Baseball Snaps Three Game Skid With 7-3 Win Over Clark

Mac Struthers (6) was 3-for-5 with an RBI infield single.
Mac Struthers (6) was 3-for-5 with an RBI infield single.

KEENE, N.H.--Four Keene State pitchers combined to allow just eight hits as the Keene State College baseball team took a 7-3 win over Clark (Mass.) University at Owl Athletic Complex on Monday afternoon.

Records

  • Keene State: 11-18
  • Clark: 26-11

Quotable

"I thought we played well today.  We got some pitchers on the mound again and swung the bats pretty well.  We got some key hits (in the fifth) and we'd been harping on that a bit.  It was good to see Rossi get a couple hits; he's been playing excellent defense behind the plate and been making good contact with nothing to show for it, so it was good for him to get a couple doubles."--Head Coach Ken Howe

How It Happened

Mac Struthers and Zach Rollins both went 3-for-5 and scored a run.  Nate Rossi had two doubles and an RBI, while John Tarascio drove in two runs and scored two.

The game was scoreless until the fourth, when Clark's Jake Vera drove in Zach Kelly with a double down the left field line that just dropped into fair territory.  Keene State responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning, as Rossi roped a one-out double, moved to third on Tom Meucci's flyout, and scored on Struthers' infield single.

The Owls went in front for good in the sixth.  Tarascio reached on a dropped third strike, and stole second.  Rossi followed with a hard grounder to first base, but Clark pitcher Cam Smith was unable to handle the throw to first and Tarascio scored all the way from second.

Keene State sent 10 batters to the plate in the seventh, scoring five times to break the game open.  Singles by Struthers and Rollins set the table for Devin Springfield, who singled in Struthers to make it 3-1, and Christian Bourgea picked up an RBI with a double to deep left-center.  Tarascio brought in two more with a single to center field, and scored on Rossi's double down the left field line.

Clark added two runs in the eighth on an RBI double from Kyle Bonicki and Kelley's RBI groundout, but would not score again.  Reliever Michael McDermott allowed a leadoff single to Derek Lefevbre open the ninth, but set the Cougars down in order to end the game.

Brandon Heath (2-2) picked up the win, allowing three hits in four innings of relief.  Noah Rizio, Brian Vieira, and McDermott combined to allow five hits in the remaining five innings.  

Around the Horn

  • Rollins' day at the plate boosted his average to .300, an improvement of 20 points.  Keene State had 14 hits as a team, tying the second most they've had in a game this season.  The Owls also had 14 hits against both Rhode Island College and Western Connecticut State.
  • The game marked the third time this year that Keene State did not commit an error.
  • Devin Springfield moved into the third spot in the batting order; Keene State is now 3-3 when he bats third in the lineup.



Up Next

  • Keene State heads to Plymouth State University on Tuesday afternoon for a key LEC contest.  First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.
  • Clark closes out its regular season by hosting Worcester State University on Wednesday at 2 p.m.