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Austin pitches Titans past Silver Knights

POSTED July 17, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn

Torrington's own, Patrick Austin was all business on Tuesday night at Fuessenich Park. Austin pitched five effective innings against the Nashua Silver Knights, allowing just two hits while striking out five. Torrington beat the Knights, 6-2 to improve to 13-17 on the year.

Austin pitches Titans past Silver Knights

TORRINGTON - The Torrington Titans got a big win and look like they might finally be headed in the right direction.

Pat Austin allowed a run and one hit in five innings, Bob Seda drove in two runs and Ryan Kelly scored twice as the Titans posted a 6-2 victory over the Nashua Silver Knights on Tuesday night at Feussenich Park.

Torrington imprved to 13-17 on the season. The Titans have won two straight and three of their last four and are right in the thick of things as far as the Futures Collegiate Baseball League playoff race goes. Just three teams in the FCBL are over .500 and the Titans are just 2 1/2 games out of third.

Micheal Odenwaelder gave Torrington a quick 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the first. Nashua (20-11) tied the game in the second, scoring a run on a rundown play as Dan Cellucci crossed home plate before Gabriel Hernandez was tagged out in a rundown to end the inning.

That was all Austin would allow as the lefthander yielded just a run and a hit with five strikeouts and two walks to improve to 2-3 on the season.

"I felt good, with the hot weather I was really loose," Austin said. "Putting a few runs on the board makes you feel comfortable too."

The Titans took the lead for good in the fourth when Jake McGuiggan led off with a double and was moved to third by CJ Saylor. J.J. Gould plated McGuiggan with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

Austin needed only five pitches to retire the side in the fifth and the Titans tacked on another run in the home half of the frame. Casey Jones started things with a walk and then stole second and advanced to third on an errant throw. Seda made it 3-1 with an RBI single to left.

Two walks and a hit batter set things up for the Titans in the sixth and they responded with three runs to take a 6-1 lead. Saylor and Gould scored on an error and Kelly came home on a sac fly to center by Seda.

The quick fifth ended Austin's night but not before he did enough to earn his second win over the two-time defending FCBL champs this season. It was the third time Austin has faced the Silver Knights this summer and he felt the familiarity worked in his favor.

"I was able to work guys in, try to saw them off," Austin said. "Sometimes seeing a team that much can work both ways but I felt like I knew their hitters, what they wanted to try and do and I had a good gameplan and was able to execute."

With starters Chris Hatfield and Nick Fuller pitching well and closer Alex DiSanto, who was not needed Tuesday, allowing just an unearned run all season, the strong outing from Austin was another good sign for the Titans.

"Pat pitched well and it was a good bounce-back outing for him," Titans coach Misha Dworkin said. "He's been great and now we are starting to get through our rotation with everyone healthy. It's an easy game if you get good pitching like we did."

Torrington gets right back to work and will look for its first three-game winning streak of the season on Wednesday with a day-night doubleheader against Old Orchard Beach (14-17) with game one starting at 1:05 p.m.

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