Baseball Stunned By Late Plymouth State Comeback

Andrew Houde struck out six in 6.2 innings of relief.
Andrew Houde struck out six in 6.2 innings of relief.

KEENE, N.H.--Visiting Plymouth State University scored six times in the top of the ninth inning for an 11-10 come-from-behind win over Keene State College in a Little East Conference game at Owl Athletic Complex Tuesday afternoon.

Records

  • Keene State: 10-16, 3-4 LEC
  • Plymouth State: 11-11, 3-4 LEC

How It Happened

Zach Rollins, Connor Longley, Christian Bourgea, John Tarascio, and Devin Springfield each had two hits, while Springfield and Nate Rossi each had two RBI.

The Owls took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Mac Struthers and Rollins opened with back-to-back walks, and Struthers moved to third on on a flyout to center before scoring while Rollins was caught in a rundown between first and second.

The Panthers hit back with four runs in the top of the second, as Ryan Boldwin drew a walk and moved to third on a double from Nate Frederick.  Jarek Krajewski then hit a three run over over the trees in right field.  Cam Ruziak later came around on a wild pitch for a 4-1 lead.

Keene State grabbed another run in the second on an RBI single from Tom Meucci, and tied the game in the third when Rollins and Longley scored on consecutive wild pitches.  The Owls, who had scored in each of the first three innings, were kept off the board until the fifth when they loaded the bases.  Connor Walsh reached on an error, and Tarascio and Springfield singled before Rossi drew a bases loaded walk to put the Owls back in front.

A fielder's choice from Springfield in the seventh made it 6-4, but the Panthers made it a one run game on Luke Mancini's sacrifice fly to center in the top of the eighth.   Keene State appeared to put the game out of sight with four runs in the bottom of the eighth.  Longley and Springfield had RBI doubles in the inning, while Tarascio had an RBI fielder's choice and Rossi an RBI single that made it 10-5.

The Panthers began the comeback by opening the top of the ninth with five singles and a walk to bring in four runs.  Ruziak's bunt attempt with the two runners on was fielded by KSC reliever Jeff Lunn, whose throw to third base sailed into foul territory, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

PSU reliever Dave Sampson set the Owls down in order in the bottom of the ninth.

The loss spoiled a fantastic relief effort from Andrew Houde, who came out of the bullpen to throw 6.2 innings of four hit relief, striking out six and allowing one run.  Lunn (1-1) took the loss, while Dallas DeFrancesco (1-1) earned the win for the Panthers.  Sampson earned his first save of the season.

Around the Horn

  • Keene State had a two game home winning streak to Plymouth State snapped.  The Owls had defeated the Panthers at home in each of the last two seasons.
  • Bourgea had his team high 12th multi-hit game of the season.  Of those 12 games, 11 have come with exactly two hits.  
  • Longley extended his hitting streak to a team best eight games.



Up Next

  • Keene State steps out of LEC play for a road game at Westfield State University on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
  • The Panthers return to the field on Thursday when they visit Rivier at 7:05 p.m.