Baseball Swept in DH at Utica

Junior Kyle Dailey hit a three-run home run, his first college homer, in game two, but baseball was swept by Utica College Wednesday (photo courtesy of Ed Webber).
Junior Kyle Dailey hit a three-run home run, his first college homer, in game two, but baseball was swept by Utica College Wednesday (photo courtesy of Ed Webber).

The Keuka College baseball team traveled to Utica, N.Y. for a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday afternoon, and the Wolfpack were swept by the Pioneers by scores of 8-5 and 10-8.

Sophomore Robert LaRue (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, and senior Dan Smith (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) and junior Brett Fenton (Troy, N.Y./Hudson Valley CC) each drove in runs in the opener for Keuka (12-23).

Junior Kyle Dailey (Yonkers, N.Y./Yonkers) launched a three-run home run in game two, his first collegiate round-tripper, and freshman Alex Cerrone (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park) drove in two runs as the Green and Gold took an 8-4 lead into the fifth inning in the nightcap.

But the Pioneers (19-13) scored three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to complete the sweep.

Utica struck for four runs in the third inning of game one, but Keuka got a run back in the fourth when LaRue led off with a double and scored on Fenton's RBI double to left field. With runners at the corners and one out, Utica turned a double play on a fly ball to end the inning.

The Wolfpack knotted the score in the fifth. Sophomore Ben Payton (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta) led off with a double and scored on Smith's RBI double to left field.

After freshman Alec Bowie (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) was hit by a pitch, junior Billy McDermott (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. LaRue then tied the game at 4 on a two-run single up the middle.

But Utica scored three times in the fifth and once in the sixth to take the opener.

In the nightcap, Dailey was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, Fenton was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and freshman Joe Marasco (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) was 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Green and Gold.

Freshman Brian Colbert (Dryden, N.Y./Dryden) added an RBI double and Cerrone had a two-run single in the loss.

Keuka struck for two runs in the second. With two outs, Fenton reached on a bunt single, Dailey advanced him to second on a single, and the bases were loaded after freshman John Rizzo (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) was hit by a pitch.

Cerrone put the Wolfpack up 2-0 with his two-run single down the right field line.

Utica countered with a two-run homer from Matthew DeMartino to tie the score in the bottom of the inning, but Colbert had an RBI double and Dailey smacked a three-run homer in the third to put Keuka up 6-2.

The Pioneers tacked on two runs in the bottom of the inning, but the Green and Gold lead swelled to 8-4 when Keuka pushed across a pair of unearned runs in the fourth.

The lead stayed 8-4 until Utica scored three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to win game two.

Keuka closes out the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) portion of the schedule with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Cazenovia College Saturday.