AVON PARK, FLA. 3/14/13– The Keene State college baseball team split a pair of close games at South Florida Community College in Avon Park, Florida on Thursday.
Sophomore Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H.) drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning in the Owls 4-3 win over Bowdoin College. KSC lost its second game to Husson College 4-2 at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
"I thought we got some great relief pitching and were able to scrap a few runs to get the win," said KSC Coach Ken Howe. "In the second game against Husson we extended a few inning with a few walks and an error that came back to hurt us."
Keene fell behind 4-0 against Husson. KSC cut the lead in half with two runs in the top of the fourth. Freshman Brett Dootson (Marlborough, Conn.) had an RBI double and freshman Cody Dube (Windham, Me.), who reached on a fielder's choice, came around to score on a ground out.
Looking to rally in the ninth inning, Keene State got runners on first and second, but couldn't push across the tying runs.
Senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.), Dootson, and Seawards each had two hits in the game.
Senior Spencer Hutchinson (Broad Brook, Conn.) started for the Owls and pitched six strong innings, allowing one run on seven hits with a six strikeouts. Junior Daniel Osorio (Manchester, N.H.) (0-1) took the loss in relief.
Seawards had only one hit in the Owls' earlier game against Bowdoin College, but he made it count, driving in the winning run with a sharp single in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift Keene State to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Bowdoin College.
Trailing 3-0, the Owls got one run back in the bottom of the fourth inning. Bates led off with a single and came home on a sacrifice fly by Dube.
KSC tied the game up with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Freshman Billy Hartmann (Greenland, N.H.) had a RBI double in the seventh and junior Nick Vita (Spofford, N.H.) scored on a passed ball in the eighth.
The Polar Bears had a couple of chances to win the game. They had a runner on third with one out in the top of the ninth. In the top of the 11th inning, Bowdoin had runners on first and second with two outs, but Dube came in to close the door on one pitch, getting John Lefeber to pop out to end the rally,.
Vita, who had a couple of hits in the game, led off the bottom of the 11th, with a wind-blown double that hit at the base of the fence in right field. Dootson moved Vita to third with a single through the left side setting the stage for the game-winning hit by Seawards.
Hartmann and Dube each had two hits in the game for the Owls.
The fourth pitcher used by KSC Coach Ken Howe, Dube picked up the win in relief, improving his record to 2-1 this season.
Keene State (5-8) wraps up its spring week trip with a single game against Suffolk University in Leesburg, Fla. on Friday. "I'm looking to getting home and seeing what our field looks like," said Howe.