ARLINGTON, VA - Senior Bill Buscetto, Jr. (Old Lyme, CT) led off the season with a first pitch homer over the left field wall as the Western Connecticut State University baseball squad opened the 2018 slate with a 7-4 non-conference victory at Marymount University on Saturday afternoon. The Colonials return to action to play another two games against the Saints on Sunday.
Buscetto finished the day 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI's, while classmate Zach Sagar (Trumbull, CT), junior Kyle Maclean (Southington, CT) and sophomore Brett Shaw (Southington, CT) chipped in with two hits apiece.
Junior starting pitcher George Bielizna (Danbury, CT) tossed five innings without allowing an earned run to pick up the victory before classmates Matt Fasoli (Trumbull, CT) and Taylor Donofrio (Terryville, CT) tossed four innings of shutoff relief. Donofrio earned his first save of the season.
After the Colonials jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Buscetto's solo shot, the Saints evened the count at 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning, pushing across an unearned run.
WestConn retaliated with three runs in the top of the second. Buscetto highlighted the inning when he knocked a double down the left field line to score Shaw, who singled earlier in the frame. Maclean then notched a sacrifice fly RBI to put the Colonials ahead, 4-1.
Marymount countered with an unearned run in the third followed by another pair of unearned tallies in the fourth, deadlocking the score at 4-4.
Sagar would then knock in what would become the game-winning run when he smacked a double to right in the fifth, scoring senior Clete LoRusso (New Milford, CT), who reached on a walk. The Colonials would add runs in the sixth and seventh both via wild pitches to seal the 7-4 victory.
"We got on a bus in the early morning hours and drove six hours to win a game. Not many teams can accomplish that feat. Our pitching was solid and Buscetto had some great at-bats," said WestConn head coach John Susi following the season opening win.
The Colonials will square up with the Saints yet again for a doubleheader that starts tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.