Baseball Swept By UMass Boston

Baseball Swept By UMass Boston

KEENE, N.H.--The Keene State College baseball team was swept by UMass Boston in a Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Owl Athletic Complex.  The Beacons took game one 10-8 in 12 innings, then took the second game 8-2.

KSC is now 8-16, and 2-7 in the LEC.  The Beacons are 12-11, and 5-4.

Game One

The Owls rallied from an 8-0 deficit to force extra innings.  The Beacons had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double from Todd Ezold, who later scored on a wild pitch.

Another wild pitch in the third made it 3-0, and the Beacons added four more runs in the fourth inning on an error, a sacrifice fly from Daniel Mantoni, and RBI singles from Ezold and Luke Nagle.

Nick Brothers doubled in another run in the top of the seventh that made it 8-0, and the game appeared to be out of reach.

Abe Grainger led off the bottom of the eighth with a double to left center and moved to third base on Kolby Reggione's groundout.  Matt Boulay reached on an error that allowed Grainger to score.

Billy Buscetto doubled down the left field line to put two runners in scoring position, and Boulay came around on Joe Libby's RBI groundout.  Billy Hartmann brought in his namesake Buscetto with a single to left to make it 8-3.  After Hartmann stole second, Trevor Chapin was hit by a pitch before Christian Bourgea grounded out to second base to end the inning.

The KSC ralliy continued in the bottom of the ninth.  Vinny Parilla grounded out to shortstop to open the inning, but Grainger cranked a solo homerun over the fence in left center.  After Boulay reached on a fielder's choice, Buscetto singled to left field, and an error allowed him to take second base and Boulay moved to third.

Batting with two out, Joe Libby kept the rally going by beating out an infield single by half a step, bringing in Boulay.  Pinch hitter Austin Marino then picked the perfect time to hit his first collegiate home run, a monster shot over the right field fence that meant extra innings.

The Owls had a chance to win in the bottom of the tenth, as Bourgea and Grainger walked and pinch hitter Dustin Howe was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.  After Boulay popped up to first base, Buscetto scorched a line drive over the middle that was snagged out of the air by UMB second baseman Coley Barker to end the inning.

The Beacons went back in front in the top of the 12th, as Ezold with hit by a pitch and Trevor Bouvier, who had been 0-for-5 thus far, hit his fourth home run of the year to right field.  

Christian Bourgea led off the bottom half with a single, but was retired on a fielder's choice.  UMB reliever Josh Cummiskey struckout Grainger and Robbie Hamilton to end the contest.

Buscetto and Grainger each had three hits for the Owls.  Delvis Baez and Ezold each had two hits for the Beacons.

Cummiskey picked up the win with 2.2 innings of 1-hit relief.  Kyle Szatrowski started and pitched 7.2 innings and allowed three unearned runs and struck out seven.

Cody Dube took the loss for Keene State, notching six strikeouts in three innings of relief work.  

Game Two

It was Keene State who jumped out to a quick lead, as Bourgea led off the second with a double to right center and scored on an error.  The Owls looked to add to their lead but Marino grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

UMass Boston took the lead with a three run third as pitcher Daniel Mantoni supported his own cause with a single to left field that brought in Sal Frosceno, and after Baez scored on a wild pitch, came around on Ezold's single through the left side.

Josh Lopez drove in a run in the sixth to make it 4-1, but KSC did get one back in the bottom of the seventh on Reggione's sacrifice fly.

The Beacons scored once more in the eighth and three times in the ninth to pull away.

UMass Boston pounded out 16 hits, including multi-hit games from Lopez, Mantoni, Anthony Searles, and Daniel Bonito. 

Libby and Bourgea each had a pair of hits for Keene State.  Keith Simpson took the loss, striking out two in 5.2 innings of work.  Alan Schiff pitched 3.1 innings of relief.

Mantoni improved to 2-1 by striking out four in seven innings.  Harlan Zeerip picked up his first save of the season with two innings of one-hit relief.

Keene State is back on the diamond on Sunday with a non-conference doubleheader against Salve Regina.