The Vermont Mountaineers defeated the Saratoga Brigade 11-2 in a Sunday night New England Collegiate Baseball League contest at Recreation Field. With the win, Vermont halted a four game losing streak.
Vermont trailed 1-0 after two innings of play, but had their first of two big innings on offense in the 3rd.
Kevin Krause (Stony Brook) hit a one out single. Bret Dennis (St. John's) and Pat Wiese (Le Moyne) followed with back-to-back infield singles to load the bases. Thomas Roulis (Dartmouth) reached on an error allowing Krause to score and tie the game at one. Scott Donley (Indiana) followed with a two RBI double to left to give Vermont a 3-1 lead. Kenny Towns (Virginia) came up next and delivered a two RBI single to open up a 5-1 Mountaineers lead. He was thrown out trying to get to second on the play.
Vermont also struck for four runs in the 5th. Scott Donley led off the inning with a walk. Then the Mountaineers exploded for three consecutive hits; Kenny Towns hit a single, Mark Podlas (Dayton) smacked an RBI single, and Chandler Brock (Alabama-Huntsville) hit a two RBI double to open up an 8-1 lead. A.J. Ryan (Dayton) hit a sac fly to make it 9-1 and Matt MacDowell (Dartmouth) capped off the inning with an RBI single to make it 10-1 Vermont.
The Mountaineers added a run in the 8th and Saratoga scored once in the 9th to make the final 11-2.
Trey Oest (Tampa) got the win to improve to 2-0 on the season. He pitched five innings and gave up one run on seven hits and one walk. He also struck out four.
Courtesy: Vermont Mountaineers
Jake Steffens (Santa Clara) took the loss for the Brigade and fell to 0-2 on the year. He allowed ten runs (eight earned) on ten hits and a walk over four innings of work. He struck out just one.
The Vermont Mountaineers are back in action when they play an NECBL doubleheader against the Plymouth Pilgrims at Recreation Field on Tuesday. The first pitches are set for 3:30 and 6:30.
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