May 11, 2011
MANSFIELD, CT-Tim Thiesing, Adam Stanclift and Kyle O'Brien combined for a five-hit shutout and Keene State defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team, 12-0, in a first round game in the Little East Conference tournament at the Eastern Connecticut State University Baseball Stadium Wednesday evening.
The Owls took advantage of eight stolen bases and three errors, and took the lead early.
Keene State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by first baseman Larry Longo.
They added four more runs in the top of the second. Third baseman Nick Vita beat out an infield hit and moved to second when the Corsairs misplayed a bunt. After a sacrifice, designated hitter Greg Bates singled home two runs, right fielder Bobby Doyon drove in a run with an infield grounder, and left fielder Erik Bergstrom singled home the fourth run.
The Owls went ahead 6-0 in the top of the fourth on Bates' single and a stolen base and an RBI single by catcher Tyler DiPrato.
KSC put the game away with six runs in the top of the ninth. Bergstrom and first baseman Dan Arsenault each singled in a run and David Valley doubled home another. Kyle Morrill added a sacrifice fly, and Bates doubled home a sixth run.
Thiesing pitched the first six innings, allowing three hits, walking one and striking out 10, and earned the win, improving to 3-2. Senior right-hander Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS) started and pitched into the ninth inning for UMass Dartmouth, taking the loss and falling to 1-7.
"We gave them too many runs," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "We made some errors, and we threw the ball around. For some reason, we played nervous. Pedrotti pitched well for us, but their pitcher was tough, he pitched a good game."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 15-22 with the loss, while Keene State improved to 28-12 with the victory. Keene State advanced to the winner's bracket and will play Southern Maine at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening. UMass Dartmouth dropped into the loser's bracket and will play Rhode Island College at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
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