March 19, 2006
New Britain, Conn. - The Central Connecticut baseball team scored 17 unanswered runs and erased a three-run deficit (6-3) to defeat Holy Cross, 20-6, on Sunday afternoon in New Britain. Holy Cross falls to 7-5 on the season, while Central Connecticut improves to 7-3, after winning two of three games against the Crusaders this weekend.
The Blue Devils scored 20 runs on 21 hits in the game.
Tucker Frawley and Jamie Aldrich combined to go 5-for-8 with three runs batted in to lead the Crusader offense. Frawley was 2-for-4 at the dish, including a two-run double in the first, which gave Holy Cross an early 2-0 lead. Aldrich went 3-for-4 on the day with one RBI.
The Crusaders scored first with a pair of runs in the first inning off of Blue Devil starter Adam Piechowski. Aldrich led off the inning with a single and advanced to second when Tom Potvin was hit by a pitch. Both runners scored when Frawley doubled down the right field line with no outs in the inning. Holy Cross took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Tim Hughes reached on an error, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then scored when Aldrich singled off the first base bag with two outs in the inning.
The Blue Devils tied the game at three with three runs in the bottom of the second inning off of Holy Cross starting pitcher Jim McCloud. But the Crusaders got the lead back with three unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning. Norm Roth led off the inning with a single and advanced to third base on a throwing error, putting runners at the corners. Roth scored on a fielder's choice by Tim Hughes. With the bases loaded, Potvin and Kyle Lister each walked scoring a pair of runs and making it a 6-3 ball game.
But that was all the offense the Crusaders would muster, as Central Connecticut put up four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take their first lead of the game. The Blue Devils left the bases loaded in the fifth, but led 8-6 after five complete innings.
The Blue Devils opened up a nine-run lead in the sixth inning, scoring seven runs on seven hits while bringing 11 batters to the plate. CCSU then plated five more runs in the eighth inning for the 20-6 score.
Holy Cross is back on the road on Tuesday, March 21, when the team travels to Brookline, Mass. for a 3:00 p.m. game at Northeastern.