- Score: New Haven 4, Assumption 1 (Game One); Assumption 7, New Haven 5 (Game Two)
- Records: Assumption (7-12, 1-1 NE10); New Haven (16-1, 1-1 NE10)
- Location: West Haven, Conn. (Frank Vieira Field)
- The Lead: Assumption split its opening NE10 Conference doubleheader with No. 7 New Haven, giving the Chargers their first loss of the season after starting 16-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED: (GAME ONE)
- Senior Kyle Chudoba (Oxford, Conn. / Oxford) took the mound in game one against the No. 7 ranked New Haven Chargers and pitched well, lasting 6.0 innings while only giving up two earned runs and striking out five batters to keep the Hounds in the ball game.
- Assumption took a 1-0 lead over the unbeaten Chargers in the first inning, accomplishing what many teams could not, score on All-American pitcher David Palmer. Freshman Dillon Koster (Woburn, Mass. / Woburn / Marist College) got things started with a one-out single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Senior Andrew Jaehnig (Quincy, Mass. / Boston College) then singled to left field, placing runners on the corners. Sophomore Derek Adamson (Chelmsford, Mass. / Chelmsford) pushed the run across the plate, hitting into a fielder's choice and scoring Koster from third.
- The lead lasted until the third inning when New Haven tied the game, using two walks, a single and a sac fly. Chudoba pitched out of trouble in the sixth inning as the Chargers took the lead, when he loaded the bases with one out but coaxed a double play ball to end the inning, only allowing one run.
- New Haven plated two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to end the scoring at 4-1.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Junior Trevor McQuade (Westwood, Mass. / Xaverian) led the Hounds at the plate, recording a 2-for-4 effort.
- Koster finished 1-for-4 with a run, while Adamson went 1-for-4 with a RBI.
- Junior Mike Keinz pitched relief and tossed the final 2.0 innings, striking out two batters while surrendering two runs (one earned) on a pair of walks and hits.
HOW IT HAPPENED: (GAME TWO)
- Freshman James McNamara (Westford, Mass. / Westford Academy) started game two for the Hounds, pitching 4.0 innings and allowing five runs (one earned) as the defense was less than stellar behind him, committing three errors. Junior Colton King (Westerly, R.I. / Moses Brown Prep) was excellent in relief earning the win, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings to help Assumption take the lead and hold it, before freshmen Brendan Desautels (Holden, Mass. / Holy Name Central Catholic) came on in the ninth and picked up his second save of the season.
- New Haven jumped out of the gate fast, taking an early 2-0 lead over Assumption in the first inning. The Chargers then seemed to take control of the game when they pushed three more runs across the plate in the fourth inning, growing their lead to 5-0.
- The Hounds did not give in, cutting into the lead in the fifth and sixth by scoring one run in each inning. Assumption took the lead for good in the seventh inning, when junior Hunter Tralli (Berlin, Conn. / Northwest Catholic) led off the inning with a single to right center field. After he advanced to third on a throwing error, sophomore Jared Brescia (Brentwood, N.H. / Exeter) singled to make it a 5-3 game. Senior Quinn Moynihan (Worcester, Mass. / Lipscomb University) then dropped a bunt for a single and sophomore Joe Michael (Johnston, R.I. / Johnston Senior / CCRI) recorded a base knock to load the bases with one out. Adamson had the clutch hit, driving a ball to deep left field, scoring all three runs and giving the Hounds a 6-5 lead.
- King was fantastic in relief, holding the Chargers scoreless while Assumption mounted its comeback. The Hounds added an insurance run in the ninth inning, giving Desautels breathing room when he came on in the ninth. The freshman gave up a leadoff single and hit a batter, but buckled down with two outs and struck out Joe Caico who was batting over .500 coming into the weekend.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Hounds compiled 14 hits, with six players recording multi-hit games.
- Adamson was huge, going 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Brescia finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
- Jaehnig went 2-for-5 with a RBI and run, while Michael and Moynihan combined to go 4-for-10 with three runs.
- Tralli scored two runs and drew a walk, on top of going 2-for-3.