NEWPORT, R.I.--A return trip to the Ocean State was not as successful for the Keene State College baseball team, who fell to Salve Regina University 7-3 at Reynolds Field on Sunday afternoon.
- Keene State: 7-7
- Salve Regina: 10-2
How It Happened
The Owls were limited to seven hits. Freshman Andrew Houde (2-4) made his first career start and struck out three in six innings of work. Sophomore Brandon Heath tossed the final two innings with a pair of punchouts.
The Seahawks took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Dylan Ketch. Salve Regina added single runs in the third and fourth innings, and made it 5-0 in the on a 2-RBI double from John Militano. The lead increased to 7-0 in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single from Hunter Sleeper and a fielder's choice off the bat of Militano.
The Owls put up three runs in the top of the ninth. Designated hitter Christian Bourgea drew a one-out walk, and moved all the way to third on a wild pitch and a groundout before scoring on John Tarascio's single to left. Longley followed with a two-run shot to left field, but Tom Meucci flied out to left to end the game.
Patrick Maybach (2-0) struck out 10 in seven innings to pick up the win for Salve Regina.
Around the Horn
- Longley's homer was the first for the Owls this season, and third of his career. He and Tarascio are tied for third on the team with eight RBI each.
- Houde had made seven relief appearances before moving into the starter's role.
- Keene State is now 1-2 against schools from Rhode Island, with a defeat to Roger Williams University in Florida, and yesterday's win over Johnson & Wales. The Owls will return to the nation's smallest state this weekend for an LEC twinbill against Rhode Island College.
- Keene State remains on the road, heading to Trinity College (CT) on March 28 at 3:30 p.m.
- Salve Regina hosts Framingham State on March 29 at 3:30 p.m.