PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Freshmen Matt Malcom (East Lyme) and Owen Marica (Haddam) each had two hits and combined to drive in five runs as first-year Eastern Connecticut State University baseball coach Brian Hamm won his first game with the Warriors, 11-4 over the University of Scranton Wednesday afternoon at North Charlotte Regional Park.
Leading 1-0, Eastern (1-3) pushed across four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on two hits, three walks and two wild pitches. A baseerss loaded walk to sophomore transfer Eric Jaillet (Ivoryton), two-run single by Malcom and a sacrifice fly by senior William Coleman (Northford) accounted for the runs against losing pitcher John Boscarino (0-1), who was lifted after the first three batters of the fourth reached safely, with sophomore transfer Luke Broadhurst (Stafford) starting it off with a double.
Junior righty Brian Hnatuk (Trumbull) allowed three hits and three runs (two earned) with four strikeouts and no walks over the first 4 1/3 innings, and junior righty Sam Gagnon (Andover) closed out the fifth to gain his first win of the season. For Hnatuk, it was his first start in almost exactly one year, since he pitched a five-hitter over seven innings with five strikeouts and no walks in a 3-0 loss to Springfield College last March 14 at Auburndale, FL. Four days later, Hnatuk pitched two-thirds of an inning in his third and final appearance of the year against Knox College before sitting out the remainder of the year with arm problems.
Senior Alexander White (West Hartford) reached four times with two hits and two walks and senior Dale Keller (Oxford) reached three times with a hit and two walks and also collected six assists at shortstop. Malcom was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run and a walk and Marica was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk. Jaillet scored two runs and drove in one with his fourth-inning single.
Three Scranton (2-5) pitchers allowed ten hits and walked 12.
Hamm was named at Eastern this year after compiling a 221-113 record in nine seasons at Amherst College, averaging 25 wins per year and leading the Mammoths to 20-win seasons each year.
Halfway through the Florida schedule, Malcom leads the team in hitting at .545, with White at .500, junior Jake LeFevre (Mansfield Center) at .429, and junior John Mesagno (Tappan, NY) and Marica at .400. All 13 pitchers on the travel roster have appeared in at least one game.
Eastern faces Lakeland University Friday at Fort Myers at noon.