NORWICH, CT - The Connecticut Tigers failed to win a game in the doubleheader against the Lowell Spinners today in front of 4204 fans at Dodd Stadium.
The Connecticut Tigers lost 5-3 in game one of the doubleheader against the Spinners. The win for Lowell clinched their first Stedler Division title since 1999.
The Tigers battled back from a 5-1 deficit in the seventh inning, putting a scare into the Spinners. Jacob Robson drove a two-run double over the head of the leftfielder to make it a 5-3 game. The double brought the tying run to the plate, but Austin Athmann fouled out to first base to end the ballgame.
Austin Sodders made the start tonight, going three innings, giving up five hits and allowing four runs. Jordan Smith came out of the bullpen, pitching three innings, allowing 2 hits, one run and struck out 3. Clate Schmidt finished off the day with a scoreless frame for the Tigers in the seventh.
Jacob Robson went 1-2, with a double, two driven in and walked twice in the ballgame.
In game two, Kyle Funkhouser threw well for Connecticut. In potentially his final start this season, Funkhouser went three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two.
The Tigers and Spinners played a scoreless ballgame until the top of the sixth inning. The Spinner broke through against Alfred Gutierrez, who gave up three runs in the frame. The inning was highlighted by a two-run home run by Jerry Downs, his fifth of the season.
The Tigers inched closer in the bottom half of the sixth. Back-to-back doubles from Austin Athmann and Josh Lester made it a 3-1 ballgame.
Again it was Jacob Robson who performed offensively, notching a multi-hit effort in game two
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