The Central Connecticut baseball team dropped its Northeast Conference opener at Bryant on Saturday, 12-3. The Blue Devils trailed by one run in the opening six innings, before the Bulldogs used a six-run seventh inning to take control of the game.
The loss ended a four-game win streak for CCSU, which slips to 7-6 overall and 0-1 in NEC play. Bryant improves to 11-8 overall and 1-0 in league play.
The Blue Devils and Bulldogs will close the series out on Sunday with a doubleheader. The first game is slated for 11:00 a.m.
The game was a pitchers' duel in the early going, with the teams combining for just one run in the opening 6.5 innings. The Bulldogs got a run in the second after Sam Owens singled with one out and scored on a Nick Angelini single with two outs to make it 1-0.
Senior Tom Curtin started for Central and neutralized Bryant in the opening six innings, allowing just one run and scattering five hits, before the hosts broke the game open in the seventh inning. The Bulldogs would score six runs on seven hits in the frame to take control of the game. The first eight batters in the inning reached base safely. A single by Jimmy Titus would score the sixth run of the inning to make it 7-0 before CCSU would retire three straight to end the inning.
Bryant starter Steve Theetge got all the support he would need. Theetge tossed 6.0 innings and allowed just one hit, while walking three and striking out seven and would eventually get the win.
The Bulldogs would tack on five runs in the eighth inning before the Blue Devils were able to break through in the ninth inning. Central loaded the bases with two outs. CCSU's first two runs scored on a Bryant error before sophomore Jay Devito singled to drive in a run and make it 12-3.
Devito finished with a hit and RBI, while freshmen Dan Covino, Dylan Sanchez and Steve Homza each scored runs. Sophomore Matt Bertochi went 1-for-3 with a walk for the Blue Devils. Curtin went 6.0 innings in the start and was charged with the loss. He struck out two and walked one.
Bryant had six batters record two hits, while each of the starters had at least one hit. Titus drove in three runs to power the Bulldogs.
The teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday with the first game slated for an 11:00 a.m. start.