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Regional Digest: Hartford, Central, Trinity And Eastern Win Baseball Sweeps

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At Hartford, the Hawks moved to 24-12, 7-7 in the America East with a doubleheader sweep of Maine, winning the first game 6-5 in 10 innings and the second 5-1. Maine is 11-25, 2-8. In the 10th inning of the first game, Chris DelDebbio hit a solo shot to lift the Hawks to victory. Ashton Bardzell had five hits on the day and Ben Bengston four for Hartford. Brian Murphy (5-2) pitched a gem in the second game, going the distance of seven innings and yielding five hits and one run. He struck out six.

East Carolina 2, UConn 1: At Greenville, N.C., the Huskies lost the first game of a doubleheader in 10 innings despite a strong outing by Anthony Kay, who gave up three hits and a run in eight innings while striking out 10.

Central Connecticut 3-4, LIU Brooklyn 1-1: The Blue Devils swept the Northeast Conference doubleheader at New Britain, moving to 17-21 overall, 9-10 in league play. The Blue Devils got a complete game on the mound from Andrew Hinckley to take game one. In game two, Connor Fitzsimons drove in Tyler Coleman to break a tie in the bottom of the sixth as part of a three-run inning. LIU is 11-24, 5-8 in the NEC.

Trinity 2-6, Bates 1-3: At Hartford, righthander Anthony Egeln tossed a five-hit shutout with five strikeouts in the first game and co-captain Scott Cullinane blasted a game-winning, two-run homer in the seventh inning of the second game to lead Trinity (14-14, 7-5 NESCAC East). Trinity won its fifth game in a row to sweep the three-game weekend series and clinch its first appearance in the NESCAC Championship Tournament since 2013. Bates is 10-16 overall and 2-6 in the NESCAC East.

Fairfield 12-11, Saint Peter's 2-3: At Fairfield, the Stags won a sweep and increased their conference winning streak to nine games, something that no Fairfield team has ever done. Fairfield (18-18, 9-2 MAAC) clubbed 27 hits on the day and were led by Drew Arciuolo with six hits, while Kevin Radziewicz and Mac Crispino had five RBI apiece. Saint Peter's is 6-28, 1-10 MAAC.

Eastern Connecticut 5-5, Rhode Island College 1-0: At Mansfield, Jacob Smith (1-0) pitched 6 2/3 innings in the first game, giving up four hits and a run to earn the win. In the second game, Jordan Muchin (4-0) pitched a complete-game shutout, giving up four hits over nine innings. He struck out six. Eastern is 17-10 overall, 8-2 in the Little East.

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Trinity 7-3, Colby 1-0: At Hartford, Cassia Armstrong allowed one unearned run in game one and Rachael Smith threw a one-hit shutout in game two for Trinity (17-10 overall, 5-4 NESCAC East). Colby is 12-15, 3-6. Erica Quinones and Courtney Erickson drove in three runs each in game one for the Bantams

Southern Maine 3-9, Eastern Connecticut 2-8: Samantha Rentz and Samantha Bardos homered in the second game but Eastern fell in eight innings. Eastern is 12-20, 4-6 in the Little East.

Quinnipiac 1-1, Fairfield 0-2: Quinnipiac split a MAAC doubleheader, improving to 17-23 overall and 3-5 in conference play. The Stags are 21-17 and 8-4. The Stags came into the day with the second best offense in the conference, but the Bobcats held them to no eared runs through 15 innings.

Central Connecticut 3-10, Fairleigh Dickinson 5-7: Central is at 15-19 overall and 4-2 in NEC action after the doubleheader split, while Fairleigh Dickinson is 10-25, 3-3. Eileen Purcell powered the Blue Devils all afternoon, finishing 5-for-7 with a double, triple, two RBI and three runs scored. Brittany Camara hit a two-out, three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning in game two to propel the Central win.

Hartford 8, UMass Lowell 4: Hartford's first four batters in the order — Kylie Dazalla, Jenice Aloyo, Danielle DeMarco and Peyton Fisher — combined for nine hits to lead the Hawks (6-33 overall, 2-7 America East) to the win in the first game of a doubleheader at Lowell, Mass.

Saint Joseph 3-5, Suffolk 1-6: Patti Sciglimpaglia improved to 14-1 in the first game of the split, allowing three hits and one run (zero earned) in seven innings while striking out nine. Both teams are 23-7 overall; the Blue Jays are 13-3 in the GNAC and Suffolk is 12-4.

Ex-UConn Player Dies

Former UConn men's basketball player Chad Wise has died. Wise, from Arkansas, played in 22 games for UConn in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

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