NEW BRITAIN, CT - Despite a 4-for-6 performance which included a game-high six RBI's from senior shortstop EJ Lavoie (East Granby, CT), the Western baseball team fell to LEC nemesis Plymouth State, 13-11, in the opening game of a doubleheader being played at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday. The Colonials rebounded with a 12-6 victory in Game Two.
After surrendering the first run of the game, WestConn bounced back with five runs in the bottom of the third. Lavoie belted a three-run double to left-center before senior first baseman Frank Vartuli (Westport, CT) smacked a double of his own, sending Lavoie across the plate. Junior catcher Zach Sagar (Trumbull, CT) then continued the doubles party, this time down the left field line, sending Vartuli home.
The Colonials tacked on another run in the fourth with yet another Lavoie RBI-double. Shortly thereafter, they pounded out another four runs in the fifth to go up 10-1. Junior second baseman Stanley Rijo (Torrington, CT) drove in a pair with a single to center to ignite the flurry. Lavoie then singled home his fifth runner of the afternoon.
However, the Plymouth bats came to life in the sixth as they closed the gap to 10-5. They then exploded for seven runs in the top of the sixth to capture a 12-10 lead. The teams exchanged runs in the eighth and ninth innings, setting the final count at 13-11.
Plymouth held a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth when WestConn tallied a six-spot in the frame, pulling ahead 9-4. LoRusso roped a double down the left field line, scoring a pair to begin the rampage. Bielizna belted a double to right center to send Vartuli across the plate to round out the scoring.
The Colonials would not look back as they tacked on another trio of runs in the seventh en route to the win. Junior righty Kyle Sanford came on in relief to pitch four innings to earn his second victory of the season.
With the split, WestConn moved to 10-8 overall and 1-1 in conference play, while Plymouth went to 9-7 and 2-2. The Colonials return to action Sunday for yet another twin bill at Central when they meet Southern Maine at Noon.