Jeffs Blow Ninth Inning Lead; Fall to Keene St., 13-9

April 18, 2001

AMHERST, MA - The Keene State College baseball team scored six unearned runs in the ninth inning to overtake host Amherst College 13-9 in a non-league baseball matchup on Wednesday, giving Owl head coach Ken Howe his 200th career victory. The win broke a two-game losing skid for Keene State, who evened its record at 8-8 with the win, while Amherst fell to 9-8. 

Amherst led 9-7 heading into the ninth inning before Keene State loaded the bases with two outs on a pair of walks and a single by Matt Lavatori (Manchester, CT). Owl pinch hitter Drew Delorme (Ensonburg Falls, VT) then reached on an infield error, scoring junior catcher Kelly Charbono (Enfield, NH) from third base, and Amherst reliever Duncan Webb (Lynn, MA) hit senior shortstop Art Balzotti (Marston Mills, MA) with the next pitch, forcing in a run to knot the score at 9-9. 

The Owls weren't finished yet as the next batter--senior center fielder Keith Jacobson (Colchester, CT)--singled off Amherst's fourth pitcher of the game-first-year Andy Kerns (Barrington, IL), scoring DeLorme and sophomore second baseman Ben Tyer (Lee, MA) to give the visitors an 11-9 lead. Keene State third baseman Travis Muckle (Bennington, VT) then drove in Balzotti and Jacobson with an opposite field single to up the Owls' advantage to 13-9. 

Lavatori--who pitched two innings of scoreless relief after starting the game as the Owls' designated hitter--struck out the side in the ninth to improve his record to 3-2 on the season. Meanwhile, Jacobson, Muckle and junior right fielder Nick Bujeaud (Lincoln, NH) each finished with two hits for Keene State. 

Sophomore first baseman Brett Nicol (Orinda, CA) and senior third baseman Ryan Whitmarsh (Dalton, MA) paced Amherst offensively with a pair of hits and three runs scored each. Sophomore designated hitter Joe Katuska (Southboro, MA) also had a two-run triple in the first inning and drove in three runs on the afternoon. 

Amherst returns to action on Thursday at non-league foe Westfield State College at 3:30 p.m.

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