The Vermont Mountaineers dropped the first game of their four game homestand by a final score of 5-3 against the Saratoga Brigade in New England Collegiate Baseball League action at Recreation Field on Sunday night. With the loss, the Mountaineers have now lost two in a row and three of their last four.
Vermont's tough night began in the top of the first when the Brigade scored two unearned runs. Zach Looney (Santa Clara) hit a one out double. Two batters later, Matt Beaty (Belmont) walked to setup first and second with two outs. Zach Zott (Michigan) followed with a ground ball to first that A.J. Ryan (Dayton) booted and the ball rolled into foul territory down the right field line. This allowed Looney to score from second for the first run of the ballgame. Beaty moved to third on the play. During the next hitter, Jordan Striegel's (Louisville) at bat, Zott got into a rundown between first and second on a pickoff attempt by Mountaineers starter John Miles (Missouri). While Zott was caught up, Beaty took off from third to score. Shortstop Thomas Roulis (Dartmouth) threw the ball past catcher Matt MacDowell (Dartmouth) allowing Beaty to score the second run of the game.
Saratoga added another run in the 4th inning to take a 3-0 lead. It was the first earned run that John Miles had allowed all season long.
Vermont came storming back in the 7th with three runs to tie the game. Nick Ramos (Indiana) drew a one out walk. Kevin Krause (Stony Brook) followed with a single in his first at bat as a Mountaineer to setup first and second with one out. Thomas Roulis came up and reached on a fielder's choice where he grounded one back to the pitcher Garett Hayward (Duke) who threw to second to try and start the double play, but the throw was low and went into center field allowing Ramos to score the first Mountaineers run of the game. With Krause at second and Roulis at first, Chandler Brock (Alabama-Huntsville) walked to load the bases with just one out. Brad Kaczka (Monroe CC) followed with an RBI walk to score Krause and make the game 3-2. Scott Donley (Indiana) came up and hit a single to second base allowing Roulis to score and tie the game. The ball got away from second basemen Jordan Striegel and Brock tried to score on the play, but was thrown out on a controversial play at the plate that drew Manager Joe Brown to argue the call.
The game was tied at three going into the 8th when Saratoga scored two more runs to regain the lead. Catcher Brian O'Keefe (St. Joseph's) led off the inning with a hit by pitch. Duncan Wendel (Baylor) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move O'Keefe to second. O'Keefe then moved to third on a Zott ground out to first. Striegel came up and drew a walk and advanced to second on a defensive indifference. Craig McConaughy (Oklahoma St.) blooped a single over first basemen Mike Vigliarolo (St. Louis) and into right field, which allowed both runners to score.
Kevin Doherty (Virginia) got the win for the Brigade to improve to 3-2. He went two-thirds of an inning and gave up no runs on one hit and one walk.
Brandon Alphin (Louisville) took the loss and fell to 0-1. He pitched two and a third innings and allowed two runs on one hit and one walk. He also recorded a strikeout.
Cameron Tekker (Virginia) got his fourth save of the season as he allowed just one hit while striking out two in the 9th.
The Mountaineers fell to 15-7 on the season with the loss.
The Vermont Mountaineers are next in action tomorrow night when they host the Ocean State Waves in NECBL play at Recreation Field at 6:30.
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