Baseball Sweeps Weekend Series Over Wagner

by Sean Begin

The Central Connecticut baseball team has won the first two games of a weekend Northeast Conference series twice this year, against both Mount St. Mary’s and Fairleigh Dickinson. In both of those series they dropped the third and fourth games.

But over the weekend, the team managed to earn their first weekend sweep of the season to push them back to a .500 NEC record, thanks to some good starting pitching and even better efforts from the bullpen.

“We took a team that was limping a little bit and we came out, got up, got ahead, stretched it, and played good defense and walk away with a relatively comfortable win,” said head coach Charlie Hickey after the teams’ 7-0 win on Sunday.

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For the Love of the Game, Just let them Play

by Sean Begin

It’s time to throw out the book.

Or, at least, make some highly necessary changes.

What book? That would be the Unwritten Rules of Baseball, which made yet another appearance April 20, when the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez ignited a benches clearing brawl after he flipped his bat on what he thought was a home run.

Turned out it was really just a deep outfield hit, one that saw Gomez wind up (barely) at third base with a triple, and could, as Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi speculated, been an inside-the-park home run, had Gomez hustled out of the box.

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Baseball’s Replay Pains

by Sean Begin

The 2014 baseball season comes with a major shift in the way games are umpired: for the first time ever, instant replay will be used extensively throughout the game.

But three weeks into the season, it’s already facing major obstacles.

In a game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees over the weekend, the Yankees Dean Anna was showed on the TV broadcast to have clearly been tagged out, even though the initial ruling was safe. But after Sox manager John Farrell challenged the call, instead of being overturned it was confirmed.

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Baseball Splits Weekend Series with the Mount

by Sean Begin

The Central Connecticut baseball team headed into the weekend, and their first conference series, on the heels of back-to-back victories to even their record at 7-7.

That .500 winning percentage stayed in place after the team went 2-2 in it’s weekend series against Mount St. Mary’s, winning Friday’s game and the first game on Saturday before dropping the last two.

“We got ourselves started…this weekend and haven’t done anything to jeopardize our goal to be in the top four,” said head coach Charlie Hickey, following Sunday’s finale. “[We] had an opportunity today to come out and win a series and gain a tiebreaker and we ended up on the short end of a 6-5 game.”

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Baseball Splits Series Against Pirates

by Sean Begin

Despite the blustering wind and cold rain on Saturday, the Central Connecticut baseball team squeezed in both games of their scheduled double header against Seton Hall.

The Blue Devils took the first game, shortened to seven innings on account of the weather, 1-0 before dropping the full nine-inning second game 2-0.

“That’s why you don’t predict anything. You sort of get routines and you go about your business,” said head coach Charlie Hickey on the team getting both games played. “At the end of the day it was good for us to get out and play again.”

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Dominic Severino threw six shutout innings on Tuesday to earn his first win of the season.

Baseball Survives Ninth Inning Rally

Dominic Severino threw six shutout innings on Tuesday to earn his first win of the season.

Dominic Severino threw six shutout innings on Tuesday to earn his first win of the season.

Central Connecticut baseball, on the arm and shoulder of junior Dominic Severino, held UMass-Lowell at bay for most of the brisk and sunny Tuesday afternoon, before surviving a pair of ninth-inning home runs to edge the Riverhawks 4-3.

“The plan was today to get him [Severino] a chance to warm up properly and get out there and try and get some innings under the belt, not trying to pitch in the eighth inning with a one run lead or a tie ball game,” said head coach Charlie Hickey. “Doing that allowed him a little chance to breath. He established the ball down in the strike zone. They let him off the hook once or twice when he was a little sloppy but all-in-all he was able to give us six quality innings.”

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