WALTHAM, Mass. – Led by third baseman Greg Bates the Owls of Keene State College (25-9, 8-2 Little East) recorded a Little East Conference sweep over baseball (16-13-1, 5-5 Little East) Saturday afternoon at Yetten Field. In game on the Owls snuck past the Beacons with a 9-6 win in 10 innings, while in the nightcap Keene State earned a 14-7 win over UMass Boston.
On the day Bates went 7-for-9 with three RBI and four runs scored. Of seven hits, four were doubles. Kyle Morrill, who batted second for Keene State capped off the one-two punch as he went 5-for-11 with three RBI and three runs scored.
For the Beacons Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) and Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) both kept their hitting streaks alive, as Consiglio recorded five hits in the doubleheader, while Moquette finished with three. Each player closed out the doubleheader with a double to continue what has been a very hot couple of weeks for the two infielders.
Earning the game-one decision for Keene was Tim Quagliaroli, his fourth of the year. The righty closed out the final 2.2 innings in which he allowed no runs on two hits, while also striking out three, giving his team the window they needed to take the extra-inning victory.
Daniel Heefner (Tracy, Calif.) put together another strong performance as he surrendered just three runs on seven hits, while fanning a total of seven Owls. He only allowed two walks in the no-decision.
The Owls drew first blood in Saturday's doubleheader as they scored the first three runs of the opener. UMass would remain scoreless until the fifth when their offense came alive in a big-way as they put-up five runs to take their first lead of the day.
Keene would get the first out of the inning, but it would take some time before they saw the second. Jack DeBiase (Prospect, Conn.) would be the first Beacon to reach base in the inning after he was hit by a pitch. From there UMass cranked out four extra base hits (2 doubles, 2 triples) and one single to take control of the scoreboard. Moquette recorded the first triple of the inning, which scored DeBiase.
Moquette then made his way home on an RBI double from Consiglio. The junior would then trade places with outfielder Charles LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.) after crushed a double to left center. Wilberto Sanjuro (Boston, Mass.) gave UMass their fourth run of the inning on his RBI triple. Collin Keefer (Charlotte, N.C.) would score Sanjuro on his RBI single. Keefer would eventually end-up on third after stealing second and taking advantage of a throwing error by the catcher.
Keene did manage to get out of the inning however only down by two. That deficit increased by one in the seventh after Mark McCormack (Shelton, Conn.) scored on a wild pitch. The Owls then tied the game at 6-6 in the eighth with a three-run inning of their own. After scoreless inning and a half, Keene stepped to the plate in the top of the 10th. It was then that they were able to break the tie and eventually the game one victory.
In game two the Owls wasted no-time control of the contest as they jumped out a 6-1 lead after the first. They then extended their lead to seven over the next two innings (10-3). They would then get four more runs in the fifth, while UMass was held to just one in the same inning. Down but not out the Beacons showed some life in the seventh when they put-up three runs to cut Keene's lead back to seven. Unfortunately the late inning rally could not bring down the Owls as they allowed just one more Beacon hit, a double from Ty Buccetti (Wallingford, Conn.), over the final two innings of play.
Jeff Pelkey earned the conference win, his fourth of the year, while Will Barrack, who was making his first conference start of the season was handed the loss.
Baseball returns to action tomorrow when they take on Wentworth Institute of Technology at noon at Yetten Field.