BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Freshman John Mesagno (Tappan, NY) and senior Alex Zachary (Enfield) had back-to-back two-out RBI doubles to tie the score in the top of the seventh inning, and sophomore Devin Belenski (Oxford) drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single in the eighth as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team rallied for an 8-5 non-conference victory over Bridgewater State University Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Park.
The comeback win is the third straight on the road for Eastern (10-4), which defeated Bridgewater State (6-7) for the sixth straight time. Last Sunday, the Warriors erased a one-run deficit after six in a 5-4 win at Johnson & Wales University before wiping out a 4-0 deficit four days later in a 9-5 victory at No. 26 Salve Regina University.
Trailing 5-2 against Bridgewater, Eastern got one back in the top of the third and tied the game by scoring twice in the seventh after there were two out and none on. First-year sophomore Cory Baldwin (Cromwell) sparked the rally when he was hit by a pitch, and Mesagno doubled his season RBI total with an RBI double down the left field line. Zachary then doubled to right field to tie the game, 5-5.
With one out in the eighth, sophomore Alexander White (West Hartford) was walked by losing pitcher Kevin Bresciani (0-2) – the seventh of eight Bridgewater pitchers – and advanced to second on junior D.J. Scavone's (Auburn, MA) single. Pinch-hitting, Belenski then plated White with an infield single – doubling his season RBI total – to give Eastern the lead for good, and with two out, Baldwin plated pinch runner Ryan Hood (Arlington, MA) and Scavone to make it 8-5.
Mesagno reached base five times with four hits – his third multi-hit game -- and a walk. Zachary had three hits – two of them doubles – and drove in two runs. Baldwin reached four times with a hit, two walks and a hit-by-pitch, scored twice and drove in two runs. Baldwin, Mesagno and Zachary bat 1-2-3 in the order.
Zachary extended his program hitting streak to 34 with an RBI single when the Warriors pounced early for two runs in the first, with senior Pat Sirois (Cromwell) sending in the second run with a sacrifice fly.
Junior righty Sam Kosterich (Stamford) gained his third win in four decisions this year, while sophomore lefty Nick Rascati (Wallingord) nailedd down his second save with the final two hitless innings. Kosterich pitched a scoreless seventh and benefited when the Warriors pushed across the go-ahead runs in the eighth. Eastern pitching allowed only one hit over the final five innings.
Although first-team All-New England Region sophomore Alex Parkos (Meriden) delivered a third-inning sacrifice fly that produced the Warriors' third run, he failed to reach base for the first time this year. Parkos flew out twice and grounded out twice.
Eastern opens its Little East Conference season Saturday, hosting the University of Southern Maine in a noon doubleheader.