AUBURNDALE, Fla.--Illinois Wesleyan plated two runs in the top of the ninth to take a 10-8 win over Keene State College at Lake Myrtle Field No. 8 on Sunday.
- Keene State: 1-4
- Illinois Wesleyan: 6-1
- "I can't really be upset with out the offense is going, we just need to make a few more plays in the field. We're young and only going to get better." --Head Coach Ken Howe
How It Happened
Tom Meucci and Connor Longley each drove in three runs, while Christian Bourgea and Devin Springfield both had a pair of hits. Kolby Reggione reached base five times with a hit, a walk and was hit by a pitch three times. Noah Rizio started and allowed five runs in two innings, and Nate Pedersen relieved and struck out six in 5.2 innings, allowing just one earned run.
Brian Vieira took the loss (0-1), allowing two hits and two runs in 1.1 innings of work.
Jarrod Juskiewicz gave the Titans an early lead with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Pat Mollo made it 3-0 with a two run homer in the next frame, but the Owls got on the board as Springfield singled, and Reggione and Longley walked to load the bases. Meucci delivered a pair of runs with a single, and Sam Czel tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center.
Illinois Wesleyan took the lead right back with a pair of runs in the third, but Keene State again tied it in the bottom of the inning. Nathan Rossi drew a leadoff walk, and Springfield singled. Reggione was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Longley brought in two runs with a single.
Longley gave the Owls their first lead of the game when he drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth. Meucci made it 7-5 with a sacrifice fly to center. The Owls tacked on another run in the sixth when Reggione was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Titans tied the game in the eighth, as John Bosco doubled in Mollo, and Nick Figus scored on an error. Houghton knotted the score with a sacrifice fly to center. Keene State had a chance to re-take the lead in the bottom of the eighth when pinch runner Robbie Hamilton stole second, but Longley struck out to end the threat. Mollo doubled in the winning run in the top of the ninth, and Gino Cavalieri added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly.
Jim O'Brien set the Owls down in order in the bottom of the ninth, striking out pinch hitter John Tarascio to end the game.
Around the Horn
- It was the first Keene State game this season that did not go to extra innings, or that was decided by one run.
- Pedersen lowered his ERA to 2.45. It was the 30th appearance of his career.
- Bourgea is now just 15 hits away from 100 for his career.
- The Owls' Florida swing continues with a single game against Becker College on March 13 at 12:45 p.m.