AUBERDALE, FLA. . 3/9/13 – For the second straight day the Keene State College baseball team had to settle for a split in Florida. After being shutout 4-0 in the opener, the Owls came back to take the nightcap 8-4 against Roger Williams University at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Fla. on Saturday.
Keene State (3-5) was held to just two hits in the first game against RWU junior pitcher Sean Boyle (Arlington, Mass.) who tossed a complete (seven inning) game two-hitter with four strikeouts. Senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.) had a lead-off single in the first and freshman Cody Dube (Windham, Maine) singled in the fourth inning.
The Hawks scored two runs in the second and fifth innings.
Making his first start of the season after coming back from Tommy John surgery, senior Eric Perrault (Salem, N.H.) lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing two runs on one hit. He fanned three and walked four.
Senior Kyle Underwood (Campton, N.H.), the Owls' third pitcher of the game, had a solid outing, pitching 1.2 inning of hitless ball with a strikeout.
Keene State jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second game.
The Owls jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Bates, who began the inning with a single, came around to score on a sacrifice fly.
After the Hawks tied the game in the top of the third, KSC answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Junior Nick Vita (Spofford, N.H.) had an RBI single and freshman Bobby Graham (Amherst, N.H.) had a two-run double.
Vita added an RBI single in the fourth to give Keene State a 5-1 lead.
The Hawks crawled back in the game, scoring two runs in the fifth one more in the sixth to cut the Owls lead to 5-4.
Junior Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H.) blasted a three-run home run, a towering shot to left field, to give KSC a 8-4 lead. It was the Owls first round-tripper of the season.
Keene State had nine hits in the game with Bates and Vita both going 2-2.
Freshman Eddie Dionne (Concord, N.H.) got the start for KSC and picked up his fist college win on the mound. He went the first four and two-third innings, allowing three runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Senior Wil Francis (West Hartford, Conn.) took over in the sixth inning and got the save.
Keene State played a doubleheader against the College of New Jersey in Winter Haven, Fla. on Sunday.