KEENE, NH-Host Keene State swept the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team in the final Little East Conference doubleheader of the regular season for both teams at the Owl Sports Complex Friday. The Owls took the opening game, 7-1, and won the nightcap, 6-3.
The Corsairs got their only run of the opener in the fifth inning on consecutive singles by sophomore center fielder Wayne Bolz (Billerica, MA/Billerica Memorial HS), freshman left fielder Mike LaFlamme (Bedford, NH/Bedford HS) and senior shortstop John Granahan (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS/Southern Maine), with Granahan driving in Bolz to put UMass Dartmouth on the board.
Keene State took advantage of five Corsair errors in the first game, scoring a pair of unearned runs in the first inning on singles by designated hitter Peter Burgio and second baseman Nick Vita. The Owls added three more in the fourth on a misplayed bunt and a two-run single by shortstop Tanner Chase for a 5-0 lead.
Senior Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) went all the way for UMass Dartmouth and took the loss, falling to 3-2 in the final game of his collegiate career. Tim Thiesing went the first seven innings for the Owls and earned the victory, improving to 4-0.
First baseman Larry Longo's two-run single in the first inning staked Keene State to a 2-0 lead in the nightcap. Chase and right fielder Erik Bergstrom had RBI singles in the second before Granahan's sacrifice fly put UMD on the board in the third. Junior third baseman Corey Allison (Taunton, MA/Coyle-Cassidy HS) singled home another run in the fourth for the Corsairs, and Worden drove in UMass Dartmouth's final run with a single in the eighth.
Sophomore Karney Boff (Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) started, worked the first three innings, and took the loss for UMD, falling to 4-5. Junior Tyler White (Westport, MA/Westport HS/Massasoit CC) pitched the final five innings and limited the Owls to a single run. Jeff Pelkey went the first five innings for KSC and earned the win, improving to 5-2, while Tim Quagliaroli pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
"It's a repeat of our past performance, we didn't come up with the big play or the big hit when we needed them," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "We gave them extra outs, we did not execute when we needed to, and we didn't take advantage of our opportunities. We had four errors early in the first game, and when you give a team in our league more than three outs in an inning, you put too much pressure on your pitcher."
Prince praised three seniors who have been with the Corsairs for four years. "I want to commend Pat Lavey, John Granahan and (senior infielder) Dan DeMello (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) for their service to the program for four years," said Prince. "I don't know how big their freshman class was when they came in, but I'm sure it was bigger than three people. That says something about their character and their perseverance that they followed through."
UMass Dartmouth fell to 14-23 and 3-11 in the Little East Conference, while Keene State improved to 29-11 and 10-4 in LEC play. The twin bill was the final action of the season for the Corsairs.
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