The Central Connecticut baseball team won its first contest of the season with a 9-5 victory over St. Bonaventure on Friday at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, FL. Junior Chandler Debrosse drove in three runs for CCSU, while junior Chris Kanios and sophomore Jeremy Sagun each drove in two runs.
The Blue Devils improve to 1-3 on the season with the win. Central faces St. Bonaventure on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
Central built an eight-run lead in the first four innings. Kanios drove in freshman Jack Nolan with a sacrifice fly in the top of the second to open the scoring. Debrosse followed with a single that brought home sophomore Peyton Stephens to make it 2-0.
CCSU tacked on five runs in the third inning. Central loaded the bases with two outs and Sagun delivered a single to drive in junior Buddy Dewaine and sophomore Jake Siracusa to make it 4-0. A single by Kanios brought home Stephens and a double by Debrosse drove in Sagun and Kanios to make it 7-0.
Junior Dave Matthews doubled with one out in the fourth and moved to third on a fly ball. He would score on a wild pitch to push the CCSU lead to 8-0.
The lead was more than enough for Central starter senior Tom Curtin. The right hander scattered four hits over the first four innings. The Bonnies got on the board when Brandon Henshaw drove in a run in the fifth inning.
Alex Schutz doubled home a run for St. Bonaventure in the bottom of the sixth. Schutz would score on a an error with two outs to make it 8-3.
Central tacked on a run on a single by Nolan that scored Siracusa in the top of the ninth to make it 9-3.
The Bonnies closed out the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Henshaw plated a run with a groundout and Tyler Kelder hit a solo homerun to make it 9-5.
Curtin earned the win, scattering nine hits across 7.0 innings. He allowed two earned runs, while striking out three and walking two.
Debrosse went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs and drew a pair of walks. Nolan had two hits, while scoring a run and driving in one more. Siracusa and Stephens each scored two runs. The Blue Devils finished with eight hits as a team and drew eight walks.
Sam Fuller had a three-hit day for St. Bonaventure, which finished with 13 hits. Ben Contento started, but lasted just 2.2 innings and was charged with seven runs on five hits and six walks.
The team play again on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.