The Ripon College baseball team narrowly lost to Eastern Connecticut State Tuesday morning, falling by a score of 3-2.

   It fell behind the Vikings 3-1 midway through the game and couldn’t complete the rally as it dropped to 0-6 during its spring break trip to Winter Haven, Fla.

   The Red Hawks also lost games at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville 8-2, Rowan University (N.J.) 7-5 and 5-1, and Franklin and Marshall College (Pa.) 6-1 and 6-3.

   Against Eastern Connecticut, Ripon fell behind early as it gave up a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning.

   It got the run back in the fifth inning when Doug Ferrell drove in Isiah Ramos, who led the inning off with his first triple of the season, but  could never take the lead.

   That tie lasted until the bottom of the sixth, when Eastern Connecticut (3-0) recorded back-to-back, two-out triples, followed by an RBI single to take a 3-1 lead.

   The Red Hawks got one of those runs back on an RBI double by Hector Aguinaga in the seventh, but they would leave one runner stranded, ending their rally.

   They finished with four hits, with two of them coming off the bat of Aguinaga. Randy Finger and Ramos had the other two.

   Brian Brown (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound for Ripon, allowing three earned runs and striking out five in seven innings of work.

Read the full story, which includes information on stats from the first half of the trip, in the March 16, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.