The Vermont Mountaineers defeated the Mystic Schooners 6-4 in Vermont's final New England Collegiate Baseball League regular season home game at Recreation Field for the summer of 2013. With the win, Vermont has clinched the second seed in the playoffs for the Western Division and will play a home game on Sunday night.
Vermont trailed 3-0 until the 4th when they scored two runs to get back in the game and make it 3-2. However, the Mountaineers big inning was in the 6th.
Vermont trailed 4-2 as the bottom of the 6th began. Chandler Brock (Alabama-Huntsville) led off the inning with a single. Kevin Krause (Stony Brook) followed with a single and Mark Podlas (Dayton) drew a walk to set up bases loaded with no one out. Kyle Smith (Vanderbilt) walked with the bases loaded to score Brock and make it 4-3 Mystic. Two batter later, Dan Mendick (UMASS-Lowell) walked to score Krause from third and tie the game at four. A.J. Ryan (Dayton) followed with an RBI single to score Podlas and give the Mountaineers their first lead of the game, 5-4.
Vermont added an insurance run in the 7th when Mark Podlas hit an RBI single to score Chandler Brock and make it 6-4 Vermont.
Both starters pitched only average. David Hickey (Yale) went three and one-third innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk. He also struck out one. Joel Rosencrance (St. Bonaventure) pitched four and two-thirds innings and gave up two earned runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out two.
Robert Strader (3-0) got the win for the Mountaineers. He went three innings and allowed one earned run on three hits and no walks. He struck out four.
Eric Morse (Rollins College) (0-1) took the loss for Mystic. He threw two-thirds of an inning and gave up three earned runs on two hits and three walks. He struck out one.
John Miles (Missouri) earned his second save of the season. He went two and two-thirds innings and allowed no runs on one hit and struck out two.
Chandler Brock continued his hot stretch at the plate and extended his hitting streak to eight games. He had three hits on the night, three runs scored and two stolen bases.
The Vermont Mountaineers conclude their regular season slate with an NECBL doubleheader against the Holyoke Blue Sox on Thursday at Mackenzie Stadium. The first pitch for game one is set for 3 p.m.
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