Seven players have multiple hits and eight multiple RBIs in assault
MANSFIELD, Conn. - Senior second baseman John Parke (Middlefield) and junior first baseman Tyler Turgeon (Norwich) combined for seven hits, seven RBI and seven runs scored to spark a 24-hit attack off five pitchers which carried the No. 13 Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team to a 28-4 rout of Springfield College Wednesday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.
At right: Tyler Turgeon
Ranked third in New England and 13th nationally in Division III, Eastern (14-5) unloaded season-highs for runs, extra-base hits (14) and total bases (49) en route to its sixth win over Springfield (9-12) in as many seasons.
The Warriors sent eight batters to the plate it the first inning and nine in the second in racing to an 8-0 lead. An eight-run sixth inning featured five hits and was highlighted by the first of two home runs in the game by Turgeon and a bases-clearing single by junior leftfielder Robert Perry (Manchester) (he was thrown out between first and second after falling and injuring himself while running out a drive into the ga). In a nine-run eighth inning, Eastern sent 13 batters to the plate. Five of its six hits were good for extra bases, with Turgeon belting a two-run home run, freshman third baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) doubling twice, and freshman shortstop Drew Accomando (Monroe) tripling.
All-America senior infielder Melvin Castillo (Danbury) broke his second career record in a week, setting a new standard for total bases. He tied Dwight Wildman's ('04) record of 447 with a two-run double in the second and set a new mark with a one-out single in the fourth. Castillo, already the career home run and RBI leader, has 448 total bases. Castillo has hit safely in his last two games after having a 16-game hitting streak snapped Monday; It marked his 15th game this year with more than one hit and eighth with more than one RBI.
Parke was 4-for-7 (his second four-hit game this year) with three RBI and five runs scored. He had two triples and a double. Turgeon was 3-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored. He homered twice. Senior outfielder Chris Thomson (Montville) hit his third home run in as many games, giving him five home runs in his two-year Eastern career in only 87 at-bats.
Senior lefty pitcher Mike Tingley (Rockvile) left the game with a no-hitter in the fifth inning (he walked five and hit a batter) and on the long end of a 8-1 lead, falling two outs shy of his second win of the year (pitchers need to pitch five innings of a nine-inning game in order to be credited with a win). Junior lefty Bill Roveto (South Windsor) pitched 2 2/3 middle innings of relief to gain his second win in as many relief appearances this season.
Roveto is 2-0 in seven career appearances, following his father, Rob, who was 14-0 in his two-year career in the early 1980s which also included a save in the championship game of the 1982 national tournament. Turgeon is the son of Eastern's former shortstop, Mike, who hit 12 home runs in his three-year Eastern career before signing with the Chicago Cubs as their sixth-round draft pick in 1977. Tyler Turgeon played the 2008 and 2009 seasons at Division I Quinnipiac University.
Eastern hosts Keene State College Saturday in a noon Little East Conference doubleheader.