April 22, 2011

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KEENE, N.H. 4/22/11 - Keene State College and UMass-Boston split a pair of highly-contested Little East Conference baseball games at Owl Athletic Complex on Friday. Senior Bobby Doyon's (Keene, N.H.) walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Owls a 4-3 win in the first game. Sophomore Nick Grassetti (Agawam, Mass.) knocked in the go-ahead run in the eighth with a sacrifice fly and senior Ryan Walsh (Newton, Mass.) hit a two-run home run in the ninth leading the Beacons to a 6-4 victory in the nightcap. With the split, KSC goes to 23-9 (6-4 LEC) while UMB is now 12-16 (6-4 LEC).

"That's Little East baseball," said KSC Coach Ken Howe. "It's a battle from first to last pitch."

Keene State took a 3-0 lead in the opener. Junior Erik Bergstrom (Enfield, Conn.) had an RBI single in the first and freshman David Valley (Essex Junction, Vt.) and sophomore Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.) had run-scoring hits in the second.

The Beacons tied the game in the fifth on a fielder's choice and RBI single by Walsh.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the ninth. After reaching on an error, junior Kyle Morrill (Auburn, N.H.) moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Valley and came home on Doyon's game-winning double, a long drive that hit the base of the fence in left center field. "I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit and not chase," said Doyon about his winning hit. "He gave me a change-up in the zone and I was able to stay back and get a good barrel on it."

Doyon went 4-5 in the game while Morrill and Valley each had two hits.

Junior Ty Buccetti (Wallingford, Conn.) had two of the Beacons' five hits.

Junior Tim Thiesing (South Grafton, Mass.) had a solid start for Owls He went six innings giving up three runs on five hits while fanning three. Junior Eric Perrault (Salem, N.H.) pitched three perfect innings with four strikeouts. "Timmy pitched a great game and I just wanted to keep that going," said Perrault, who improves to 2-1. "It's a little easier coming in relief. I just went with a couple of pitchers and I was able to keep them off the board."

Junior James Dalton (Apopka, Fla.) took the loss (4-3) for UMB. He went 8.1 innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Falling behind 2-0 in the second game, KSC tied the score on junior Larry Longo's (Londonderry, N.H.) third home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field fence, in the sixth inning.

The two teams traded runs in the seventh. Doyon's first of two home runs in the game tied the score at three-all.

The Beacons took a 4-3 lead on Grassetti's sacrifice fly in the eighth and scored two key insurance runs on Walsh's a two-run home run in the ninth.

KSC got one run back in the bottom of the ninth on Doyon's lead-off home run. It was his second round-tripper of the game and team-leading seventh of the season. Doyon went 6-9 in the doubleheader with three RBIs. "Bobby has been hitting the ball pretty well all season," said Howe. "He's had a lot of hard outs, but he was on it today."

Longo had two hits in the nightcap for the Owls.

Junior Mark McCormack (Shelton, Conn.), Walsh and Mattie each had two hits for the Beacons.

Junior Jeff Pelkey (Fitzwilliam, N.H.) started for the going, giving up two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and three walks in his six innings on the mound. Senior Corey Vogt (Suffield, Conn.), who came in to pitch in the seventh, suffered his first loss (3-1) of the season. He gave up three runs and six hits with five strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work.

Freshman Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, Mass.), the second of three UMB pitchers, got the win (3-1).

Keene State hosts Curry College on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.). UMass-Boston is at Eastern Nazarene on Monday (3 p.m.).

*Release courtesy of KSC Sports Information Dept.