Baseball Earns Split Of Extra Inning Games To Open Florida Trip

Baseball Earns Split Of Extra Inning Games To Open Florida Trip

AUBURNDALE, Fla.--Connor Longley singled in the game winning run to give the Keene State College baseball team a 9-8 win in nine innings over Gordon College on Friday as the Owls opened their Florida trip.  Keene State fell in the second game 8-7 in eight innings.

Records

  • Keene State: 1-2
  • Gordon: 1-1

How it Happened

The Owls got two hits each from Mac Struthers, Christian Bourgea, and Connor Longley.  KSC was down 7-1 in the sixth, but rallied to force extra innings.  Walks to Nate Rossi and Devin Springfield loaded the bases, and a balk and a wild pitch brought two runs home.  The bench gave Keene State a boost, as pinch runner Zach Rollins scored on a triple by pinch hitter Robbie Hamilton, and Tom Meucci and Mac Struthers both had RBI singles to make it a 7-6 game.

Another bat off the bench, pinch hitter Steve Martel, tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a sacrifice fly to center, and after Gordon had taken the lead in the top of the ninth, Martel doubled in Bourgea, and Longley singled in pinch runner Michael Bailey as KSC walked off with the win.

Starter Michael Crimi went 4.1 innings with four strikeouts.  Andrew Houde (1-1) earned the win with 1.2 innings of two hit relief.

The second game also went to extra innings, with Struthers having a three hit day and Kolby Reggione and Sam Czel adding two knocks apiece.  Keene State had taken a 5-3 lead on Reggione's RBI double, and he would later score on an error in the sixth inning.

Gordon grabbed three runs back on Christian Hodge's solo homer, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice flybut Reggione's RBI single tied the game at six in the top of the seventh inning.  Springfield tripled in Mac Struthers for a 7-6 lead in the top of the eighth, but Gordon walked off with the win when Alec Willey homered in the bottom half of the frame.

Houde (1-2) took the loss.  Alan Schiff started and strike out four in four innings.  Michael McDermott and Brian Vieira both saw time out of the pen for the Owls.

Around the Horn

  • The games were the first two meetings between the schools.
  • Keene State was 2-2 in extra inning games last season.
  • All three of KSC's games have been one run contests thus far this year. 

Up Next

  • Keene State is on the diamond again tomorrow, playing Vassar at A1 field in Sanford, Fla. at 3:30 p.m.
  • Gordon has a doubleheader with King's (Pa.) on March 11 at 9 a.m.