Baseball Splits DH with Utica to End Regular Season
The Keuka College baseball team concluded the regular season portion of the schedule by splitting Tuesday's non-conference doubleheader with Utica College.
The Storm (22-12) won the first game, 8-2, before being no-hit by the Pioneers (8-20) in an 8-0 setback on Kuhl Field in Keuka Park, N.Y.
Keuka College earned the No. 2 seed for the upcoming North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) tournament, which is being hosted by Gallaudet (D.C.) University (25-15, 12-6) this Friday through Sunday.
Keuka and Gallaudet both finished tied atop the NEAC standings, but Gallaudet earned the right to host after taking two of three from the Storm April 26-27.
Penn State-Berks (15-18, 11-7) will be the No. 3 seed and SUNYIT (16-17, 10-8) is the No. 4 seed. The double-elimination tournament will take place at Hoy Field in Washington, D.C.
The Green and Gold, who have already set a school-record for wins in a season, will make their first appearance in the NEAC tournament since the 2009 season.
In the opener, junior Jake Burachalk (Binghamton, NY/Binghamton) was 3-for-3 with two RBI, senior Gavin Corbin (Endicott, NY/Union-Endicott) was 2-for-4 with two RBI and junior Jon Borchert (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) was 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Storm won for the 15th time in their last 17 games.
Sophomore Billy McDermott (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while classmate Arek Olson (Wellsville, NY/Wellsville) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in the win.
Corbin put the Storm up 1-0 in the first inning when he smacked a single into left field. The Storm tacked on three runs in the second, as Burachalk delivered a two-run single to center field and Borchert added an RBI single to right field for a 4-0 lead heading into the third.
The Green and Gold then added three more runs in the third, highlighted by RBI singles from Olson and McDermott, and the pitchers made the lead stand up.
Junior Zach Nobles (Wayland, NY/Wayland-Cohocton) tossed three innings of no-hit ball before allowing a walk and a single to open the fourth inning. He earned the win to run his record to 5-0.
Sophomore Thomas Fowler (Batavia, NY/Elba) relieved, and the Pioneers had runners on first and second with no outs in the fourth before Fowler got a lineout to shortstop for the second out of the inning. The Pioneers loaded the bases with two outs, but Fowler struck out Matt Haddad looking to end the inning.
Fowler tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit with three strikeouts. He made way for junior Dan Smith (Binghamton, NY/Chenango Forks) with one out in the sixth. Smith allowed a single as the Pioneers got on the board, but Smith got a strikeout and a flyout to end the threat with the Storm leading 7-1.
Corbin added an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to cap the scoring for the Storm.
In the nightcap, Utica's Alec Choleva improved to 2-5 after allowing no hits with four strikeouts in the complete-game win. Utica scored two runs in the third, added three runs in the fourth and took advantage of four errors by the Storm to salvage the split.