KEENE, N.H. 4/713 – Freshman Billy Hartmann (Greenland, N.H.) knocked in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly and four Owls pitchers combined for seven and a third innings of solid two-run relief, enabling the Keene State College baseball team to post a 5-4 come-from-behind non-conference win over Salve Regina University at Owl Athletic Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Winners of three of their last four games, the Owls improve to 9-14. The Seahawks (15-6) saw their five game winning streak come to an end.
Keene State fell behind 4-0. Salve Regina scored two runs in the top of the second on RBI singles by freshmen Ryan Sweenor (South Kingstown, R.I.) and Ryan Kelly (Waldwick, N.J.). They scored two more runs in the top of the sixth to take a 4-0 lead on a run-scoring single by Sweenor and a RBI double by Junior Dominic Di Sano (Central Falls, R.I.)
Held in check by Seahawk starter senior Daniel Kehew (Portsmouth, R.I.), the Owls were able to break through and score three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, freshman Brett Dootson (Marlborough, Conn.) brought home one run with a sacrifice fly. Two more runs came home on an infield throwing error.
Keene State tied the game (4-4) in the bottom of the seventh. Sophomore Ray Carmel (Waterford, N.Y.) reached on an error and came home on another sacrifice fly by Dootson.
Looking to rally, the Seahawks put their first two batters on base in the top of the ninth following back-to-back singles by Di Sano and junior Nicholas Dell'Anno (Reading Mass.).
Owl reliever junior Vinnie Mangiagli (East Hartford, Conn.) got out of the jam. He got one out when sophomore Mark Boland (Orange, Conn.) grounded out to first. Junior Anthony Conte (Georgetown, Mass.) was hit-by-a-pitch to load the bases. Kelly hit a ground ball to Owl freshman third baseman Bobby Graham (Amherst, N.H.) who threw to KSC junior catcher Andrew Gummow (Brookline, Mass.) cut down Di Sano trying to score. Mangiagli got the final out when sophomore Sean Becker (Richmond, Va.) flied out to right field to end the game.
"I was getting the jitters and the butterflies out there, but I stepped back and took a deep breath and said I believe in my team and they did a good job," said Mangiagli, who picked up his first save of the season. "It was a good feeling."
Coming into the game in the second inning after Owl starter Daniel Osorio (Manchester, N.H.) struggled with his control, freshman Alan Schiff (East Hartford, Conn.) did his job, tossing four and a third innings of long relief. "I just knew I had to keep the ball on the ground and let my defense make plays for me," said Schiff, who held the fort, giving up two runs on four hits with a couple of strikeouts to get his first college win and giving KSC a chance to come back. "We had an all-around effort today. The defense played well and we got some timely hits and got a couple of run across the plate to get the win."
"Danny (Osorio) had a rough time throwing strikes and we had guys come in pound the zone and give us a chance to come back," said KSC Coach Ken Howe. "Their starter kept us off balanced, but we got into their bullpen and scrapped out a win."
Freshman Dylan Collett (Altamont. N.Y.) also pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings of relief for KSC.
The Owls managed just six hits in the game. Junior Nick Vita (Spofford, N.H.) went 2-4 at the plate.
Kelly, Sweenor and Di Sano each had two hits for the Seahawks.
Freshman Sean Healy (Wakefield, R.I.), who took over on the mound for Salve Regina in the eighth, got the loss.
Keene State hosts Curry College on Tuesday (3 p.m.).