KEENE, N.H. 4/21/13 – The Keene State College baseball team extended its winning streak to five games and reached the .500 mark for the first time this season after sweeping UMass-Boston 4-3 (11 innings) and 13-4 in a Little East Conference doubleheader at Owl Athletic Complex on Sunday.
Junior Nick Vita (Spofford, N.H.) brought home the winning run with an infield single to shortstop in the bottom of the 11th inning in the opener.
Senior Chris Crutcher (Londonderry, N.H.) went six solid innings, giving up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk t and got plenty of offensive support in the nightcap victory. Crutcher improves his record to 2-2.
The Owls won the first game despite committing six errors and making several mistakes on the base paths.
Falling behind 2-0, KSC tied the game in the bottom on the fourth on a two-run double down the right field line by sophomore Tanner Chase (York, Maine).
After UMB took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth, KSC tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a two-out single up the middle by Vita.
The game remained tied thanks to senior Pitcher Eric Perrault (Salem, N.H.) who got out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the 10th inning.
With one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, junior Ray Carmel (Waterford, N.Y.) and sophomore Tyler Estevez (East Hartford, Conn.) had back-to-back singles. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Vita, who had four hits in the game, hit a hard shot to the shortstop that brought home Carmel with the game-winning run.
Sophomore Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) collected three hits and sophomore Charles LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.) and junior Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) each had two hits for the Beacons.
Freshman Alan Schiff (East Hartford, Conn.) and Perrault, who picked up the win (2-3), gave KSC great middle relief pitching. Schiff tossed 3.2 inning of three hit ball with six strikeouts while Perrault went three shutout innings, giving up three hits with four strikeouts. Both pitchers didn't give up a walk.
Junior Matt Dziork (Southampton, Mass.) took the loss for the Beacons.
In the second game, Keene State took advantage of four UMB errors on the way to scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first inning. Vita and Chase came through with RBI singles in the innings.
The Owls added three more in the second to go up 10-0. Estevez walked with the bases loaded and Bates scored another run on a fielder's choice.
Estevez and Gummow had RBI singles as KSC went up 12-2 after four innings.
Gummow led the hit parade with two singles and a double. Sophomore Tanner Luopa (Keene, N.H.), Vita, Chase and Estevez each had two hits. Vita went 6-11 in the twinbill.
Sophomore Ryan Manning (Plainville, Mass.) led the Beacons with three hits and two RBIs.
Sophomore Patrick Austin (Torrington, Conn.) was the losing pitcher for UMB.
Keene State hosts Plymouth State on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.).