KEENE, N.H.--The Keene State College baseball team closed out the season with a split of a Little East Conference doubleheader against UMass Dartmouth on Senior Day at Owl Athletic Complex. The Owls took the opener 2-1, before falling in the second game 7-5.
- Keene State: 17-21, 5-9 LEC
- UMass Dartmouth: 17-21, 7-7 LEC
- The Owls were eliminated from contention for an LEC tourney berth with the loss. KSC had needed to sweep and get some help from around the league. Between games, the Owls honored seniors Cody Dube, Billy Hartmann, Joe Libby, Vinny Parilla, Keith Simpson, Eddie Dionne, Kevin Guild, and Dustin Howe, as well as student assistant coach Chris Lekkas and broadcaster Brian Clemmenson.
- The Corsairs will head to next week's LEC tournament at UMass Boston, and will be the No. 3 seed.
How It Happened - Game One
- In his final game as an Owl, Cody Dube (3-3) served up a masterclass pitching performance. He struck out a career high 15 and did not walk a batter, allowing one extra base hit and one unearned run. Kolby Reggione and Christian Bourgea each drove in a run for Keene State.
- The Owls staked Dube to a 1-0 lead in the third when Connor Longley drew a lead off walk, moved up on a wild pitch, and scored on Reggione's single up the middle. The Owls made it 2-0 when Billy Hartmann singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and scored on Bourgea's double to right-center.
- Dube was simply outstanding, lowering his ERA to 1.20 and coming three strikeouts short of the single game school record. The senior struck out three in the first, two in the second, fourth, fifth, and ninth. He finishes the year with 84 strikeouts are the second highest single season total in KSC history. Only Bill Williams, who had 109 in 2000, had more in a single year.
- UMass Dartmouth cut the lead in half on Erick Ramirez' RBI double in the top of the seventh, but would not score again. Dube retired the final six batters of the game, striking out Brandon Polignone to end the game.
How It Happened - Game Two
- UMass Dartmouth never trailed, getting a three run homer from Ramirez to back starter Sean Callahan (4-3). KSC starter Alan Schiff (2-2) lasted just three innings, allowing five runs.
- Singles from Jose Vasquez and Connor Shaw set the table for Ramirez, who hit his third homer of the year to deep left. Keene State cut the lead to 3-2 with a lead off single from Trevor Chapin, who came around on a triple from Devin Springfield. An error on the throw in sent Springfield home.
- The Corsairs added two more runs in the top of the third, with an RBI double from Taylor Cacciola, who would eventually score himself on a wild pitch.
- The Owls loaded the bases in the bottom of the third with consecutive singles from Mac Struthers, Joe Libby, and Billy Hartmann. Bourgea brought in one run on a fielder's choice, but Chapin hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
- UMD increased the lead to 7-3 in the fifth. Cacciola doubled and eventually scored on another wild pitch. Vasquez brought Mac Curran with a sacrifice fly to left.
- Callahan made way for Benjamin Lodge to open the bottom of the seventh, and was greeted by consecutive singles from Connor Longley and Kolby Reggione. Libby singled in Longley, and an error on the play allowed Reggione to scored to make it a 7-5 game. Libby moved up to third on a wild pitch, but was left 90 feet away when Bourgea grounded out to second.
- The Owls could not get anything else going, and UMD closer Matt Cronin earned his sixth save by striking out Reggione and Mac Struthers, and ending the game by getting Libby to foul out to left.
- Eddie Dionne pitched 4.2 innings of relief without allowing a run and striking out five.