AUBURNDALE, Fla.--The Keene State College bullpen threw 7.2 innings of three hit relief and the Owls offense had 18 hits in a 13-8 win over Stockton University (N.J.) at Lake Myrtle Field No. 3 on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 6-6
- Stockton: 6-6
How It Happened
Sophomore David Sevigny marked his first career start by batting 4-for-6 and scoring twice. Mac Struthers had three hits and two RBI, and Tom Meucci had three hits and scored three times. Christian Bourgea had two hits and drove in four runs, while Devin Springfield and Connor Walsh each had two hits.
It was a come-from-behind effort for the Owls, who trailed 6-0 after two innings. Joe Pipher doubled the Ospreys into the lead in the bottom of the first, and Stockton used a five run second inning to take a big lead. Nick LaPorta scored on an error, and Stephen Edelstein had a bases clearing triple before scoring on another error.
The Owls began to chip away, scoring twice in the top of the third. Struthers led off with a single and moved into scoring position when Nathan Rossi was hit by a pitch. Bourgea doubled in a run, and Rossi scored on a passed ball. Sevigny and Mucci led off the fourth with back-to-back singles, and Sam Czel was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Bourgea came through again, singling in two runs to make it a 6-4 game.
Bourgea added another RBI in the sixth inning, with a sacrifice fly to center that brought home Struthers, but Stockton restored a two run lead on Edelstein's RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
KSC blew the game open in the top of the seventh, scoring six times and sending 10 batters to the plate. Walsh, Meucci, and Sevigny starting the inning with singles to load the bases, and pinch hitter Steve Martel drew a walk to force in a run. Struthers singled to bring around Meucci to tie the game, and Rossi drew another bases loaded walk to give the Owls their first lead of the game at 8-7.
A two run error by Stockton made it 10-7, and Springfield singled in another run for a four run lead. DiPaola had an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, but the Owls kept Stockton at bay with an RBI double from Struthers in the eighth, and another RBI double, this one off the bat of John Tarascio in the ninth.
Around the Horn
- Bourgea and Struthers extended their hitting streaks to 10 games each.
- Sevigny became the first KSC player with a four hit game this season.
- Houde has already appeared in seven of KSC's 12 games this season.
- The Owls return to New England, where they are scheduled to host Johnson & Wales (R.I.) on March 25 at 1 p.m.