The Central Connecticut baseball team completed the four-game sweep over visiting Fairleigh Dickinson University on Sunday afternoon, topping the Knights 17-3. The series sweep is the fourth for the Blue Devils this season in league play. They also swept Mount St. Mary's twice and Sacred Heart once.
The Blue Devils finish the regular season 33-20 overall and 21-7 in Northeast Conference play. They will be the #2 seed in next week's NEC Tournament. FDU finishes its season 12-34 overall and 8-18 in league play.
Central will play again on Thursday at 4 p.m. vs. #3 Wagner in the first round of the NEC Tournament at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT. Fans can watch the game live on NEC Front Row.
Central took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-RBI double down the right field line from junior Mitch Guilmette.
The Blue Devils increased the lead to 3-0 on an RBI groundout from junior Dean Lockery in the second inning.
FDU scored twice in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 3-2. CCSU answered in the bottom of the inning, leading off with five straight singles from Lockery, senior Tyler Coleman and RBI singles from junior Ryan Costello, Guilmette and freshman Buddy Dewaine to make it 6-2. A sacrifice fly from junior Ron Jackson pushed the lead to 7-2.
FDU scored one in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI single from Jason Fatzinger.
The Blue Devils scored 10 times in the eighth inning to put the game away. Costello hit a three run home run, his ninth of the season, in the eighth inning to push the Blue Devil lead to 10-3. An RBI single, along with an error, by senior Franklin Jennings made it 12-3. A two-RBI double from senior Nick Landell and an RBI single from Lockery made it 15-3. Junior Sean Udris drove in two with a single to make it 17-3.
Junior Stanley Wolpiuk pitched the first 4.2 innings for the Blue Devils allowing six hits and two earned runs. Classmate Austin Salnitis pitched 2.1 innings allowing just one hit and striking out three to earn his first win of the year.
The Blue Devils will be the second seed in this week's NEC Tournament and will face #3 Wagner on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT.