The Central Connecticut baseball team won two of three games vs. Sacred Heart on Sunday, and finished the regular season 26-20 overall and 14-10 in Northeast Conference play. Sacred Heart is now 27-26 overall and 13-11 in league action after winning the final game of the series. To open the day the Blue Devils won Thursday's continued game 5-3 after playing the seventh and final inning. They then won game three of the series 9-2 before SHU won the final game 5-2.
The first game of the day actually began on Thursday, when senior Anthony Turgeon gave the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning with his first home run of the season. Sacred Heart tied it up with two runs in the bottom of the first inning.
The Pioneers took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single from Keith Klebart.
Central took a 4-3 lead in the sixth. With one out Turgeon singled up the middle and then scored on a triple to right field from Ingham. Ingham scored on a base hit to right from freshman Pat Sirois.
Senior Tom Coughlin pitched the first five innings allowing three runs, all earned, on six hits while striking out three. Freshman Matt Blandino pitched the sixth inning. The game was suspended in the top of the seventh inning due to darkness.
When the game resumed on Saturday, senior J.P. Sportman singled to lead off the seventh and scored from second on an RBI single from Turgeon making it 5-3. Senior Nick Neumann pitched the final inning to earn his first save of the season.
The Blue Devils wasted no time taking the lead in the second game of the day. An RBI double from senior Josh Ingham scored Turgeon for the 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
The lead reached 5-0 with a four-run third inning by the Blue Devils. Turgeon and Ingham drove in runs with fielder's choice ground balls when the Pioneers tried to throw runners out at the plate. A third run scored on a wild pitch and an RBI single from Sirois made it a five-run lead.
Central added another run on another RBI fielder's choice in the fifth inning, this time from Blandino, to make it 6-0. After the Pioneers scored in the bottom of the fifth, Central added another run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Ingham. Central added two runs in the seventh inning on a single from Jennings and a sac fly from Turgeon.
Blandino picked up his fourth win of the year pitching the complete game and allowing just a pair of runs. He struck out seven and allowed seven hits in the victory.
In the fourth and final game of the series Sacred Heart took a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning, including a three-run home run from Victor Sorrento.
The Blue Devils cut the lead to 4-1 on a sacrifice fly from freshman Tom Rinaldi in the fifth inning.
A run in the ninth inning made it 5-2, and the Pioneers won the final game of the series.
The Blue Devils will be the #2 seed in next week's NEC Tournament which begins on Thursday at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT. Sacred Heart will be the #3 seed and the two teams will meet on the first day.
June 6, 2014 Sportman Drafted by A's in 27th Round
June 6, 2014 Neumann Goes to Pirates in 28th Round on Saturday
May 24, 2014 Baseball Season Comes to an End With Tournament Loss
May 23, 2014 Baseball Drops Winner's Bracket Game to Bryant
May 22, 2014 Baseball Wins Behind Seven Innings from Neumann
May 21, 2014 Three Blue Devils Earn All-Conference Honors
May 21, 2014 Ingham, Sportman Named All-New England
May 15, 2014 Baseball Drops Game One, Game Two Suspended
May 14, 2014 Baseball Series vs. SHU Shifted
May 13, 2014 Baseball Wins 5-1 at Hartford on Tuesday
May 12, 2014 Blandino, Severino Earn NEC Honors
May 11, 2014 Blue Devils Take Two on Sunday vs. LIU
May 10, 2014 Baseball Wins Game One, Game Two Suspended
May 9, 2014 Baseball Drops Series Opener to LIU 4-2
May 4, 2014 Baseball Drops Finale to Fairfield on Sunday
May 1, 2014 Baseball Wins Sixth Straight Game
April 29, 2014 Changes Made to Weekend Fairfield Series
April 28, 2014 Baseball vs. Albany Moved to Thursday
April 28, 2014 Neumann and Connolly Earn Weekly NEC Honors
April 27, 2014 Baseball Completes Weekend Sweep of Wagner
April 26, 2014 Baseball Takes Game Three From Wagner
April 25, 2014 Baseball Takes Two From Wagner on Friday
April 24, 2014 Baseball Weekend Schedule Shifted
April 22, 2014 Baseball Tops Stony Brook, 4-1
April 21, 2014 Baseball Drops Non-Conference Game at UConn
April 21, 2014 Sportman Named NEC Baseball Player of the Week
April 19, 2014 Baseball Drops Finale at FDU on Saturday
April 18, 2014 Baseball Splits Doubleheader at FDU on Saturday
April 17, 2014 Baseball Wins Opener vs. FDU on Thursday
April 15, 2014 Tuesday Baseball vs. UMass Postponed
April 14, 2014 Blandino Named NEC Rookie of the Week
April 13, 2014 Baseball Tops Bryant 3-1 on Sunday
April 12, 2014 Baseball Drops a Pair at Bryant on Saturday
April 11, 2014 Baseball Drops Series Opener at Bryant, 4-3
April 8, 2014 Ingham Paces Baseball to Win at Holy Cross
April 7, 2014 Coughlin Repeats as NEC Pitcher of the Week
April 6, 2014 Baseball Drops Finale vs. the Mount
April 5, 2014 Baseball Splits With Mount on Saturday
April 4, 2014 Baseball Wins as Coughlin Blanks Mount
April 3, 2014 Friday's Baseball First Pitch Moved to 1:30
April 2, 2014 Baseball Tops Rhode Island, 3-1
April 1, 2014 Baseball Edges UMass Lowell, 4-3
March 31, 2014 Coughlin Named NEC Pitcher of the Week
March 30, 2014 Baseball vs. Iona Postponed
March 29, 2014 Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Seton Hall
March 27, 2014 Baseball Drops Home Opener
March 26, 2014 Baseball at UConn Moved to April 21
March 25, 2014 Baseball vs. Quinnipiac Moved to Thursday
March 23, 2014 Baseball Drops Finale at Bethune-Cookman
March 22, 2014 Blue Devils Win Second Straight at Bethune Cookman
March 21, 2014 Baseball Wins, Coughlin Throws Eight Strong Innings
March 19, 2014 Baseball Falls to UConn in Extras
March 18, 2014 Baseball Falls to Army in Winter Haven, Florida
March 16, 2014 Baseball Tops UCF 5-4 in 10 Innings on Sunday
March 15, 2014 Baseball Falls 9-8 at UCF in Game Two of Series
March 14, 2014 Baseball Drops Opener at UCF on Friday
March 11, 2014 Baseball vs. Hartford Postponed
March 7, 2014 Baseball Wins Opener, 2-1, in Extra Innings
February 26, 2014 Wednesday Baseball Postponed