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Warriors twice erase deficits but leave tying runs aboard in ninth


MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Jhonneris Mendez, , Mark Addesa and Nick Travelyn all drove in runs as the Suffolk University baseball team snapped a tie with four runs in the top of the ninth inning and held on for the 11-9 non-conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Monday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Suffolk (14-12) snaps an eight-game losing streak at the hands of Eastern (19-8). There were 11 extra-base hits in the game, including eight doubles.

At right: Joe Cousineau's afternoon included four putouts in center field and five RBI at bat. (Stephen Goomrigian photo)

The Rams never trailed after the third inning but Eastern tied the game twice, the second time in the eighth inning when No. 9 hitter Steve Cammuso doubled with one out and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jim Schult to make it 7-7. The Rams batted around in the ninth, however, scoring four times on three hits, two intentional walks and a hit batsman. With the bases loaded and one out, Mendez greeted Eastern reliever Andrew Morrison with a tie-breaking single, Addesa followed with a two-run double, and No. 9 hitter Travelyn capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to make it 11-7.

Eastern rallied in the ninth to score twice with two out and one on on doubles by Andrew Dewing and Shane Kingsley and singles by Cammuso and John Parke, but Mendez replaced left-handed starter Andrew Babb and got a fly ball to right to leave the tying runs on base.

Seven of the runs in the game were unearned as the teams combined for eight errors.

Six different Suffolk players drove in runs for Suffolk. Bobby Barrett and Babb both had two hits and two RBI for Barrett scoring three times. Joe Cousineau drove in five of Eastern's runs and scored two. Cousineau hit a game-tying three-run home run in the sixth - the second HR of his career - and also doubled in the first Eastern run in the ninth and scored the second. All-America infielder Melvin Castillo hit a solo home run leading off the second inning - extending his program-leading total to 43 - and Cousineau hit a sacrifice fly to give Eastern an early  2-0 lead, but Mark Annese and Travelyn doubled to open the third and Barrett tied the game with a sacrifice fly.

Chris Thomson of Eastern singled in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to 12.

Eastern hosts Trinity College Tuesday at 6 p.m.  The Warriors are ranked in a tie for fifth in New England and 22nd nationally; Trinity is fourth n New England and 13th nationally.