AUBURN, NY- The Auburn Doubledays built a 7-0 lead and held on as the Connecticut Tigers sent the tying run to the plate in the ninth, only to fall short Tuesday night at Falcon Park, 7-4.
Southpaw Seth Romero, Washington's top pick in this years draft, left after three dominant, hitless innings with a two run lead. Romero consistently hit 90-94 MPH while striking out five Tigers. Yonathan Ramirez (3-3) followed with three more shutout frames to get the win.
Down 7-0 in the seventh, the Tigers bats awoke. Colby Bortles (2-for-4) doubled and scored the first Connecticut run on a Hector Martinez (2-for-4) base hit.
In the eighth, Ro Coleman (2-for-3) and Luke Burch singled, and Garrett McCain followed with a base hit to bring in Coleman. Jordan Pearce then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Burch to make it 7-3.
In the ninth, Martinez led off with a double, followed by a Dylan Rosa walk. Martinez scored when Andres Sthormes hit into a double play. But Coleman then tripled, and Will Savage walked, setting up Burch as the tying run at the plate. The center fielder took a third strike to end the game as the Tigers fell to 21-23 on the year.
Ryan Castellanos (4-3) took the loss, giving up ten hits and six runs over four innings. Burris Warner was outstanding for Connecticut, with three innings of two-hit, shutout relief to keep his team in the game late.
The Tigers will look to even the series Wednesday night at Falcon Park, with the first pitch set for 7:05 on 1310 WICH and online at www.cttigers.com
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