The Keystone College baseball team got hot to start its spring break competition, winning its first three games at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida, before losing its fourth game to drop to 3-3 overall this season.
After losing to the University of Scranton and John Hopkins University in the Baltimore Invitation to open the year March 4-5, the Giants rebounded with an 11-9 win over John Carroll University, edged Rhodes College 3-2, then won 6-4 over Heidelberg University before Amherst College won 19-9 on Sunday.
After scoring a run in the top of the first inning, Amherst took a 6-0 lead in the second inning after getting five runs in the frame.
Keystone got a run back in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI double from Tony Hunter II, but the Purple & White added six more runs in the next two innings to claim a 12-1 advantage.
Against Heidelberg, Keystone took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning as Ryan Callahan hit a two-run single through the left side of the infield before Anthony Ferezza drove in Chris Panzarella with a base hit to right field.
Heidelberg got a run back in the home sixth before tying the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-run triple.
Brady Barr restored the Giants’ lead with a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning.
The Student Princes got their deficit to 5-4 with an unearned run in the home half of the frame, but Keystone scored the game’s final run in the visitor’s ninth on a double-steal with Hunter II taking second and Panzarella scoring.
Keystone sophomore Sebastian De La Cruz was named to the Colonial States Athletic Conference Player of the Week Honor Roll on Monday after helping lead Keystone to the 3-1 record for the first games of the trip.
De La Cruz batted .474 over the last four games while leading the Giants with nine hits to go along with four RBI.
He also had three multi-hit efforts in the four contests last week, highlighted by a 4-5, five RBI effort in a win over John Carroll on Friday.
Keystone will return to the diamond on Wednesday evening with a game against Mount St. Mary College starting at 6 p.m. in Port Charlotte.