KEENE, NH - The WestConn baseball team dropped to 11-12 overall and 1-5 in Little East Conference play with a pair of losses at Keene State on Saturday afternoon. In Game One, junior shortstop Bill Buscetto (Old Lyme, CT) smacked an RBI double to push the lone run across for the Colonials as they fell, 9-1. Senior first baseman Frank Vartuli (Westport, CT) paced the visitors in the nightcap, going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI's as WestConn was downed, 8-4.
"Tip your hat to Mike Crimi. He pitched a great game, the best we've faced all year. In game two, we got our hits, just not at the right time as we had many missed opportunities," said Western Connecticut head coach John Susi following the losses.
The Colonials drew first blood in the the opening frame when Buscetto drilled a double to left-center, scoring senior outfielder Clete LoRusso (New Milford, CT) who reached on a lead-off walk. The lead was short lived, however, as the Owls answered in the bottom of the inning with a pair to seize a 2-1 advantage.
The hosts would add another run in the third before racking up three-spots in the fourth and eighth innings en route to the 9-1 win.
The Owls pierced the scoring column with a run to begin the action in the nightcap. The teams exchanged runs in the fourth. With Keene ahead 2-1, the Colonials pushed across a pair of runners in the sixth to capture a 3-2 lead.
LoRusso - who finished the game 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored - led off the frame with a double to center field. Junior third baseman Joe Daigle (Southington, CT) then singled to right before senior shortstop EJ Lavoie (East Granby, CT) singled to right, scoring LoRusso. Moments later, Vartuli drilled a double to left, sending Daigle across the plate.
The Owls struck back quickly to regain a 4-3 lead before WestConn knotted the count at 4-4 in the seventh when senior second baseman Joe Costa (Hopewell Junction, NY) scored on a wild pitch. However, Keene responded yet again, this time with a four-run outburst in the eighth, setting the final score at 8-4.
WestConn returns to action against visiting non-league opponent Trinity College on Monday at 5 p.m.