Baseball Goes Extras For Sweep of Lesley

Baseball Goes Extras For Sweep of Lesley

WINTER HAVEN, Fla.--The Keene State College baseball team made it four wins in a row with a pair of extra inning wins over Lesley University on Wednesday afternoon.

Keene State is now 5-3 on the season.

Game One

Andy Johnson delivered the game winning hit in the eighth inning and Eddie Dionne pitched 3.1 innings in relief as the Owls took game one, 6-5.

Matt Boulay was 2-for-4 with three RBI, while Johnson, John Williams, and Dustin Howe each had two hits for KSC.

The Lynx scored three times in the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead, but KSC rallied with a three spot in the sixth inning.  Williams led off the inning with a single and Abe Grainger drew a walk.  Howe laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up and Boulay laced a single to bring them home.

After an error allowed Billy Hartmann to reach and Boulay to take third, Joe Libby tied the game up with an RBI groundout.

Lesley struck first in extra innings, as David Hersey had a pinch hit sacrifice fly, but the Owls would win in the bottom half.  

Boulay reached on a fielder's choice, and Hartmann reached on another error.  Libby was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Billy Buscetto was hit by a pitch to tie the game.  Johnson then came through with the game winning hit to give the Owls the win.

Dionne (1-1) earned the win, striking out two.  Alan Schiff started and struck out four in 4.2 innings of work.

Game Two

The second game was a slugfest, with the teams combining for 34 hits in a 13-8 KSC win.

Vinny Parilla and Joe Libby each had three hits, while Abe Grainger, Trevor Chapin, Matt Boulay, and Billy Hartmann had two apiece.

KSC led 8-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh but allowed the Lynx to score twice to go to extras  for the second straight game. 

Robert Parson had a sacrifice fly and pinch hitter Adam Ciampi singled in the tying run for Lesley.

The Owls roared back with five runs in the eighth.  John Williams walked, Grainger reached on a fielder's choice and Parilla was hit by a pitch. Williams and Grainger scored on Boulay's single, and after Hartmann singled to load the bases, Andy Johnson was hit by a pitch to bring Parilla around.

Buscetto singled in another run, and Tanner Chase drew a bases loaded walk to make it 13-8. 

Michael Crimi picked up the win (2-0) with two innings of relief work, while Nate Pederson pitched a scoreless eighth to keep the Lynx at bay.

The Owls take on The College of New Jersey in a single, nine inning game on Thursday at 4 pm.