AROUND THE HORN: Romano busy out of the gate for Cincy; Rich dividends for ECSU; Aquavita brings her A game; Hoover, Murphy notch net results

AROUND THE HORN: Romano busy out of the gate for Cincy; Rich dividends for ECSU; Aquavita brings her A game; Hoover, Murphy notch net results

CINCINNATI — Right-hander Sal Romano of Southington pitched in each of Cincinnati’s first three games of the 2021 Major League season.

Hosting the Cardinals in what was at times a contentious serious, the Reds took two out of three.

Romano, a reliever, threw two scoreless innings in the season-opening 11-6 loss, gave up two ninth-inning runs in Saturday’s 9-6 victory, then was spotless in closing out Sunday’s 12-1 romp.

It added up to two earned runs, two hits, two strikeouts and one walk in 4 2/3 innings for a 3.86 ERA.

Romano, drafted by the Reds in 2011 out of Southington High School, made the 2021 opening day roster after running out of minor league options. He and the Reds opened a three-game set at home with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

ECSU earns some Rich dividends

MANSFIELD — Meriden’s Jack Rich reached base six times as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team swept UMass-Dartmouth 2-0 and 6-5 in a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

Rich, now in his senior season, collected two doubles, two singles and two walks. The Wilcox Tech grad is batting .333 (10-for-30) with one home run and eight RBI on the season.

Also hitting a ton in the early going for ECSU is Wallingford native Holden White. The Kingswood Oxford grad is at .458 (11-for-24) with one dinger and seven RBI.

The Warriors are 10-1 overall and 6-0 in the Little East. They host Johnson & Wales on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a non-conference game.

Cheshire’s Aquavita has career day for UNH

WEST HAVEN — Annie Aquavita of Cheshire scored six goals and set up two others to power the University of New Haven women’s lacrosse team to a recent 21-9 Northeast-10 victory over St. Rose.

The six goals were a collegiate single-game high for Aquavita, the former Cheshire High standout who is in her sophomore season with the Chargers. She now has 11 goals on the season.

New Haven, 3-3 and ranked No. 19 nationally in Division II, travels to to Syracuse, N.Y. on Saturday to take on Le Moyne College.

Hoover, Murphy notch college tennis wins

Wallingford’s Justine Hoover and Southington Abby Murphy, the area’s top high school girls tennis players in recent years, enjoyed success at the college level over the weekend.

Hoover, a junior at Endicott, won at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles in Saturday’s 9-0 victory over Curry, a victory that put the Gulls at 2-0. Hoover, a Sheehan grad, also won 5-4 at No. 1 singles in the 5-4 season-opening win over Gorden.

Murphy, a freshman at New Haven, notched wins at both singles and doubles as the Chargers swept AIC 7-0 on Saturday. Murphy rolled 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles and teamed with Cheshire Academy grad Elena Milko for a 6-1 triumph at No. 2 doubles.

Saturday marked the college debut for Murphy. The Chargers are 4-3.

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