Vermont 9, Connecticut 3
TIGERS LOSE RUBBER MATCH IN VERMONT, 9-3
Ruiz dominates as Connecticut concludes 1-5 trip
BURLINGTON, VT- Vermont starter Jean Ruiz (1-0) shackled Connecticut hitters with one-hit shutout ball over six innings and the Lake Monsters pounded out 14 hits to cruise to a 9-3 win over Connecticut in the third and final game of the series at Centennial Field Monday night.
Vermont's first three hitters reached in the first off Tiger starter Carson Lance (1-3) to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Lance settled down nicely, throwing two-hit shutout ball through the next four innings of work in his first start of the season. Jhonny Mateo relieved Lance in the fifth and Vermont pounced on the righty for six runs over the next two innings to put the game out of reach.
Down 8-0, the Tigers mounted a rally in the seventh, on the strength of four walks, a Hector Martinez force out, and a Teddy Hoffman RBI single to narrow the gap to 8-3 until Vermont's Aaron Arruda lined his third homer of the season over the left field wall in the bottom of the inning for the 9-3 final.
The Tigers managed only three hits, two by shortstop Junnell Ledezma, who was playing in his first game with Connecticut since being re-assigned to the Tigers from Lakeland.
The Tigers, who finished the road trip 1-5, come home to complete a suspended game against the Tri-City ValleyCats at Dodd Stadium on Tuesday night at 6:05, followed by the regularly scheduled contest. The first game will pick up in the top of the fifth inning with Tri-City leading 1-0.
Tickets for all home games are available at the Dodd Stadium box office, online at www.cttigers.com, or by phone at (860)-887-7962.
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