Owls drop opener to St. Joseph's (L.I.) 2-1

Courtesy: Brian Schnee
Courtesy: Brian Schnee

PATCHOGUE, N.Y.  3/1/13 – The Keene State College baseball team opened its season with a tough 2-1 loss to St. Joseph's (L.I.) College in the St. Joseph's College Spring Classic being played at Gregg Alfano Field in Patchogue, N.Y. on Friday.

Freshman Joseph Calabrese ((Westbury, N.Y.) infield single in the bottom of the ninth inning knocked in the game winning run for the Golden Eagles (1-0). Calabrese's hit scored senior Seth Pileggi (Smithtown, N.Y.), who led off the inning with a single to second base.

"As far as opening games goes, it was pretty clean games," said KSC Coach Ken Howe.  "Both teams struggled at the plate, but it was nice to get out of the gym and play a game."

The Owls (0-1) missed a golden opportunity to take the lead in the top of the ninth.  Sophomore Tanner Chase (York, Me.) led off the inning with a single to left field.  After senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.) fanned, junior Nick Vita (Spofford, N.H.) single up the middle, advancing Tanner to second.  Chase and Vita moved up on a wild pitch.  Freshman Cody Dube (Windham, Me.) struck out to end the inning.

St. Joseph's took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a double steal that plated sophomore Mike Alisio (Westbury, N.Y.).

Keene State got the run back in the top of the second.  Vita opened the inning with a single to center and stole second base.  He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single to left center by Dube.

Vita had three of the Owls' seven hits in the game.  Freshman Billy Hartmann (Greenland, N.H.), Chase, Dube, and sophomore Tyler Estevez (East Hartford, Conn.) also had singles for the Owls.

Starting his first games since suffering an arm injury two years ago in the same tournament, senior Spencer Hutchinson (Broad Brook, Conn.) had a fine first outing for the Owls, allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks over the first seven innings.

Senior Will Francis (West Hartford, Conn.), who came in to pitch in the ninth inning, took the loss.  

Keen State is scheduled to play two games on Saturday.  They will play Farmingdale State at 10 a.m. and Western New England University at 3 p.m.