Benedictine Outslugged by Eastern Connecticut

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WINTER HAVEN, FL - The Benedictine University baseball team rallied from a three-run deficit but came up short in a non-conference game against Eastern Connecticut State as part of the spring break trip in Florida.

Eastern Connecticut State 10, Benedictine 6

Benedictine jumped ahead with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning
Andrew Hotze led off the frame with a triple down the line in right and scored promptly on a single from Nicholas Quick
Jack Feeley and Jimmy McLaughlin tallied back-to-back one out walks to load the bases
With two away, Brandon Gipson coaxed the third walk of the inning to force home a run
Eastern Connecticut quickly responded in the bottom of the inning, chasing Benedictine starter Ivan Guzman after scoring five times
Both teams scored in the third as a triple from Erik Callaghan to start the inning again set the tone
Tanner Kiser pulled Benedictine within 5-3 by virtue of an RBI single
Down 6-3, Benedictine scored three runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game
Nick Severino used one swing to tie the game, blasting a two out three-run homer
Eastern Connecticut tallied a run in the bottom of the inning to jump ahead and tacked on two in the sixth and one in the eighth to account for the final
Eastern Connecticut was in the NCAA Regionals last year and is a perennially strong program from the East
Benedictine is 2-2 thus far on the trip

The six runs scored marked the second highest total of the season
Benedictine finished with 10 hits, the third 10+ showing of the year
Four different pitchers appeared in the game
Jacob Trumpis took the loss despite working 3.1 innings
Benedictine stranded 12 on base
Callaghan, Kiser and Chayancze Stirbis all finished with a pair of hits
Gipson and Quick each drew a pair of walks while Severino finished with three RBIs

Benedictine (3-4) takes on St. Thomas on Monday at 2:00 p.m. - Follow along with live stats