Late-Inning Offense Powers Stonehill Past Bridgeport, 10-4

Skyhawks score ten unanswered runs after falling behind 4-0 in the fourth inning

Sophomore Brian Campbell powered Stonehill's offense today with a 3-for-5 effort, including a double and four RBI.

WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 10, 2014) – The Stonehill College baseball team scored in each of the last four innings, including four times in the fifth and three times in the sixth, en route to a 10-4 comeback victory over the University of Bridgeport today in non-conference action at Alfond Stadium on the campus of Rollins College.

Sophomore Brian Campbell (Franklin, Mass./Mount Saint Charles) went 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and four RBI, and in the process improved his batting average to .395 this season. Classmate Chris Hoyt (Walpole, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) followed Campbell in the batting order, and went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Hoyt also stole two bases, giving him a team-best six in 2014. Senior shortstop Dan Fratus (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) matched Campbell's 2-for-4 effort and added two RBI, while freshman Steve Lee (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) recorded two hits and two runs in Stonehill's comeback victory.

Sophomore John Hauck (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn-Trafford) earned the win for the Skyhawks, as he lasted eight innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits to go with six strikeouts and one walk. All six of the hits that Hauck allowed were singles. Junior Armand Rugel (Middletown, R.I./Middletown) took over in the ninth inning and allowed one hit before retiring the side.

Bridgeport was led offensively by junior catcher Clayton Morris (Sharpsburg, Ga./Lawson State CC) and sophomore outfielder Bryan Kondor (Shelton, Conn./Shelton). Morris went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI, while Kondor was 2-for-2 with a double and one run. Senior Jesse Solar (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee), junior Tim Bickford (Wallingford, Conn./Monmouth Univ.) and freshman Dylan Steigerwald (Holbrook, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) each added one hit for the Purple Knights.

Freshman southpaw Adam Thayer (Ansonia, Conn./Ansonia) started the game on the mound for Bridgeport, and he took the loss after going 5.1 innings and giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits. Thayer recorded three strikeouts and handed out two walks as well.

Sophomore Chris Hoyt went 2-for-5 with two runs, two steals, and one RBI today.

After three scoreless innings, Bridgeport got to Hauck in the top of the fourth for four runs. Steigerwald led off the inning with a walk, then advanced to second on a passed ball. Freshman Casey McCone (Milford, Conn./Foran) followed with a single to score the game's first run and advanced to second on the throw home. Bickford then singled to give Bridgeport a 2-0 lead, and the Purple Knights would score two more times in the inning on a throwing error.

Down 4-0 in the fifth inning, Stonehill mounted a rally of its own. Sophomore Brian Hocking (Duxbury, Mass./BC High) got things started with a single up the middle, and Lee followed with another single. After both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt, Campbell cut Bridgeport's lead in half with a two-run single to left center. Later in the inning, Stonehill tied the contest on a two-out, two-run double to left field by Fratus.

Stonehill followed its big fifth inning with three more runs in the sixth. After Hocking drew a one out walk, Lee doubled to put runners on second and third. Sophomore Chris Callahan (Southington, Conn./Holy Cross) came up next and delivered a pinch-hit RBI single to give Stonehill its first lead of the day. With two runners still on base, Callahan upped Stonehill's lead to 7-4 with a two-run double to left. The Skyhawks added another run in the seventh, and two more in the eighth on the way to their sixth win of the season.

Stonehill (6-3, 0-0 NE-10) and Bridgeport (3-4, 0-0 ECC) will square off for the fourth time in three days tomorrow at 2 p.m. The two teams split yesterday's doubleheader, with Stonehill taking the opener, 3-1, and Bridgeport winning the second game, 3-2. The Skyhawks will also play Rollins tomorrow night at 6 p.m.

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