Lefty dominant again in third start as Warriors are helped to 11-1 win
MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team scored six unearned runs in the first two innings and cruised to an 11-1 victory over Trinity College Monday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.
At right: Mike Riemer slides safely into second base in the fifth inning of Monday's 11-1 win over Trinity College at the Eastern Baseball Stadium. (Amanda Palmieri photo)
A winner of eight of ten at home this year, No. 15 ranked Eastern (20-6) has won four straight. Ranked 29th, Trinity had won 14 of its previous 15 games entering play but lost for the third time in as many years to Eastern. The teams share third place in the most recent New England poll.
Leading 2-0, Eastern scored four runs in the second on five hits but was helped by a passed ball on an inning-opening strikeout and an infield throwing error
Eastern senior lefty Tom Darby (Middletown, RI) gained his third win without a loss by pitching a career-high seven innings, allowing only one run on two hits and five walks while fanning seven. Since taking over as a starter in his last three appearances, Darby has pitched at least five full innings each time. He has 20 strikeouts and has allowed 12 hits (nine singles) with a 1.00 ERA.
Trinity's nine errors led to ten unearned runs, with the Bantams managing a total of only four hits off Darby and sophomore righties Michael Pendergast (Farmington) and Jon Blair (Waterford).
At right: Adam Roderick recorded his team-leading tenth multiple-hit game of the season Monday with three singles. (Amanda Palmieri photo)
Sophomore leadoff hitter Adam Roderick (West Hartford) achieved his team-leading tenth multiple-hit game with three singles in a 14-hit attack which produced 13 singles. He also drove in three runs and scored two. Senior leftfielder Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) had three hits and drove in two runs. Cammuso has raised his average nearly 100 points to .252 since March 23. Sophomore infielder Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) hit safely in his 17th straight game with a second-inning single and junior first baseman Joe Balowski (Berlin) had two hits and two RBI.
It marks the 41st straight year under 44th-year head coach Bill Holowaty that Eastern has won at least 20 games.
Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.