Baseball Shut Down at No. 13 Eastern Connecticut, 6-2

Box Score

Mansfield, CT (4/6/10) - Freshman righty Benjamin Church (Rochester, MA) pitched a two-hitter over  his seven-inning stint in his first home start and Chris Thomson (Montville) and Andrew Dewing (Swampscott, MA) combined to drive in five run as the No. 13 nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team defeated Montclair State University, 6-2, Tuesday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

In his third collegiate start, Church (2-0) pitched four hitless innings after givng up a leadoff infield single in the second and a one-out double in the third. He fanned a career-high nine and walked three in the longest stint of his short career.

Thomson homered for the second time in as many games, boasting Eastern (13-5) into the lead for good, 2-1, with a two-run home run  that followed a leadoff walk by Robert Perry (Manchester). Thomson’s run-scoring double made it 3-1 in the sixth, Dewing stroked a two-run double to center with two out in the seventh to make it 5-1, and Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) came off the bench to belt his fourth home run – a solo shot in the eighth – that pushed the lead to 6-1.

Thomson was the only player with more than one hit, going 3-for-4 to improve his batting average to .400. Dewing now has 32 RBI on 26 hits. Senior All-America Melvin Castillo (Danbury) reached base all four times he came to bat with a hit, two walks (one intentional) and a hit-by-pitch. He doubled into the right field corner leading off the sixth and scored on Thomson’s double and drew an intentional walk and scored on Dewing’s two-out double in the seventh.

Against Church, Montclair (9-7) managed to hit only five balls out of the infield, none over the first three innings. The Red Hawks, scratched out the first run of the game in the second on an infield single by Kevin Bond (Cedar Grove, NJ), walk and infield ground ball by Jason Chesterman (Bloomfield, NJ / Bloomfield). A one-out double in the third by leadoff hitter Jay Bionde (Pompton Plains, NJ) was the team’s only other  hit. Church retired 12 straight after that hit until issuing a one-out walk in the seventh to Michael Boggi (Towaco, NJ).

Eastern stole five bases in the game – at least one coming in all four innings in which it scored runs. The Warriors were caught only once, that coming in the fourth when Thomson overslid second base after leading off the inning with a single.

The Red Hawks look to get back on the winning track on Thursday, April 8 as they head to the Gerrity Complex in Jersey City, NJ to face New Jersey City University for the second time in a week. First pitch is slated for 3:30 pm. Last week, Montclair scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to down the Gothic Knights, 9-5 at Yogi Berra Stadium.

The game was originally scheduled for Yogi Berra Stadium, however the teams flip-flopped dates following the severe rainstorms in late March.