Baseball Splits With Long Island and Claims Second Seed in Next Week's NEC Tournament

Baseball Splits With Long Island and Claims Second Seed in Next Week's NEC Tournament

Senior Richie Tri drove in three runs in the first game of a doubleheader as the Central Connecticut State University baseball team split with Long Island on Saturday. Tri's walk-off single in the eighth inning of game one gave Central the 5-4 extra inning win. Long Island rebounded for a 11-1 win in the second game. Central is now 17-14 in league play, and will be the second seed in next week's NEC Tournament in New Jersey. They finish the regular season on Sunday with a single game vs. the Blackbirds at 1 p.m.

In the first game, senior Richie Tri drove in three runs, including the game-winner, as Central came back from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4 in eight innings.

Long Island struck first for the second straight day, scoring a single run in the top of the first inning. Drew Walsh drove in Gerard Tingos with a single and one out in the inning.

The lead reached 4-0 in the third inning. Tyler Jones drove in a run on a double and Walsh drove in his second run of the game with a single up the middle. A third run scored on a wild pitch. Central got on the board when sophomore Mitch Wells drove in a run on a single up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the inning. The score was 4-1.

The Blue Devils scored twice in the fifth to cut the lead to 4-3. Senior Richie Tri tripled home a run and Wells drove in his second run of the game to cut the Blackbird lead to 4-3. They tied it up when Tri walked with the bases loaded in the sixth to make it 4-4.

Tri's third RBI gave the Blue Devils the win in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was the second walk-off win of the series for Central.

In the second game, the Blackbirds took the lead for the third straight game with a single run in the top of the first inning. Central tied it at 1-1 on an RBI groundout from junior Pat Epps in the bottom of the inning.

Long Island scored twice in the second and three more times in the third to take a 6-1 lead. They scored another in the fourth, making it 7-1. Drew Walsh drove in a run with a single in the sixth as LIU plated four more runs to take an 11-1 lead.

The Blue Devils and Blackbirds will finish the weekend series tomorrow with a single game beginning at 1 p.m. Prior to the game the Blue Devils will honor their senior class, playing their final game at home for Central.

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