Keystone beats WNEC behind Frost
Frost’s complete game leads Giants to opening game win
APPLETON, Wis. -- A two run sixth inning finally woke up the Keystone offense and starting pitcher Jeff Frost worked a complete game as the Giants captured their NCAA Division III Championsihp opener by a score of 2-1 against Western New England at Time Warner Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
The Giants will now move on to play Buena Vista on Saturday at 8:45 p.m. ET. The Beavers defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater 5-4 earlier in the evening.
With the victory the Giants move to 37-10, while the Golden Bears fall to 42-10.
Frost allowed one run on 11 hits, while striking out nine. He did not walk a batter in his stellar outing. Brian Del Rosso knocked out three of Keystone's eight hits, including a double. Esteban Meletiche added a pair of hits, while driving in one. Roberto Santana added the other Keystone RBI.
Matt Rogers worked seven and two-thirds, striking out 10, while allowing two runs on eight hits with a walk in suffering the loss.
Frost started strong for the Giants, picking up two striking out two in the opening inning. The Giants looked to be a bit tense in their first at bats, going down in order as two of the three struck out looking.
Western New England broke onto the scoreboard in the second as the first two hitters reached with base hits and after a strikeout, a Mike Taylor single to left brought around Jason Leclerc with the game's first run.
The Giants threatened in the bottom of the inning when Andy Vega drew a one out walk to give Keystone its first base runner of the game. After the fourth Keystone batter in the first two innings struck out, Lance Ratchford became the answer to a Keystone trivia question, picking up the Giants first hit in World Series history with s single through the right side. Ratchford was erased trying to steal second to end the threat.
After Frost set down the Golden Bears in order in the third, the Giants put a one out runner aboard when Brian Del Rosso reached with a bunt single. After a fly out by Esteban Meletiche, Del Rosso was caught trying to steal second to end the inning. It marked the second consecutive inning that a caught stealing ended the Keystone inning.
The teams traded leadoff hits in the fourth, with each squad failing to bring home a run. Andrew Siano singled to center for Keystone's safety.
Western New England put their leadoff runner on the fifth, the third time in the first five innings, as the Golden Bears threatened once again with two on and one out, but Frost quelled the threat.
Matt Rogers struck out the side in the fifth as the Golden Bears starter continued to keep the Giants off balance.
The Keystone offense finally broke through in the sixth when Brian Del Rosso led off with a double to left and came around to score on a Meletiche RBI single. After a sacrifice bunt by Andrew Siano, Roberto Santana drilled a triple to the gap in left center to bring around Meletiche for the Giants first lead at 2-1.
The Golden Bears once again managed to get their leadoff hitter in the eight, but things were quickly erased as Frost induced the 6-4-3 double play. Del Rosso and Meletiche led off the eight with singles for the Giants, but a double steal attempt by Keystone erased the lead runner as the Giants failed to plate a run.