PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - In their first meetings since 2010, the Saint Michael's College baseball team was swept by the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 12-3 and 8-5, in a pair of seven-inning contests on Tuesday at Chip Cummings Field. The Purple Knights are 6-26 after losing for the 10th time by three runs or fewer, while the Cardinals improved to 9-21.
First-year Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins) went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a double and a hit-by-pitch in the opener, junior Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) had a hit, an RBI, a walk and a stolen base, while first-year Joe Webber (Marshfield, Mass./Bridgton Academy) finished with two walks, a run and a steal. Graduate student Nick Dorcean (Bellerose, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy/SUNY Old Westbury) took the loss after yielding five runs - four earned - in one inning of work. First-year Shane Epps (Queens, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) allowed one earned run over two frames, and classmate Cameron Cuellar (Seminole, Fla./Seminole) tossed a shutout sixth inning.
Sophomore Keller Kowalowski was 3-for-4 with three runs for SUNY Plattsburgh, and classmate James Hartunian homered in his only at bat while scoring two runs and driving in three. Sophomore Alec Fauvell earned the win in relief, allowing one run on two hits in four innings. He fanned three and walked one.
After Robertson singled and stole second with two down in a scoreless first and junior Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) walked, the Cardinals scored five runs on five hits in the home half, with first-year Simon Alvarez picking up an RBI double and sophomore Kentaro Mori a run-scoring single. First-year Anthony Azpeitia's (Tampa, Fla./King) RBI groundout and Robertson's bases-loaded walk cut the deficit to 5-2 in the second before the visitors left the bases loaded, and the hosts scored the next four runs, with sophomore Stephen Bryant's two-run single in the third the key hit. Moran slugged an RBI double in the fourth, but Hartunian drove a three-run home run in the fifth.
In game two, first-year Iset Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) finished 2-for-3 with a run and a stolen base, while Webber added another two steals, upping his total to a program-rookie-record 13 this season, the most by a Purple Knight in 24 seasons. Robertson drove in two runs, and first-year Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) had a run, an RBI, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly. Classmate Hunter Ruiz (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) took the loss after allowing six runs - five earned - in two-plus innings. Junior Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) yielded only two runs in four frames of relief.
Kowalowski finished 2-for-3 with two runs, three RBIs, a double and a home run, first-year Erik Matz was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and junior Jon Craft went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Sophomore Connor Lyons earned the win with four innings of four-run work, and sophomore Brantley Marion struck out five during two innings of perfect relief for the save.
SUNY Plattsburgh scored the game's first five runs in the second inning, during which Matz and Craft both had two-run doubles, before Saint Michael's countered with four runs of its own in the third. Webber knocked an RBI single, Robertson had a two-run single, and Kroeger produced his sac fly. Matz and junior Sean Winthrop (Hopkinton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) traded RBI singles in the third and fifth, respectively, before Kowaloski hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to make it 8-5. Marion entered to retire the final six Purple Knights.
With the Purple Knights' scheduled contest against Saint Anselm College tomorrow postponed to Friday due to expected inclement weather, their next game is on Thursday versus regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University at 3:30 p.m. The Penmen are second in this week's New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) rankings.