Central Connecticut State baseball fell to Oregon in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Regional in Eugene Friday night. The Blue Devils were downed by the Ducks in a 13-10 final.
The Blue Devils fell behind early, giving up a two-run blast to Kenyon Yovan in the bottom of the first. Oregon tacked on another run by a solo homer in the second inning and got one more on a wild pitch, taking a 4-0 lead.
A Noah Martinez RBI single made the game 4-1 in the third inning, and a Sam Loda 6-4-3 double play scored another run for CCSU, cutting the lead in half at 4-2.
Oregon got the runs back in the bottom half with Yovan again going deep, this time a solo homer to make it a 5-2, and Anthony Hall driving in a run on a fielder’s choice.
Yovan, a twice-drafted prospect for the Ducks, entered the postseason with 14 homers and 51 RBIs.
CCSU continued to chip away, getting an RBI single from Dan Covino and a fielder’s choice RBI from Jay Devito to make it a two-run game again at 6-4.
In the fifth inning the Blue Devils got a two-run single from Hunter Pasqualini to make it a 7-6 game, CCSU still trailing. But, Oregon blew the game open in the bottom of the fifth, getting a 3-run homer from Anthony Hall and a run on a wild pitch to flip the game to 11-6 in favor of Oregon.
Oregon’s Aaron Zavala homered to center field in the bottom of the sixth and Anthony Hall had an RBI single to extend it out to 13-6.
In the seventh inning CCSU made another push for an equalizer, bringing the score to 13-10 on an RBI double from Matt Bertochi, an RBI single from Jeff Nicol and an RBI double by Devito.
Buddy Dewaine rached on an error, allowing a run to score, making it 13-10 before Loda grounded out to shortstop.
Both sides went down quietly in the eighth inning and CCSU was unable to make any magic happen in the top of the ninth, going down quietly with a runner on.
Devito finished the night 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Pasqualini had three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Covino, Martinez and Bertochi also had two hits each. In total, CCSU had 16 hits to Oregon’s 13.
The loss for CCSU will put them in the losers bracket, and will face the loser of LSU and Oregon, who will play late Friday night.