AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Junior Alexander White (West Hartford) drove in junior Alex Parkos (Meriden) with his only hit of the day – a two-out triple in the bottom of the 13th inning – to send the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team to a 4-3 victory over Ramapo College Monday night at Lake Myrtle Park.
Working in his fifth inning, Ramapo junior righty Kyle Haag (0-2) retired the first two batters of the 13th before Parkos singled down the left field line, and White ended the game with a double to center to end a marathon game which lasted four hours and 45 minutes and featured ten pitchers, 19 hits, four errors and 18 walks.
Ramapo (4-3) tied the game 3-3 with a run in the top of the sixth on junior Vincenzo Sita's two-out, RBI double to left center. The Warriors were shut out for seven innings after moving ahead, 3-1, with a run in the fifth on senior D.J. Scavone's (Auburn, MA) which scored Parkos, who walked to open the inning.
In his first collegiate appearance, 6-foot-3 in, 190 pound freshman righty Nicholas Kraszewski (East Haven) pitched the final three shutout innings as the team's sixth pitcher to gain his first victory. Kraszewski gave up four hits, fanned one and walked one. Kraszewski gave up a double to the first batter he faced (Sita) leading off the 11t but stranded two runners, left another runner aboard after allowing two hits in the 12th and left the tying run in the 13th after issuing a two-out walk, getting freshman Matt Carovillano to pop out to short to end the game.
In his second career start – first in three years – senior righty Sam Kosterich (Stamford) tossed six solid innings, giving up only three hits and one earned run with five strikeouts and two walks. He left on the long end of a 3-2 lead but the Roadrunners rallied for the tying run in the seventh.
In the 11th inning of a tie game, sophomore Jake LeFevre (Mansfield Center) doubled with one out and Parkos walked but Haag induced a couple of ground balls to extend the game.
Eastern (2-0) led 2-0 by scoring in the first inning without a hit, with senior Collin Russell (Sandwich, MA) and freshman Anthony Stigler (Mansfield) receiving bases-loaded walks from junior lefty Nick Recarte, who issued five walks before being lifted during the inning.
LeFevre and Parkos were the only two Eastern players with two hits. Parkos reached base six times with two hits and four walks.
Eastern faces No. 24 Salve Regina University Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Lakeland, FL.