COLCHESTER, Vt. - Junior Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) slugged two homers and drove in seven runs to help the Saint Michael's College baseball team rally past Southern Vermont College, 13-9, on Wednesday at Doc Jacobs Field. The Purple Knights are 6-21, while the Mountaineers slipped to 5-15. The teams had last played in 2009.
With most players in the non-conference game using aluminum bats, Allen employed a wooden bat in all five of his plate appearances, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs, seven RBIs and two walks. His RBI count is the highest by a Purple Knight in at least 15 years, while he drilled two home runs nearly a year to the date of his only other career two-homer game, last April 14, also on Doc Jacobs Field. With nine career dingers, Allen vaulted into third place in program history, trailing only Jack Coffey '57 (17) and Nicky Elderton '15 (10).
First-year Julien Giroux-Harvey (Montreal, Québec/Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf) also went deep, swatting his first career home run while scoring twice, driving in two, walking and stealing a base. Junior Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) walked three times, was 1-for-2, scored twice and drove in one. First-year Anthony Azpeitia (Tampa, Fla./King) added a hit, two runs, an RBI and a walk while being hit by a pitch, and classmate Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) walked twice, scored twice and stole two bags. First-year Joe Webber (Marshfield, Mass./Bridgton Academy) walked in his only plate appearance, stole two bases and scored.
Graduate student Nick Dorcean (Bellerose, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy/SUNY Old Westbury) pitched well in relief, allowing two runs - one earned - on three hits in four innings while striking out seven and walking one. Junior Drew Farris (Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) earned the win thanks to tossing three innings of two-hit, shutout baseball. He struck out two and walked no one.
Junior Ryan Cullam went 3-for-5 atop Southern Vermont's order, and sophomore Nate Hickey stole four bases, scored three runs and walked twice. Classmate Kevin Murphy took the loss in relief, yielding two runs on one hit in one frame, walking four while striking out the side.
The visitors scored five runs on two hits and a key error in the first inning, with only one run earned, before Allen cracked his first home run of the day, a three-run shot with one down in the home half. Senior John Arancio knocked an RBI double and scored in the second before Hickey's sac fly in the third pushed the lead to 8-3.
Saint Michael's responded with 10 of the game's final 11 runs. Allen swatted a two-run homer with two down in the third, but junior Zack Stacey's RBI single plated Hickey with an unearned run in the sixth inning to make it 9-5. The Purple Knights tied the game with four runs in the home portion, as Giroux-Harvey knocked a two-run shot, Azpeitia followed with an RBI single, and Allen completed a nine-pitch plate appearance with two down by walking with the bases loaded to force in the tying run.
Junior Sean Winthrop's (Hopkinton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) sac fly plated Webber with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, and Robertson and Allen drew consecutive bases-loaded walks to push the lead to 12-9. Cullam and Stacey both doubled in the top of the eighth, but Robertson started an 8-6-5 relay to cut down Cullam trying to stretch his hit to a triple, preventing a big inning. Kroeger stole two bases and scored on a wild pitch for an insurance run in the bottom half, and Farris set the Mountaineers down 1-2-3 in the ninth.
The Purple Knights host regionally-ranked Merrimack College for a three-game set this weekend, beginning with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. The Warriors are fifth in this week's New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll.