Vita leads Owls over Daniel Webster 8-6

Vita leads Owls over Daniel Webster 8-6

KEENE, N.H. 4/25/13 – The Keene State College baseball team extended its winning streak to seven games with a 8-6 come-from-behind, non-conference victory over Daniel Webster College at Owl Athletic Complex on Thursday.

Junior Nick Vita (Spofford, N.H.), who extended his hitting streak to 17 games, went 4-5 with four RBIs to lead the Owls (18-16).  "Lately, I've been very confident at the plate, seeing the ball well," said Vita, now hitting a team high .440, "I've been getting a lot of off-speed stuff, but when I see the ball up, I'm just going to be aggressive and take it for a ride."

Senior Tyler Bonin (Litchfield, N.H.) and junior Alberto Acosta (Lawrence, Mass.) each knocked in a pair of runs for the Eagles (21-8).

Falling behind 2-0, the Owls scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning to go up 3-2.  Senior Greg Bates (Sale, N.H.) had a RBI single through the right side and Vita had a two-run double to center field.  The hot-hitting Vita brought in another run in the fifth with a single up the middle.

Bates, sophomore Tanner Chase (York, Maine), and Vita each had RBI singles in a four-run sixth inning to take an 8-2 lead.  KSC got its final run in the frame on a double steal with Chase coming home.

The Eagles rallied for two runs in the seventh and eighth innings.  Bonin had a two run single in the seventh. DWU got its two runs in the eighth on a single by sophomore Kyle Brigham (Hudson, N.H.) and a KSC error.

Sophomore Tanner Luopa (Keene, N.H.) and freshman Billy Hartmann (Greenland, N.H.) each had two hits in the game for Keene State.

Sophomore Darrik Marstaller (Spofford, N.H.) and Bonin each had two hits for the Eagles.

Keene State once again got a shot in the arm from its bullpen.  Taking over for starter senior Kyle Underwood (Campton, N.H.), junior Daniel Osorio (Manchester, N.H.) tossed 3.2 innings of two-hit ball with four strikeouts and one walk to pick-up the win (1-1).  Joe Katin (Byfield, Mass.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get his first save of the season.

Sophomore Kieran Koch (New City, N.Y), who gave up three runs on six hits over three innings, took the loss.

Keene State will travel to Southern Maine on Saturday for a key Little East doubleheader against the league leading Huskies.  "Everything is clicking right now.  You can't ask for a better time going into a big weekend doubleheader," said Vita.  "We have to go to Southern Maine and keep it rolling."