AUBURNDALE, Fla.--Vinny Parilla's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Keene State College baseball team a 6-5 win in the second game of a doubleheader against Western New England University on Sunday night. The Golden Bears took the first game 5-4.
KSC improves to 2-3 on the young season. Western New England falls to 1-3.
Keene State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Singles from Trevor Chapin and Christian Bourgea, and a walk to John Williams, loaded the bases, and Dustin Howe lofted a sacrifice fly to right field.
Western New England responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning, with Doug Milne having a key 3-RBI double in the frame.
In the top of the fifth, KSC pulled back within one. Billy Buscetto reached on a fielder's choice, and scored on Andy Johnson's triple to center field. Chapin plated Johnson with a single to right field, and after Bourgea reached on an error, a wild pitch brought Chapin across the plate.
The inning ended when Williams struck out and Bourgea was cut down at home trying to score.
KSC had a chance to tie the game in the sixth when Matt Boulay drew a one out walk and moved into scoring position on Tanner Chase's single, but Joe Libby flied out to left field and Buscetto tapped back to the pitcher to leave him stranded.
KSC again took an early lead, this time in the first inning. Libby beat out an infield hit and moved all the way to third on an error and Johnson's groundout. After Trevor Chapin walked, Libby scored on a wild pitch and Chapin came around on Bourgea's double to center.
The Golden Bears pulled two runs back in the top of the third, with an RBI single from Brett Morgan, who came around to score on a KSC error. Milne's RBI single in the fourth put the Golden Bears up 3-2
A three run fourth put the Owls back in front. Tanner Chase singled in Bourgea, and Libby had a sacrifice fly and Kolby Reggione scored on a wild pitch.
The see-saw game continued with Western New England scoring twice in the top of the sixth to tie the game to set the stage for Parilla's heroics in the seventh. Buscetto led off with a single and moved to second on Johnson's successful bunt. After Trevor Chapin was intentionally walked to load the bases, Bourgea struck out, but Parilla stroked a single to left to bring in the winning run.
Noah Rizzio struck out three in 2.1 innings of work as the starter; Michael Crimi picked up the win with two innings of scoreless relief.
KSC will play Colby-Sawyer in a single, nine inning game on Monday at 3:30 pm