KEENE, N.H. 4/4/13 – Home cook in' tasted real good for the Keene State College baseball team which defeated Framingham State University 14-6 in its home season opener at Owl Athletic Complex on Thursday.
The Owls (7-13), who snapped a five game losing streak with the win, sprayed a season high 18 hits around the field.
"Nothing beats coming home. Playing 19 games on the road is tough," said junior Nick Vita (Spofford, N.H.), who went 3-4 with three RBIs, including a three run home run in the fourth that put the Owls up for good. "We came out and were really aggressive at the plate and the balls were flying."
"It's nice to get that first game under our belt at home," said KSC Coach Ken Howe. "We swung the bats well and pitched well at times. We're trying to get things going."
Keene State fell behind 2-0 before putting a four-spot on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Freshman Billy Hartmann (Greenland, N.H.) brought one run in with an RBI single and Vita belted a three-run home run just over the fence in left field. "I came up with a runner on third base and just tried to put the ball in the outfield. But he hung me a curve ball and left it up and I was able to get a good piece of it, said Vita about his first home run of the season.
The Owls added three more runs in the fourth and fifth innings and four more in the sixth to take a 14-3 lead. Junior Ray Carmel (Waterford, N.Y.), who went 3-3 with two RBIs in the game, had a run-scoring single and senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.) hit a two run home run in the fourth.
Seawards and Carmel had RBI singles and Bates had a run-scoring double in the sixth inning.
Seawards finished the game with three hits and three RBIs, Bates had two hits and three RBIs and Chase had two hits and two RBIs. Junior Andrew Gummow (Brookline, Mass.) and freshman Brett Dootson (Marlborough, Conn.) also had two-hit games.
"Hopefully it can be a turning point in the season for us," said Vita. "Maybe we can take this momentum on the road."
The Rams (6-11) finished the game with 13 hits. Seniors Justin Forman (Watertown, Mass.) and Will Crofton (Hopkinton, Mass.), juniors Billy Desroiser (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Anthony Iafolla (Medfield, Mass.) and freshman Jake Wardwell (Hudson, Mass.) each had two hits for Framingham State. Sophomore Cameron Couillard (North Andover, Mass.) had a two-run triple in the in the eighth inning for the Rams.
Junior Shawn Egan (East Hartford, Conn.) went the first three innings for the Owls, giving up two runs on six hits with a couple of walks. Freshman Slayd Dore (West Ossipee, N.H.) tossed two innings of one hit ball to pick-up his first college win (1-0). He also had a strikeout.=
Freshman Chris Monroe (Fitchburg, Mass.) took the loss for the Rams.
Both teams return to conference play on Saturday. The Owls travel to UMass-Dartmouth for a Little East doubleheader while the Rams head to Westfield State for a MASCAC twinbill.