Bourgea's Blast Powers Keene State Past Plymouth State

Christian Bourgea (7) hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning.
Christian Bourgea (7) hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning.

PLYMOUTH, N.H.--Junior Christian Bourgea hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the eighth inning to lead the Keene State College baseball team a 5-3 Little East Conference win over Plymouth State University at Panther Park on Thursday afternoon.

Records

  • Keene State: 12-18, 4-6 LEC
  • Plymouth State: 15-15, 3-7 LEC

How it Happened

Bourgea, Connor Longley, and Zach Rollins all went deep for Keene State, which got a solid start from Andrew Houde and the first relief appearance of the year from Michael Crimi.

Mac Struthers drew a leadoff walk to open the game, and Longley brought him in with his third home run of the season for a 2-0 lead.

The Panthers got on the board in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly from James Garnett, but Keene State restored a two run advantage when Rollins clubbed a solo homer to left-center for his third longball of the season.

Plymouth State scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, with Jarek Krajewski having an RBI double in the fourth and Nate Frederick singling in a run in the sixth to tie it.  

Bourgea put the Owls in front for good in the top of the eighth, hitting a one-out homer to right field.   Keene State added an insurance run in the top of the ninth, as Rollins and Longley singled with two outs, and Connor Walsh singled through the right side to bring Rollins around.

Houde went the first 6.2 innings, striking out five and allowing just six hits.  Crimi came out of the 'pen for the first time this season and tossed 2.1 innings of no-hit ball to improve to 5-2.

Longley finished 3-for-5 with two RBI, while Rollins was 2-for-5 and scored twice.

Around the Horn

  • The three home runs gave the Owls 12 as a team this season, the most since the 2012 team hit 23.  Rollins and Longley lead the way with three each, while Bourgea and John Tarascio have two apiece and Devin Springfield and Sam Czel both have one.
  • Crimi's five wins this season are as many has he had in his first three seasons combined.  He now has 132 strikeouts in his career, the ninth highest single season total in school history.  He's currently five behind Guy Harrington (1994-97) and six behind Keith Kraft (1998-00) on the KSC charts.
  • Keene State and Plymouth State split the series for the third year in a row.  The Owls had not won in Plymouth since a 3-0 victory on April 16, 2013.

Up Next

  • Keene State ends the non-conference portion of the schedule by hosting Framingham State on Friday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Plymouth State travels to UMass Boston for an LEC doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at noon.