Pitching, timely hitting lift Warriors to 5-2, 8-2 Little East sweep
Mike Riemer (at left)
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Mike Riemer (Ellington) had three doubles among his four hits and drove in six runs and starting pitchers Evan Chamberlain (Amston) and Andrew Merritt (Norwalk) allowed only two runs on nine hits over 13 innings as Eastern Connecticut State University swept a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader from Plymouth State University, 5-2 and 8-2, Saturday afternoon at Panther Park.
In his third start, Chamberlain (3-0) pitched a six-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks in the first game, and Riemer lashed a bases-clearing double with two out in the eighth. In the second game, Merritt (2-1) pitched the first six shutout innings in his first start in over two weeks, fanning four and giving up three hits and one walk.
In the second game, Eastern broke open a tight game by erupting for four runs in the ninth. The Warriors batted around in the inning, collecting five hits (three doubles). Riemer contributed a two-run double, sophomore T.J. Larivee (Salem, MA) belted a pinch RBI double, and No. 3 hitter Joe Balowski (Berlin) contributed a run-scoring single.
With the sweep, Eastern (19-6, 5-2 Little East) maintains a share of second place in the conference with the University of Southern Maine, which swept Western Connecticut. Keene won a pair over Rhode Island College to keep a one-game lead of Eastern and Southern Maine.
Since moving into a starting role, Chamberlain is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. He has fanned 14 and walked one in those three starts.
Sophomore Danny O'Connell (Braintree, MA) had two hits in each game and has now had a hit in his last 16 games. Batting leadoff, sophomore Adam Roderick (West Hartford) had a hit in the opener and two in the nightcap and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games and in all but three games this season.
Senior Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) and Balowski each also chipped in three hits, Cammuso also walking and scoring three times.
Plymouth (10-14, 1-6 Little East) got stellar starting pitching in the second game from Bobby Chatfield, who allowed only one earned run on six hits but did not figure in the decision as he left the game with the score tied after six innings.