The Vermont Mountaineers defeated the North Adams SteepleCats 4-1 in the first game of the first round of the 2013 New England Collegiate Baseball League playoffs at Recreation Field.
It was a pitcher's duel for most of the way until the Vermont offense struck for three runs in the bottom of the 6th. Mark Podlas (Dayton) started things off by reaching on an error by first basemen Brad Anderson (Pepperdine). Chandler Brock (Alabama-Huntsville) followed with a single to set the stage for Kevin Krause (Stony Brook). Krause hit an RBI single to break the deadlock and make it 2-1 in the Mountaineers favor. Kyle Smith (Vanderbilt) and A.J. Ryan (Dayton) each hit RBI singles to expand Vermont's lead to 4-1, which is how the game would end.
Trey Oest (Tampa) was the story of the game. He earned the win and pitched a complete game for Vermont allowing just one run on six hits. He struck out four in a very efficient 84 pitch outing. Oest retired the final ten batters he faced in order.
Anthony Manuccia (Hartford) took the loss for North Adams. Manuccia gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk. He struck out three. Reliever Stephen Frey (Monmouth) surrendered the hits that led to both of Manuccia's earned runs in the 6th.
The Vermont Mountaineers have an opportunity to clinch a berth in round two of the playoffs if they defeat the North Adams SteepleCats at Joe Wolfe Field on Monday night at 6:30.
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