ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Central Connecticut State (2-1) used a pair of twisted numbers in the fourth and ninth innings to separate Marines (6-4) and take the weekend series over the Mids in an 11-4 game on Sunday at Max Bishop Stadium.
The Midshipmen’s offense, which totaled four runs on six hits, was led in the afternoon by Zane Raba (So., San Antonio, Texas) who recorded his first career home run in a 1-on-3 performance with three RBIs and one run scored. Ivan Aguire (Fr., Temple City, Calif.) posted the first multi-hit effort of his career, going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles to round out the best players at home plate for the Navy on Sunday.
Liam Golden (Fr., Springfield, Va.) had a career-high six strikeouts in his second start of the season but suffered the loss at the mound after allowing four runs on six hits in four innings pitched.
“Today’s game was a six-point game, but after eight and third innings,” said the head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. “They had a big rally with one out in the ninth, that sort of split thing, but we hit a few hard balls and had a bunch of hits on them today. I thought Liam (Golden) took a good start, it would have been nice to see him finish but he didn’t.
“It’s something we have to keep working on,” Kostacopoulos continued. “I thought our bullpen had a good day until the ninth rally. It was one of those games, hats off to Central Connecticut State, they’re a good team and they’re doing a good job. C is what some of these early season games are about, you have to try to figure out what your team is made of.”
CCSU broke a scoreless affair in the fourth inning, posting four runs on five hits, before adding two more runs on two hits in the top of the fifth to take a 6-0 lead. However, the contenders bounced back with a run on their next at bat as Joe Simourian (Sr., Andover, Mass.) came home to score on a throwing error to cut Blue Devil’s advantage to five points.
After breaking through with their first inning of the game in the fifth, Navy continued their rally in the home half of the sixth when Raba sent a three-run drive to the wall in right center field, cutting into the USA’s lead. Central Connecticut State at just two runs at 6-4.
The two-run deficit for the contenders would hold until the start of the ninth inning, as the Blue Devil offense netted their second twisted number of the day with five runs in the frame, including a pair of two-run homers. The late surge extinguished Navy’s attempt to come from behind, securing an 11-4 win and a series win for CCSU.
After Golden (1-1) in the bullpen for the Mids, the quartet of Nolan Jorgenson (So Eastvale, California), Trim of Thirty (Sr., Temecula, CA), Tanner Wade (Fr., Fayetteville, Ark.) and Owen Archer (Fr., Frisco, Texas). The trim provided the most efficient outing of the four, giving up a run on three hits in addition to striking out a batter over 2.1 innings of work.
Central Connecticut State starting pitcher Anthony Mozzicato (1-0) picked up the win after allowing just one unearned run on three hits in five innings. Vincent Spizzoucco closed out the win and earned the stoppage, pitching three innings while allowing just two hits and striking out three batters.
The Blue Devil offense was led by Noah Martinez who finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate with a double, two homers, three runs scored and a game-high four RBI.
Navy will return to action in search of a rebounding effort Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. as they host Mount St. Mary’s at Max Bishop Stadium. Following their tilt against the Mountaineers, the contenders are set to host Delaware State and Marist over the weekend, including two games against the Red Foxes and just one game against DSU.