Baseball Walks Off Against Alfred State

Zach Braster (32) threw 4.2 innings of scoreless relief for the Wolves -- Photo by Shelby Lamb
Zach Braster (32) threw 4.2 innings of scoreless relief for the Wolves -- Photo by Shelby Lamb

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Baseball team defeated Alfred State 10-9 in 11 innings on Wednesday in Keuka's home opener at Kuhl Field.

The top five batters in the order for Keuka College (6-8) combined for 12 of the Wolves' 14 hits. John Rizzo led the way with four hits. Dakota Skinner added three hits and Tyler Freedman and Kyle Colegrove each added a pair of hits in the win.

Keuka College 10 vs. Alfred State 9 – 11 innings

Alfred State struck first with a two-run double in the top of the first inning. The Wolves responded with back-to-back doubles by Tyler Freedman and Kyle Colegrove in the bottom of the inning. Freedman scored one on his hit and Colegrove plated a pair as Keuka took the lead. An RBI single by Anthony Mashewske capped the inning as Keuka took a 4-2 lead.

The Pioneers cut into the margin with a solo home run in the third, but Keuka answered with an RBI single by John Rizzo.

Alfred State scored two runs to tie the game in the fourth and took an 8-5 lead in the fifth. They carried that lead into the eighth inning. With the bases loaded, Tyler Freedman singled to score a run. The Wolves plated a second run with a bases loaded walk, but the game would go to the ninth with Keuka trailing 8-7.

In the ninth, Jake Redding led the inning off with a walk. With one out, John Rizzo doubled to left, advancing Redding to third. Dakota Skinner singled to left field to score Redding, but Rizzo was thrown out at home as the game-winning run. The game would go to extra innings tied 8-8.

Alfred State got an RBI single in the top of the eleventh to take the lead. Keuka College led off the bottom of the inning with a base runner as they were hit by the pitch. Following a strikeout and a stolen base, Dakota Skinner singled leaving runners on first and second with two outs. Dan Bamann was at the plate for Keuka. He grounded to third, but the throw across the diamond was low and kicked away from the first baseman. This allowed Connor Siracusa to score and Skinner to move to third. Alfred State attempted to get Siracusa out at the plate and threw it home. On the throw, Bamann went to second. After Siracusa was safe, the catcher attempted to get Bamann out at second and threw the ball into centerfield, allowing Dakota Skinner to score the game-winning run for the Wolves.

KC Notes:

  • Keuka College improved to 7-4 all-time against Alfred State
  • Keuka is 2-0 against Alfred State in extra innings and 15-10-1 overall
  • 11 innings tied for the third longest game in program history
  • It was Keuka's third straight win in their home opener. Overall, the Wolves are 10-12 in their first home game of the season
  • Rizzo singled, doubled, and tripled for the Wolves, coming just a home runs short of hitting for the cycle, a feat he accomplished earlier in the season
  • Zach Braster pitched a career-high 4.2 innings of shutout relief for Keuka. He allowed just two hits and struck out four batters, also a career-high

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will begin North Eastern Athletic Conference play this weekend with a home doubleheader against Penn College on Saturday. The Wildcats were in the NEAC Tournament last season. Keuka College and Penn College split their regular season series in 2017. First pitch is set for 1pm.