southbury, CT) smacked a two-out RBI double down the left field line. Ramapo attempted to stage a comeback in the top of the ninth, however, junior outfielder Dave Palladino (Southington, CT) made a spectacular diving catch near the right field line to thwart the rally.
Sophomore starter Shane Bierfeldt (Torrington, CT) picked up the win for the Colonials, improving to 1-2, while Donofrio earned his fourth save of the season. Curto dropped to 2-1, while Ensmenger finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI's for the Roadrunners.
With the victory, Western improved to 14-15 overall, while Ramapo fell to 27-7-1. The Colonials return to action against visiting cross-state LEC nemesis Eastern Connecticut Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.