FT. MYERS, FL - After splitting a pair on Friday, the WestConn baseball squad moved to 6-6 overall following yet another doubleheader split on Saturday. In Game One, the Colonials downed Carroll 17-9. Senior shortstop EJ Lavoie (East Granby, CT) paced WestConn with a 4-for-5 performance, while driving in four runs. The nightcap saw WestConn get edged by St. Joseph's (LI), 9-7. Junior catcher Zach Sagar (Trumbull, CT) led the Colonials with four hits, while senior Frank Vartuli (Westport, CT) added a pair of hits and an RBI.
Trailing 6-1 headed into the sixth inning, WestConn erupted for 12 runs in the frame. Sophomore George Bielizna (Danbury, CT) sparked the rally with an RBI single to center field. After batting thru the Colonials lineup, he put the finishing touches on the outburst when he came around to score on an error after reaching base with yet another RBI single.
Carroll answered with a trio of runs in the bottom half, cutting the advantage to 13-9. However, WestConn answered with a run in the seventh and eighth before adding a two-spot in the ninth. Vartuli finished off the tally with an RBI sacrifice fly to center.
It was all WestConn early as they notched three runs in the first and another trio in the second. Junior Bill Buscetto (Old Lyme, CT) reached on a fielder's choice, scoring classmate Joe Daigle (Southington, CT) to get things rolling for the Colonials in the first. Sagar then singled to left, scoring Vartuli in the second to put WestConn ahead 6-1.
After the teams traded runs in the third, the game remained at 7-2 until the top of the sixth. The Golden Eagles racked up four runs in the frame, cutting the lead to 7-6. They added a run in the seventh, deadlocking the count at 7-7 before completing the rally in the ninth. After knocking a triple to lead off the frame, Matthew Burnett came around to score on a wild pitch, giving St. Joseph's the lead. They added on an insurance run on a bases loaded walk before sophomore right-handed reliever Taylor Donofrio (Terryville, CT) halted the surge, striking out the final two batters for the Colonials. WestConn had a chance in the bottom of the ninth but could not recover from the Golden Eagles rally.
The Colonials return to action Sunday at Noon for a twin bill against Colby in Florida.