The Vermont Mountaineers defeated the Newport Gulls 5-4 in a New England Collegiate Baseball League game at Recreation Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers led 5-0 until the top of the 8th when the Gulls offense erupted. Trace Tam Sing (Washington St.) started things off with a one out single. Ben Roberts (Washington St.) followed with an RBI double. Adrian English (Barry) came up next and hit an RBI single to score Roberts from second. English moved all the way to third on the play because the ball got passed center fielder Mike Triller (Clemson). Timmy Robinson (USC) pinch hit for Steve Anderson (Georgetown) and hit an RBI single to make it 5-3 Vermont. Joe Iorio (Barry) pinch ran for Robinson. Ethan Ferriera (Harvard) followed with a single to make it first and second with one out. Nick Naradowy (Rhode Island) came on in relief of David Rosenberger (Virginia) and got the lefty Ty Moore (UCLA) to fly out. Pat Delano (Vanderbilt) came in and faced Brett Winger (Michigan). He threw a pitch that got by Kevin Krause Krause (Stony Brook) and allowed both runners to advance on a passed ball to make it second and third with one away and the tying run at second. Another passed ball scored Iorio from third to make it 5-4. Ferriera, who represented the tying run, moved 90 feet away. Delano got out of the jam without allowing the tying run to score.
The Vermont offense scored four runs in the 2nd inning thanks to some great hitting by the bottom half of the lineup. Kyle Smith (Vanderbilt) hit a one out triple. Matt MacDowell (Dartmouth) followed with an RBI single to make it 1-0 Mountaineers. Dan Mendick (UMASS-Lowell) walked to make it first and second with one out. Bret Dennis (St. John's) hit an RBI double to score MacDowell and make it second and third with one out. Mike Triller followed with the big blow. He hit a two RBI double to give Vermont a 4-0 lead.
Vermont added what proved to be a very important insurance run in the 7th when Kyle Smith hit an RBI double.
David Rosenberger got the win for the Mountaineers. He pitched very well until running into trouble in the 8th. Rosenberger went seven and a third and allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits. He struck out four.
Pat Delano earned his first save of the season for Vermont. He threw an inning and a third and allowed no runs, no hits and one walk. He struck out one.
Darin Gillies (Arizona St.) took the loss for Newport. He gave up five runs on ten hits and a walk over six and two-thirds innings pitched. He struck out six Mountaineers.
The Vermont Mountaineers handled the Ocean State Waves in game two of the day-night New England Collegiate Baseball League doubleheader by a 6-3 final score. Vermont is now on a four game winning streak.
It was a closely contested game all the way until the 8th when the Mountaineers added to their 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning. Dan Mendick (UMASS-Lowell) led off the inning with an infield single. Chandler Brock (Alabama-Huntsville) followed with a bunt single to setup first and second with no one out. Thomas Roulis (Dartmouth) then executed a very nice sacrifice bunt down the third base line. Pitcher Liam O'Sullivan (Rhode Island) and third basemen Caden Bailey (Georgia St.) collided as they were going for the ball. All three runners were safe on the play. That set the stage for bases loaded with no one out for Scott Donley (Indiana). He hit a two RBI double just inside the bag at third and all the way down the left field line. Mendick and Brock scored on the play to make it 4-1 Vermont with second and third and no one out. Mike Vigliarolo (St. Louis) came up next and hit a two RBI single to put the game out of reach and make it 6-1 Vermont.
Cody Brown (Central Connecticut State) pitched very well for the Mountaineers. He went seven innings and allowed one run on four hits and three walks. He also struck out two. He earned the win to improve to 4-1 on the summer.
Liam O'Sullivan was also strong for Ocean State. He didn't have his best stuff, but lasted seven innings. He gave up four runs on eight hits and no walks. He also struck out two Mountaineers. He fell to 1-3 with the loss.
Robert Strader (Louisville) earned his second save in as many days. He allowed two runs (both unearned) on two hits and no walks. He struck out one.
With the two wins on Saturday and a Keene Swamp Bats loss, the Mountaineers have regained sole possession of first place in the Western Division. Vermont will play Keene on Sunday in the final regular season meeting between the two teams. The first pitch is set for 5 p.m. at Alumni Field in New Hampshire.
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