KEENE, N.H. 5/3/13 – Eastern Conn. State University posted a pair of come-from-behind wins against Keene State College in a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader played at Owl Athletic Complex on Friday. The two losses spoiled Senior Day for the Owls.
Trailing 10-8 going in the top of the ninth inning, The Warriors (28-11-1, 10-4 LEC) scored five runs to take the first game 13-11. ECSU rallied for a 6-3 victory in the night cap.
With the two losses, Keene State (18-21, 7-7 LEC) will be the third seed in the LEC six-team double-elimination tournament that begins Wednesday at Southern Maine. The Owls will face fourth seed UMass-Boston in their opening-round game (3:30 p.m.). With the sweep, Eastern Conn. will be the second seed and face fifth seed UMass-Dartmouth in its opening round game (12 p.m.).
Keene State couldn't hold on to several leads in a wild first game. Trailing 3-0, the Owls scored four runs in the bottom of the second to go up 4-3. Sophomore Tanner Luopa (Keen, N.H.) and senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.) had RBI hits and freshman Cody Dube (Windham, N.H.) had a two-run double in the inning.
KSC added two more runs in the third to extend its lead to 6-3. Luopa had a RBI single in the inning.
Without the benefit of a hit, the Owls plated two more runs in the sixth to make it an 8-5 game.
The Warriors scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning, tying the score at eight-all. Seniors Mike Riemer (Ellington, Conn.) and Drew Accomando (Monroe, Conn.) had key RBI hits for ECSU.
The Owls got the runs back in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead 10-8. Sophomore Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H.) brought in both run on an infield grounder when two Warrior fielders collided.
KSC couldn't hold the lead in the ninth. Junior Brendan Lynch (Wethersfield, Conn.) and Accomando each two-run RBI hits in the ninth inning rally.
Lynch and Accomando each had three hits and three RBIs for Eastern. Junior Mike Vaccarelli (Walcott, Conn.) also had three hits in the game.
Junior Vinnie Mangiagli (East Hartford, Conn.) the fourth of five Owl pitchers took the loss for KSC.
Senior Matt Purnell (Stafford Springs, Conn.) picked up the win for Eastern.
In the second game, KSC took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a RBI double by Bates. After ECSU tied the game in the top of the fourth, KSC go the run back in the bottom of the inning on an infield throwing error.
The Warriors scored three runs in the fifth to go up 4-2. Lynch and Riemer had RBI hits in the inning.
KSC made it a one run game (4-3) in the bottom of the sixth when freshman Billy Hartmann (Greenland, N.H.) led off with a single and came around to score on an error.
The Warriors scored two insurance runs in the ninth. Riemer had an RNI single and senior Joe Balowski (Berlin, Conn.) had an RBI double.
Vita had two more hits in the second game for the Owls.
Riemer had four hits and two RBIs to lead the Warriors.
Junior Dan Osorio (Manchester, N.H.) was the losing pitcher for KSC. Senior Evan Chamberlain (Amston, Conn.) got the win for Eastern while Purnell picked up his ninth save of the season.