LA PLUME, PA — The SUNY New Paltz baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader to Keystone College this afternoon. The Giants grabbed the early game 6-1, and took the second 9-5.
In the opener, the Hawks put the first run on the board in the top half of the second on a single off the bat of freshman Javier Lopez (Selden, NY). Lopez went 2-for-3 with the RBI, junior Jeff Cote? (Mechanicsville, MD) also posted a 2-for-3 effort for the Hawks.
The Giants (24-8) tied the game up in the bottom of the inning on a homerun from junior catcher Jonathan Papada (Hazelton, PA). Keystone added another run in the third and four more in the fourth to go up 6-1. Senior pitcher Justin Hoke (Pine Grove, PA) held SUNY New Paltz scoreless after the second, he pitched six innings, allowed seven hits, one run and struck out two.
Junior pitcher Trevor Bailey (West Hurley, NY) took the loss (0-5) for the Hawks. Bailey pitched all six innings, allowed ten hits, six runs, five earned, four walks and struck out two.
SUNY New Paltz (10-22) was first on the board in the second game as well. Junior catcher Josh Gutes (Hauppauge, NY) doubled in sophomore outfielder Justin Buonamano (Royersford, PA) in the top of the fourth.
Keystone, however, would score six runs off three homeruns in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-1 lead. Junior first baseman David Adamchick (Mechanicsburg, PA) opened the inning with a solo shot. Junior catcher Brent Bowman (Whitehall, PA) followed with a two-run homerun and senior Scott Grimes (Kennett Square, PA) knocked a three-run homer. The Giants would score two more in the fifth on a homerun from sophomore third baseman Deken Kline (Mifflinburg, PA).
The Hawks rallied for four runs in the sixth, but fell short in the end 9-5. Freshman pitcher Michael Virga (Farmingville, NY) gave up six runs through four innings of work. He allowed six hits, six runs, three walks and struck out one. Gutes went 3-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Junior outfielder Vinny McAdams (Little Falls, NY) went 1-for-2 with two runs batted in and a walk.