WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The AMCATS traveled to Westfield Thursday afternoon for a non-conference game against the Westfield State Owls. The Owls got the best of the 'Cats, winning handly 18-2.
Westfield State junior All-New England centerfielder Anthony Crowley (Bellingham, Mass.) posted a perfect day at the plate., pounding out five hits in five at bats, including a home run as the Owls posted an 18-2 win over Anna Maria College in a non-conference game at Bud and Jim Hagan Field on Thursday afternoon.
Crowley finished with four runs batted in and scored three runs. He ripped a solo home run to left center field in the third inning, his 10th of the season. Crowley moves into a tie for second place (with Dave Bevan) on the Owls single-season home run list, passing Owls Hall of Famer Bob Kallstrom '76. Former Dodgers farmhand Dave Carlucci holds the Owls' single-season record with 12 home runs.
Westfield also saw another season record matched, as graduate student outfielder Kyle Murphy (Westfield, Mass.) was hit by a pitch later in the third inning. Murphy has reached as a hit batsman 12 times this season, which ties the mark set by Garrett Kendziera in both 2006 and '07.
Westfield scored at least one run in each inning, except the sixth.
In addition to Crowley's field day, John Lippincott (Northwestern Reg./Barkhamsted, Mass.) added three hits in four at bats, with a double, a triple, and three runs batted in. Colin Dunn (Westfield, Mass.) drove in three runs with a double to the warning track in left field in the seventh inning. Dunn, Brett Dooley (The Gunnery/Cohasset, Mass.) and Nate Barnes (Westfield, Mass.) each had a pair of hits for the Owls, who rapped out 19 total hits in the game.
Westfield State also got a strong pitching performance from freshman pitcher Trevor Edwards (1-1) (Amherst, Mass.), who tossed five innings, allowing four hits and just one earned run while striking out five to get his first collegiate win.
Brian Hollister (Somers, Conn.) added three innings of scoreless relief, and Nate Langmeier (East Granby, Conn.) tossed a scoreless ninth to seal the win.
Anna Maria got both their runs in the fifth inning, with Jake Crevier (Ware, Mass.) driving in two men with a single. Starter Cam Brown (1-2) (Oakmont/Gardner, Mass.) took the loss on the mound.
Anna Maria will be on the road Saturday for their final GNAC and regular season games of the season against Rivier beginning at 1pm.