Springfield, Mass. -- March 23, 2011 -- Despite reeling off a snappy 5-4-3 triple play, the Springfield College baseball team dropped a 6-1 decision to Keene State this afternoon at Berry-Allen Field in a game that was played in a light-falling snow from start to finish.
With the win, Keene State is now 9-2, and has won six straight. With the loss, Springfield is now 5-5, and, after a 5-0 start to the season, has lost five straight.
For Keene State, junior righthander Dan Wogksch (Bethel, Conn.) picked up the victory. He went 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing three hits and no runs, walking one and striking out three.
The Pride took a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth. But the Owls came back with two runs in the top of the seventh, then added four more in the ninth.
The tough-luck loser was lefthander Adam DeFelice, a junior captain from Avon, Conn. DeFelice had come on to start the sixth inning in place of freshman righthander James Christensen (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) DeFelice pitched three innngs, and ultimately gave up five runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out two. Christensen hurled the first five innings, giving up seven hits, but not allowing a run.
Keene State produced 15 hits on the afternoon, while Springfield managed just seven. For the Owls, three batters had three hits apiece. They were sophomore leftfielder Kevin Bates (Salem, N.H.), senior catcher Tyler DiPrato (Suffield, Conn.), and junior first baseman Dan Arsenault (Hot Springs, Ariz.).
Springfield produced a triple play in the top of the third inning. Keene State had its first two batters of the inning on first and second. A sharp ground ball to third by senior centerfielder Bobby Doyon (Keene, N.H.) went directly into the hands of senior Mike Robilotto (East Meadow, N.Y.) who picked it up and tagged the bag for out number one. Robilotto then fired to senior second baseman Brian Harris (East Hartford, Conn.) for out number two. Harris then flipped the ball to senior first baseman Louie Nucci (Huntington, N.Y.) to complete the round-the-horn triple play
Springfield scored its lone run in the fifth on an RBI-groundout by senior centerfielder John Schmaltz (Cromwell, Conn.). In the seventh, junior third baseman Kyle Morrill (Auburn, N.H.) doubled to left. Bates then doubled down the right-field line, and went to third on an error. DiPrato then singled in Bates for what proved to be the winning run.
Springfield will try to get back on the winning track when it hosts Westfield State Thursday at 3:30 pm.
Mike Robilotto, Brian Harris, and Louie Nucci turned a triple play on Wednesday afternoon