GROTON — Elon University’s James Venuto homered twice and drove in five runs and the Plymouth Pilgrims held on for an 8-7 win over the Mystic Schooners in the New England Collegiate Baseball League opener for both teams Wednesday night at Fitch High.
The Pilgrims opened an 8-0 lead through three innings before fending off the Schooners.
Vinnie Pallisco (UConn) hit a three-run home run for Mystic. Chris Winkel (UConn) went 2 for 5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI, and Brett Bond (Missouri) doubled, scored one run and drove in two.
Waterford native Connor Lewis (Hartford) took the loss. He allowed eight runs, all earned, on six hits and three walks in four innings. He struck out three.