Baseball: Brian Hnatuk helps Eastern to opening win
Sophomore lefty Jacob Smith (East Longmeadow, Mass,) and freshman righty Brian Hnatuk (Trumbull) combined on a four-hitter over the first seven innings with seven strikeouts and five walks when four pitchers combined on a four-hitter in the opener, and senior cleanup hitter Chad Adams (Ware, Mass.) drove in three runs in the nightcap with a single and two-run home run, as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team swept Farmingdale State College, 5-4, 6-2 in a season-opening doubleheader Saturday.
Hnatuk played four years for Trumbull High as a pitcher/third baseman.
A team captain, he was All-FCIAC second team his senior year.
As a sophomore, Hnatuk helped coach Phil Pacelli’s Eagles to the conference title.
In the opener, Eastern scored three runs in its final two at-bats to erase a one-run deficit, and junior righty Sam Kosterich (Stamford) stranded the tying run at third in the ninth inning to record his first career save.
Eastern tied the game in the eighth when first-year junior transfer Alex Zachary (Enfield) doubled with one out and scored on sophomore D.J. Scavone's (Auburn, Mass.) two-out single.
The Warriors snapped a 3-3 tie with two runs in the ninth when senior Tim Budd (Cheshire), freshman Alex Parkos (Meriden) and junior Pat Sirois (Cromwell) opened the inning with hits.
Parkos drove in Budd with a triple for his first career hit and RBI for the go-ahead run, and Sirois plated Parkas with a single.
Freshman lefty Nick Rascati (Wallingford) was credited with his first win in his debut.
He pitched a scoreless eighth in a tie game, and after the Warriors scored the tie-breaking runs in the top of the ninth, was lifted in favor of Kosterich after giving up a leadoff walk in the ninth.