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Baseball Drops 7-1 Decision To Saint Joseph's (Maine) In GNAC Tournament Opener

Second Round – 2008 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Adams Field, Quincy, Mass.


QUINCY, Mass.--  Junior Andrew Keirstead (Westbrook, Maine) went the distance on the mound with a complete-game 140 pitch effort as fourth-seeded Saint Joseph’s (Maine) notched a 7-1 victory over top-seeded Suffolk in second round play of the 2008 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Baseball Championships Thursday afternoon at Adams Field.

The visiting Monks (23-13) advance in the winner’s bracket of the Great Northeast Championships and will take on the winner of Thursday night’s other second round match-up between second-seeded Johnson & Wales and third-seeded Rivier on Saturday afternoon at Holman Stadium in Nashua, N.H. beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The host Rams (23-9) will square off with the loser of the Johnson & Wales-Rivier contest in an elimination round game on Saturday morning at Holman Stadium beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The game was scoreless until the sixth when Saint Joseph’s strung together six hits and took advantage of three Suffolk errors to plate all seven of its runs, as freshman Ian Lee’s (Hampden, Maine) sacrifice fly gave the Monks a 1-0 lead before a pair of miscues and a passed ball extended that advantage to 3-0.  Junior Wade Oliver’s (Owls Head, Maine) two-run single gave the visitors’ a 5-0 cushion, while an error and a fielder’s choice allowed two more runs to cross and closed out the frame for Saint Joseph’s.  The Rams answered back in the bottom of the inning when junior Anthony Iacopucci (Medford, Mass.) plated sophomore Tim Corcoran (Beverly, Mass.) with an RBI single, as Suffolk had threats in the seventh and eighth but left four runners on base over the final three innings.

Senior Luke Enman (Milan, N.H.) had three of Saint Joseph’s 11 hits on the afternoon, while Oliver, senior Brian Schools (Gorham, Maine) and freshman Todd Keneborus (Hollis Center, Maine) each added two safeties for the Monks, as Keirstead threw 84 strikes in his complete-game effort for the visitors in improving to 5-1 on the season.  Corcoran collected two of Suffolk’s nine hits in the setback, as senior Steve Durant (Malden, Mass.) didn’t allow an earned run and struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings to fall to 5-3 on the hill for the Rams.

The double elimination portion of the 2008 Great Northeast Championships continues on both Saturday and Sunday at Holman Stadium, as complete pairings are available by logging-on to the conference’s web site at

123 456 789  R H E
Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (23-13)  000 007 000 - 7 11 1
Suffolk (23-9)    000 001 000 - 1 9 4
SJM: Andrew Keirstead and Travis Adams
SUF: Steve Durant, Steve Healey (6), Mike Carbone (8) and Bobby Barrett
WP: Keirstead (5-1)  LP: Durant (5-3)