Purple Knights win in walk-off fashion

Freshman Jose Negron (New Haven) smashed a walk-off single to left field with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to score sophomore Casey Ouellette (New Canaan) from second base and give the host University of Bridgeport Purple Knights a 6-5 East Coast Conference win over the Molloy College Lions.

With one out, Ouellette reach first on a throwing error and then stole second base to set up Negron’s heroics.

Bridgeport is now 12-17 overall and 8-5 in conference play. Molloy is now 14-13 overall and 3-6 in the ECC.

Trailing 5-2 heading into the top of the sixth inning, Molloy scored two runs in the sixth and tied the game at 5-5 with a run in the top of the ninth on a two-out hit by Kevin Podell.

Freshman Kevin Johnson out of Jonathan Law picked up the win in relief for UB working 0.2 of an inning. Johnson is now 1-2 on the season.

Sean Gordon (2-1) took the loss in relief for the Lions.

Senior Brian O’Keefe, a Foran High graduate, started for Bridgeport and worked six inning in which he allowed nine hits, four runs (all earned) with nine strike outs and three walks.

Every player in the Purple Knights’ line-up had one hit on the afternoon, and senior Tim Bickford (Wallingford) had two runs batted in, and sophomore Casey McCone from Foran High had the team’s other RBI.

The same two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday on Long Island.