CHOLEVA’S GAME TWO NO HITTER EARNS UC THE SPLIT
Keuka Park, NY (May 6, 2014) – Senior Alec Choleva (Coventry, CT/East Catholic), of the Utica College baseball team, tossed a no-hitter against non-conference rival Keuka College Tuesday at Kuhl Field. Choleva struck out four while walking just one batter to help UC earn the afternoon split on the road. Matthew DeMartino (Oceanside, NY/Oceanside) led Utica at the dish with four hits and four runs scored including two doubles on the day.
The Pioneers, now 8-20 overall, are right back on the diamond Wednesday as they welcome Oswego State for a twilight doubleheader. First pitch of game one is set for 2 p.m. at the UC Baseball Field. The Storm moved its season mark to 22-12 as they wrap up regular season play. Keuka is back in action May 9, for the first round of the NEAC Tournament in Washington, D.C.
Keuka 8, Utica 2 – Game One
The Storm jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, over the first three innings of play, and never looked back as they went on to take game one. KC put up one in the first and three in the second on seven hits and then added three more in the third with three more hits and the help of three Utica errors.
UC would finally get on the board in the sixth with one run off a Vincent Burillo (Montgomery, NY/Valley Central ) RBI single. The Pioneers added another run in their last at bat before dropping game one, 8-2.
Senior Chris Jeffers (Albany, NY/Bishop Maginn) was tagged with the loss throwing a complete game while allowing eight runs on 13 hits.
After two hitless innings of ball in game two, Utica rallied in the third scoring two runs on three hits and the aid of two walks and one mishap by the home team, to take a 2-0 edge.
The Pioneers moved to a 6-0 cushion heading into the final frames as they worked four hits in the fourth and fifth while converting a KC error to cushion a six run advantage.
Choleva went on to retire the final 14 batters of the Storm as he tallied a no-hit shutout to add to his impressive collegiate resume. The captain also added one hit, one run and one RBI on the day.
DeMartino and Burillo each had two hits in the win. DeMartino scored three times while Burillo knocked in one run in each contest.
UC BASEBALL SWEEPS FIRST TWIN BILL OF THE SEASON
Utica, NY (4-18-14) – The Utica College baseball team swept its first twin bill of the season Friday defeating host Houghton College on the road, 2-0 and 5-4, at the Houghton Baseball Stadium.
Sophomore Joshua Webb (Verona, NY/VVS) led the Pioneers in game one tossing a complete game shutout to pick up his first win of the season while junior Ryan Watson (Deerfield, NY/Whitesboro) did it all in game getting the win and going 3-for-5 at the dish with two RBI.
UC moves it overall record to 6-12 while the Highlanders fall to 6-16 on the season. The teams are right back on the diamond Saturday for another twin bill at the Houghton Baseball Stadium. First-pitch of game one on Saturday is set for 12 p.m.
Utica 2, Houghton 0 – Game One
Utica got on the board first with the eventual game-winner in the top of the second. Senior Rob Heath (Central Square, NY/Paul V. Moore) reached on an error and later scored on another to give UC it’s first and only needed run as Webb worked a gem on the mound.
In the sixth, UC strung together three consecutive hits with its 3-4-5 hitters edging a 2-0 lead into the final frames. Senior Alec Choleva (Coventry, CT/East Catholic) doubled with one out followed by a Ryan Watson (Deerfield, NY/Whitesboro) single. Junior Vincent Burillo (Montgomery, NY/Valley Central ) ripped an RBI single scoring Choleva from third.
Webb threw his third complete game of the season allowing just four hits and two walks. He fanned eight Highlanders in the game one victory.
Utica got on the scoreboard first again in game two with three runs in the third on two hits and the help of two Highlander errors. Watson singled to drive in UC’s first while Heath followed on the same play after two Houghton mishaps. Burillo capped the third inning scoring with an RBI sac fly to right field to give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead.
The home team answered right back in the bottom half of the inning with two runs on two hits and one UC error to pull within one of the lead, 3-2.
After two quiet frames of scoreless ball Houghton put together a two run rally to take its first lead of the afternoon, 4-3, in the bottom of the sixth.
HC held its lead until the top of the ninth when the Pioneers retaliated with two runs of their own en route to the twilight sweep.
Watson threw eight innings allowing just one earned run, on three hits and one walk while helping himself at the plate with a 3-for-5 day including the go-ahead RBI triple in the ninth.
Junior Benjamin Hobaica (Clinton, NY/Clinton) ripped a one out single in the top of the ninth to tie up the game before Watson followed with a two-out winner.
All six games against the future conference rivals have been decided by three runs or less including four one battles. Houghton is currently 4-2 against UC all-time after sweeping both double headers last year in Utica. With 14 scheduled games remaining, UC needs just one more win to eclipse last year’s overall win total (6-28).