ARLINGTON, VA – After opening the season with a victory over Marymount University on Saturday, the Western Connecticut State University baseball team returned to square off against the host Saints yet again in a doubleheader on Sunday. The Colonials erupted for a seven-run fifth inning en route to an 8-6 comeback victory in Game One before being held to just one hit in an 11-1 loss in Game Two.
Sophomore outfielder Brett Shaw (Southington, CT) went 2-for-3 while driving in a pair of runs to lead WestConn in the opener. Senior second baseman Stanley Rijo (Torrington, CT) and sophomore outfielder Greg Campbell (Harwinton, CT) chipped in with two hits apiece.
Senior lefty reliever Shane Bierfeldt (Torrington, CT) came on to earn his first win of the year, while junior righty Taylor Donofrio (Terryville, CT) struck out a pair and tossed a scoreless seventh to rack up his second save of the weekend.
Trailing 5-0 with two outs in the top of the fifth, the Colonials' bats came to life. Senior third baseman Joe Daigle (Southington, CT) ignited the flurry when he smacked a single to right-center, scoring junior catcher Zach Sagar (Trumbull, CT), who singled to shortstop earlier in the frame. Senior Joel Luna (New Milford, CT) rounded out the rampage when he reached on an error, allowing a pair of runs to touch the plate, giving the visitors a 7-5 advantage.
The Saints quickly countered with a run in the bottom half before WestConn retaliated. Shaw drove a single through the left side, pushing Daigle across the plate after he was a hit by a pitch and stole second. With the Colonials ahead 8-6, Donofrio took the mound to seal the win.
It was all Saints in the nightcap as the Colonials managed just one hit. Marymount sophomore righty Kenny Sysyn (Monroe, NJ) tossed a complete game while surrendering just one run and racking up nine strike outs.
The Colonials tallied their lone run in the fourth. Junior outfielder Kyle MacLean (Southington, CT) reached on a throwing error before Sagar singled through the left side. Junior George Bielizna (Danbury, CT) then launched a sacrifice fly to center, scoring MacLean, evening the count at 1-1.
However, Marymount responded with two in the bottom of the fourth and then notched four-spots in the fifth and sixth innings en route to the 11-1 win, moving to 3-5 overall.
"It was a solid trip to begin the season. Bierfeldt was very good on his return to the mound after last year's injury. Donofrio was sharp and Adam Wilson got a big hit to cap our comeback," said Colonial head coach John Susi after the action. "Marymount came out swinging well in the final game while we struggled with command on the mound," he added.
With the split, WestConn went to 2-1 overall. The Colonials return to action to begin their spring trip in Fort Pierce, Florida when they meet Washington College for a twin bill on Sunday, March 11 at 11 a.m. They have games each day until the trip concludes with a doubleheader against Cairn on Friday, March 16.