PLYMOUTH, NH – After downing a formidable Wesleyan team on Wednesday, the Western Connecticut State University baseball team concluded the season with a doubleheader sweep at Little East Conference foe Plymouth State on Saturday afternoon. The Colonials edged the Panthers in the opener, 5-4, before rallying to capture the nightcap, 11-10. With the pair of wins, WestConn rebounded from a weather plagued first half and finished the regular season at 16-19 overall and 3-11 in league play.
In Game One, junior starting pitcher George Bielizna (Danbury, CT) strung together yet another solid performance, firing off seven innings while allowing just three earned runs. Taylor Donofrio (Terryville, CT) earned the win in relief, tossing a scoreless eighth and ninth innings.
Senior outfielder Clete LoRusso (New Milford, CT) paced the Colonials with three hits and a pair of RBI's, while sophomore Matt Mancini (Waterbury, CT) also notched three base knocks while driving in one.
With the contest knotted at 4-4, LoRusso reached on an error scoring classmate Bill Buscetto Jr. (Old Lyme, CT) who also reached on a misplay to win the game.
In Game Two, WestConn trailed 9-7 heading into the final inning. However, the Colonials surged with a four-spot in the top of the ninth to seize an 11-9 lead.
Senior Stanley Rijo (Torrington, CT) and Joe Daigle (Southington, CT) each popped two-run homers to put the Colonials on top. Rijo smashed one over the right center wall, Busceotto roped a double, and Daigle blasted another to right center to seal the win for the Colonials.
"I'm so proud of this team. They had nothing to play for yet they had more fight than any team I have ever coached," said WestConn head coach John Susi. "We got a great effort from Donofrio and it was a tremendous way to end the season," he added.