Keystone beats Misericordia with two-out, run-scoring rally in eighth
FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- Keystone College opened its spring break trip in Florida with a 4-3 victory against Misericordia University on Friday morning. The Giants plated the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning after the Cougars (9-3) tied the contest in the top half of the inning.
Keystone opened the scoring in the home half of the second inning after recording three consecutive singles, the last of which was an RBI hit by Jose Garcia that plated Tyler Gurman, who opened the two-out rally with an infield single.
The Cougars tied the contest in the fifth inning with an RBI double, with Steve Sulkoski driving home Andrew Tressa. Gabriel Molina opened up the Giants' half of the sixth inning with a single before advancing to third on a Lymbel Guerrero single to right. Molina scored on a passed ball to give Keystone a 2-1 advantage, and the two teams traded runs during the next two innings.
Misericordia's Chris Boroch scored on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning before Keystone again went ahead in the home half of the frame as Garcia opened the inning with a double and scored on a single by Miquel Castano.
The Cougars made it a 3-3 game in the top of the eighth. Julian Faria opened the inning with a double and scored on a wild pitch, but Keystone again had an answer in its half of the inning as Guerrero reached base after being hit by a pitch before advancing on a sacrifice bunt by Cody Darley. Guerrero scored by advancing on a pair of wild pitches.
Rob Rogers struck out 10 batters in six innings and scattered four hits and walked three while surrendering a single run. Adam Krebs (1-0) went two innings, giving up two runs while striking out a pair of batters. Patrick Robinson worked a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit while striking out two to notch his first save of the season.
Gurman, Garcia and Ricky Riscica had two hits apiece to lead the Giants' offense, which finished with 10 hits.
Sulcoski had three of Misericorida's six hits, Evan Robaczewsk took a no-decision after striking out five and allowing 10 hits and three runs, two earned, in seven innings. Justin Haddix (0-2) took the loss after allowing the game-winning run in the eighth inning.
Keystone, currently ranked 13th in country, improved to 7-1 on the season with a second win Friday, as it followed its victory against defending Freedom Conference champion Misericordia with an 8-3 triumph versus reigning Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference champion La Roche College.