Baseball Swept By Beacons, 3-1 and 7-1

Michael Crimi went 8.2 innings, striking out seven, in game one.
Michael Crimi went 8.2 innings, striking out seven, in game one.

KEENE, N.H.--The Keene State College baseball team was defeated by UMass Boston in both games of a Little East Conference doubleheader, 3-1 and 7-1, at Owl Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.

Records

  • Keene State: 10-18, 3-6 LEC
  • UMass Boston: 21-9, 6-3 LEC

How it Happened - Game One

Keene State managed just six hits, despite another strong outing from starter Michael Crimi.

The Beacons scored all their runs in the fourth, getting an RBI fielder's choice from Charlie Heugi and a 2-run single from Dan Mantoni.

Keene State got on the board in bizarre circumstances in the eighth inning.  Zach Rollins led off with a single, and Connor Longley launched a deep fly to right.  UMass Boston outfielder Danny Brown made a leaping attempt at the ball, and in the confusion over whether he had caught it, Longley was adjudged to have passed Rollins on the basepaths, negating what would have been a two-run homer and instead turning it into an RBI single.

KSC had the tying run at the plate with two out in the ninth after pinch-hitter David Sevigny was hit by a pitch, but Mac Struthers bounced into a fielder's choice to end the game.

Rollins and Longley finished with two hits for Keene State.  Crimi (4-2) took the loss, striking out seven in 8.2 innings of work.

How it Happened - Game Two

The Owls strung together 10 hits, but left 13 runners on in the second game.

A balk and a fielder's choice brought in two runs in the second for UMass Boston, which added two more on an RBI triple from Nick Herzog.

The Owls had the bases loaded with two out in the sixth, but Nate Rossi struck out to end the threat.  

Tom Muecci walked and scored on Rollins' single in the seventh.  Longley followed with a walk, but Connor Walsh grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

UMass Boston added three more runs in the eighth on a wild pitch and an error.

Tim Coppinger (0-4) took the loss, allowing four runs in three innings of work.  Nate Pedersen scattered four hits in 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Longley and Christian Bourgea both had three hits for Keene State.

 

Around the Horn

  • Crimi retired 12 in a row at one point, setting down 12 Beacons in a row from the fifth inning until Charlie Heugi's single in the ninth.  
  • Pedersen ran his scoreless streak to 8.2 innings, lowering his ERA to 1.40.
  • The Owls also left nine baserunners in the first game, for a total of 22 on the day.


Up Next

  • Keene State hosts Clark (Mass.) in a non-conference game on Monday at 3:30 p.m.
  • The Beacons are off until Tuesday, when they host the University of Southern Maine in an LEC game that starts at 3 p.m.