PROVIDENCE, R.I.--Senior Michael Crimi tossed seven innings of four-hit ball with 11 strikeouts as the Keene State College baseball team picked up a 5-2 win over Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) at the Scotts-Miracle Grow Complex on Saturday.
- Keene State: 7-6
- Johnson & Wales: 4-4
How it Happened
Connor Longley marked his return to the lineup with three hits, and Nathan Rossi had two.
The Owls and Wildcats traded runs in the second inning. Longley was hit by a pitch with one out, and took second on a wild pitch. He moved up a further 90 feet on David Sevigny's groundout, and came around on Tom Meucci's single to left field.
Ivan Reyes tied the game for the Wildcats with an RBI single to right, and Johnson & Wales took the lead in the third when they loaded the bases and Lou Umberto scored on a wild pitch.
Crimi (2-0) had the Wildcats off balance all day, striking out Greg Joubert and Reyes in the fourth, and getting a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double-play when he struck out Dave Matthews, and Rossi caught Umberto trying to steal third base in the fifth.
Christian Bourgea's sacrifice fly to right brought in Mac Struthers to tie the score at two in the fifth inning. Crimi struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth, and the Owls took the lead in the bottom of the eighth, when pinch hitter John Tarascio drove in a run with an RBI single to right, and Meucci scored on an error.
The Owls added an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Devin Springfield scored on an error.
Jeff Lunn came in for his first appearance of the year and set the Wildcats down in order in the eighth, then worked out of a jam in the ninth by striking out Rob Ballinger to end the game after Johnson & Wales had the tying run at the plate.
Around the Horn
- Crimi's 11 Ks were one short of his career high, set against New England College on March 17, 2016.
- Lunn earned his first career save.
- Both KSC pitchers were effective and efficient; Crimi needed just 98 pitches to make it through seven ninnings, while Lunn needed only 37 to get through two.
- The Owls head back to Rhode Island, facing Salve Regina on Sunday, March 26, at 1 p.m.
- The Wildcats remain at home, welcoming Eastern Connecticut State University for a 1 p.m. start on Sunday afternoon.