Connecticut 8, Vermont 6
TIGERS STORM BACK FROM FIVE DOWN TO WIN AT VERMONT, 8-6
Hoffman two-run single in ninth helps Connecticut end skid
BURLINGTON, VT- Teddy Hoffman lined a two-out base hit into center field to score the go-ahead and insurance runs in the ninth inning as the Tigers stunned a big crowd in Burlington, Vermont Saturday night with an 8-6 victory at Centennial Field.
Trailing 5-0 into the fifth, Connecticut began to chip away with hits from Andres Sthormes, Will Savage, and Dylan Rosa. Coupled with a fielders choice and one of six Vermont errors, the Tigers got within two at 5-3.
After Vermont added a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 6-3, Connecticut inched closer in the eighth after Reynaldo Rivera reached on a error, Hoffman walked, and Sthormes grounded out to bring home Rivera. Savage then reached on yet another miscue by the Lake Monsters, scoring Hoffman to cut the deficit to 6-5 heading to the ninth.
In the ninth, Luke Burch and pinch hitter Jordan Pearce produced one-out singles. Another Vermont error brought home Burch with the tying run, and after a Cam Warner walk loaded the bases with two outs, Hoffman delivered his biggest hit of the year, a line drive into center field to bring home pinch runner Ro Coleman and Colby Bortles.
Drew Carlton (1-0) threw two scoreless frames to pick up hist first win as a Tiger, while Brandon Kelliher (2-2) took the loss for Vermont, which now leads Connecticut by four games in the Stedler Division standings heading into game two of the series Sunday afternoon at 5:05 at Centennial Field.
You can hear the contest on 1310 WICH and online at www.cttigers.com
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