NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 15 ranked Southern Connecticut State University baseball team captured their 32nd win of the season by defeating Felician College on Senior Day at The Ballpark at SCSU. The Owls honored their three senior class members before the game – Ed Bethke (Branford, Conn.), Greg Malen (Stamford, Conn.), Kyle Penney (Columbia, Conn.) – as they claimed a 10-1 victory to finish the 2010 regular season with a 16-4 home record. Chris Zbin (Colchester, Conn.) threw 13 strikeouts in six innings and Michael Cleary (West Boylston, Mass.) was a double away from hitting for the cycle. He was 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.
The Owls improve to 32-9-1 overall as Felician dropped to 23-22.
Southern opened the game early by taking a 6-0 lead after the first. Kyle Rosadino (Berwyn, Pa.) started things off with a double through the right side. He later advanced to third on a wild pitch and later scored on a wild pitch for the first run of the game. Eric Schlitter (Guilford, Conn.) later drove in Nick DeProspo (Worcester, Mass.) on an infield groundout and a single from Jordan Hockenberry (Glastonbury, Conn.) brought Ryan Geffert (Plymouth, Pa.) across home plate as Southern went ahead by three.
They weren’t done yet as Bryan Dorsey (Cheshire, Conn.) walked to put runners on first and second. Cleary stepped to the plate with one out remaining and hit his first career home run over the right field wall as the Owls took a 6-0 lead.
Southern added four more runs in the ballgame as they pulled away to take a 10-1 win.
Rosadino and Hockenberry each went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Rosadino added a RBI and Hockenberry drove in two runs. Dorsey went 1-for-2, walked twice and scored three times and Cleary hit a single, triple and a home run. Zbin recorded the win and is now 7-1 on the season. He went six innings, allowed just one run on two hits and struck out 13 batters. Bethke and Simon entered the game in relief efforts as they pitched three hitless innings.
The Owls return to action on Saturday for their final regular season game in a doubleheader at Southern New Hampshire.
Southern Connecticut 10, Felician 1 (04/28/10 at New Haven, Conn.)
Felician………… 001 000 000 – 1 2 2 (23-22)
Southern Connecticut 600 020 11X – 10 10 0 (32-9-1)
Pitchers: Felician – KOSSAK; SIEDLER(4); ROSE(6); CALABRESE(7). Southern Connecticut –
Chris Zbin; Ed Bethke(7); Steve Simon(9).
Win-Chris Zbin(7-1) Loss-KOSSAK(2-2) T-3:00 A-37
HR SCS – Michael Cleary.
Zbin faced 1 batter in the 7th.