GORHAM, MAINE 4/27/13 – It was a tough trip to Gorham, Maine for the Keene State College baseball team which dropped both ends of a Little East Conference doubleheader against No. 11 ranked Southern Maine at the USM Baseball Stadium on Saturday, falling 4-1 in the opener and 15-1 in the seven-inning nightcap.
The Owls, who came into the doubleheader riding a seven game winning streak, fall back to the .500 mark (18-18) and go to 7-5 in the LEC. They are tied for the third place in the LEC standings with UMass Boston. Sitting on top of the LEC standings, Southern Maine improves to 27-6 (9-1 LEC).
Trailing 2-0, Keene State scored it lone run in the opener in the top of the second inning on a double steal with sophomore Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H.) coming home.
The Huskies scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to go up 4-1.
Senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.) had three of the Owls' six hits in the game.
Freshman Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine) had two hits and an RBI for the Huskies.
Senior Spencer Hutchinson (Broad Brook, Conn.) started for the Owls and took the loss (1-2). He pitched into the second inning, allowing four runs on three hits with a strikeout and four walks. Freshman Alan Schiff (East Hartford, Conn.), the LEC's pitcher of the week, had another strong relief outing, tossing 5.2 innings of two hit ball with two strikeouts and one walk.
Junior Logan Carmen (Newfields, N.H.) picked up the win for USM, improving his record to 8-0. He gave up one run on six hits while fanning five and walking four batters.
The Huskies used the big inning to take down the Owls in the second game. Already leading 1-0, USM scored five runs in the second inning. Junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) had key, two out, two run single in the inning.
Southern Maine scored one more run in the fourth and eight more times in the fifth to go up 15-0. Chadwick had another two-run single and senior Zach Fernandes (Elliot, Maine) brought in two more runs with a single in the inning.
Keene State scored its only run of the game in the top of the sixth inning. Junior Nick Vita (Spofford, N.H.), who saw his 17 game hitting streak snapped in the first game, hit a solo home run to left field, his second of the season.
Chadwick went 3-5 with five RBIs for USM in the nightcap. Junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass.), Dexter and Fernandes each knocked in two runs.
Senior Chris Crutcher (Londonderry, N.H.) took the loss for KSC. His record drops to 2-3. Senior Ryan Yates (Norway, Maine), now 5-0, got the win for the Huskies.
Keene State is at Springfield College on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.).