MAHWAH, NJ – After a stellar performance during the Florida trip earlier this season, senior first baseman Frank Vartuli (Westport, CT) continued his torrid hitting pace as he went 3-for-3 with three RBI's to lead the WestConn baseball team past non-league opponent Ramapo College – previously ranked No. 6 in the nation earlier this year – on Monday afternoon, 6-2. The Colonials improved to 9-7 overall, while the host Roadrunners dropped to 7-9.
"It was a good win played extremely well after being off for a while since our Florida trip. Vartuli collected the 100th hit of his career and our pitching staff was outstanding," said WestConn head coach John Susi following the win.
The visitors jumped all over Ramapo in the top of the first when Vartuli smacked an RBI double to left, scoring senior EJ Lavoie (East Granby, CT) and Joe Costa (Hopewell Junction, NY) – who each reached on singles.
Ramapo countered with a run in the fourth before the Colonials retaliated with four runs in the top of the fifth, extending the lead to 6-1. After a single to right-center, sophomore Kyle MacLean (Southington, CT) eventually came around to score on a wild pitch to begin the barrage. Moments later, junior Stanley Rijo (Torrington, CT) laced a single to center, sending a pair of runners across the plate. Vartuli capped the outpouring with a single down the left field line, scoring Rijo.
The Roadrunners answered with a run in the bottom half of the frame, shrinking the lead to 6-2. However, the Colonials used several pitchers over the course of the remaining innings to keep the host hitters off balance en route to the win.
Sophomore hurler George Bielizna (Danbury, CT) picked up the win to improve to 2-0 for the visitors, while Kyle Haag dropped to 1-1 for Ramapo. WestConn returns to action at non-conference foe Manhattanville College on Tuesday at 4 p.m.