KEENE, N.H.--Alan Schiff had his second consecutive solid start as the Keene State College baseball team earned a split of a Little East Conference doubleheader with Western Connecticut State University on Sunday at Owl Athletic Complex. The Owls won the opener 7-3 but fell in the nightcap 14-8.
- Keene State: 9-11, 1-3 LEC
- Western Connecticut State: 7-9, 2-2 LEC
- Keene State begins a stretch of three games in three days by hosting Western New England on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
- The Colonials are in action tomorrow at 3 p.m. on the road at Nichols College
How it Happened - Game One
- Christian Bourgea was 3-for-5 and Devin Springfield, Connor Longley, and Mac Struthers each had two hits in support of Schiff (2-0), who struck out six in seven innings of work, allowing three runs.
- Nick Nowak and Eddie Dionne each pitched an inning of scoreless relief.
- The Colonials managed just seven hits, and starter Craig Frobel (2-1) took the loss, giving up five runs in six innings, with four strikeouts and four walks.
- Frank Vartuli's RBI single to left gave the Colonials an early lead in the bottom of the first, but the Owls tied it in the third on Bourgea's RBI double and took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Dan Quinn.
- Springfield drew a bases loaded walk in the fifth inning for a 3-1 lead, and Longley singled in a pair of runs.
- Chris Callahan hit a two run homer in the sixth inning that cut it to 5-3, but Mac Struthers had an infield hit to knock in a run in the seventh and Joe Libby drove in another with a fielder's choice in the ninth.
- Dionne slammed the door shut in the final inning, striking out Tre' Gause to end the game.
How it Happened - Game Two
- Libby finished a homerun short of the cycle and Longley added three more hits, but the Owls bullpen could not hold the lead after KSC had come back from down 7-2. Six KSC relievers combined to allow 12 hits and 10 runs (six earned).
- Springfield gave the Owls a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI groundout, but the Colonials tied it in the bottom half when John Kelly stole home.
- WCSU added three more in third on another steal of home, this time from EJ Lavoie, an RBI double rom Nick Delotto, and a KSC error. Keene State got one back in the fourth on Vinny Parilla's RBI single up the middle.
- The lead stretched to 7-2 with RBI hits from Lavoie and Vartuli in the fourth and a fielder's choice off the bat of Jon Mages in the fifth. The KSC comeback began in the top of the sixth; the Owls send 11 batters to the plate, scoring all their runs in the inning with two outs.
- Abe Grainger and Parilla reached on consecutive fielder's choices, and both came around on an RBI triple from Libby. Mac Struther's singled in Libby, Trevor Chapin greeted reliever Shawn Nadeau with a single to center that scored Struthers. Longley beat out an infield single to third to tie the game, and the Colonials brought in Taylor Donofrio. Before he threw a pitch, he was charged with a balk that gave the Owls an 8-7 lead.
- The Colonials went back in front for good in the bottom of the sixth, as Callahan doubled in a run and Vartulli singled in two more off KSC reliever Michael McDermott.
- WCSU added four more in the seventh, taking advantage of two KSC errors in the inning. KSC mounted one last comeback in the top of the eighth when Longley doubled and Kolby Reggione singled him to third, but Donofrio got Grainger looking to end the inning.