FORT PIERCE, FL - Western Connecticut State University sophomore first baseman Matt Mancini (Waterbury, CT) went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs, but the Hood College baseball team remained undefeated following its 13-6 victory over the Colonials on Tuesday afternoon.
Mancini had run-scoring singles in the second and fifth innings. Both hits scored George Bielizna (Danbury, CT).
Bill Buscetto, Jr. (Old Lyme, CT) went 0-for-4 but tallied a pair of runs batted in on productive ground outs in the fifth and seventh innings.
Brett Shaw (Southington, CT) and Moe Echevarria (Norwalk, CT) each had two hits on the afternoon.
Junior righty Michael Esposito (Plainfield, CT) suffered the loss after coming on in relief in the fourth inning. He gave up a pair of runs, the last which proved to be the game-winning run, and allowed just two hits.
"Hood is now 13-0 while averaging over 13 runs a game and we battled offensively all afternoon, collecting 13 hits," said 19-year WestConn head coach Johnny Susi. "Mancini continues to stay hot at the place for us."
Leading the Blazers offensive attack was Jordan Patterson who went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in. Cam Esposito and Drake Friend each drove in a pair of runs for the winners.
Andrew Lojko (Trumbull, CT) started for the Colonials, now 5-4, and was cruising until a spell of wildness with three straight walks and a wild pitch, forced Susi to get into the bullpen. Six WestConn pitchers saw action on the bump on Tuesday.
Jake Howell earned the victory after going two innings of relief. He allowed four hits and two runs before yielding to Patterson for the final two innings.
WestConn will get right back at it on Wednesday when it meets Delaware Valley in a noon doubleheader.