The Central Connecticut baseball team fell, 1-0 in 11 innings, to Massachusetts on Saturday at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis, MD. The Blue Devils got 5.0 shutout innings from senior Tom Curtin and two hits from junior Chandler Debrosse, but dropped their second one-run game to the Minutemen this season.
Central slips to 0-2 on the season. The Blue Devils are back in action on Sunday and will play UMass at 10:30 a.m. and Navy at 2:00 p.m.
The Blue Devils had the first scoring threat in the top of the third inning. Freshman Jack Nolan was hit by a pitch to lead off and moved to third following a single by Debrosse and a UMass error. The runners were left stranded on an inning-ending strikeout.
Curtin allowed just one runner to reach third base in his 5.0 innings of work. He allowed just two hits, while striking out a pair. Curtin did allow four baserunners to reach via hit by pitches, but stranded the runners.
CCSU put runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings, but UMass' Sean Harney would manage to work out of the jams unscathed.
The Minutemen loaded the bases in the seventh with two outs, but freshman Tim Buchek got a fly out to end the inning and keep the game tied.
UMass would load the bases again in the bottom of the ninth with one out, but senior Jared Gallagher got a strikeout and a line out to end the threat.
The game was scorless until the bottom of the 11th when Collin Shapiro was hit by a pitch to lead off and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A walk would put runners on first and second, before Logan Greene put the ball in play to left field. An error would allow Shapiro to come home from second to score the winning run.
Buchek and Gallagher combined for 5.0 shutout innings in relief for CCSU. Each of them rang up three strikeouts.
Anthony Videtto had two of UMass' seven hits on the day. Harney got the start and tossed 6.0 shutout innings, while scattering five hits with 10 strikeouts and a walk. Casey Aubin got the win and struck out seven in 2.2 innings of work.