Benchich tosses shutout

Jeff Benchich (Millbrook) tossed a complete game four-hit shutout as Alfred State scored two runs in the 7th inning to down Illinois Valley 2-0 on Monday afternoon.  The Pioneers improve to 2-3 on the young 2008 season.

Benchich struck out nine and walked just two as he evened up his record at 1-1 on the year.

The game was scoreless until the 7th inning when Yordis Veras (Newtown) walked.  After Veras stole second, Kenny O'Brien (Norwalk, CT) was hit by a pitch.  A wild pitch moved Veras and O'Brien up a base and Kevin Underhill (Somers) drove home the winning run with a ground out to short.  Kelvin Espinosa (George Washington) drove home an insurance run with a single to score O'Brien.

The Pioneers were held to just three hits on the day.