Baseball Picks Up Third Straight Win, Tops Framingham State

Tom Meucci (3) scored the winning run in the seventh inning.
Tom Meucci (3) scored the winning run in the seventh inning.

KEENE, N.H.--Freshman Tom Meucci scored on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving the Keene State College baseball team a 4-3 win over Framingham State University in the non-conference finale at Owl Athletic Complex on Friday afternoon.

Records

  • Keene State: 13-18
  • Framingham State: 14-20

Quotable

"It was a good day.  We had a nice win yesterday at Plymouth and we have two big ones tomorrow at Southern Maine, so it was a good way to get some guys a day off, knowing they were ready to play if we needed them.  The staff got some work today, and it was good to get them out there as well."  -- Head Coach Ken Howe

How It Happened

Framingham State took the lead in the opening frame, as Andrew Curtis doubled on the first pitch of the game and eventually came around on Cameron Borrelli's sacrifice fly to right.

The Owls took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second, as Abe Grainger reached on an error with one out, and moved to third on a single by Sam Czel and a wild pitch.  Meucci followed with a sacrifice fly to right, and Czel scored on another wild pitch to put the Owls in front.

Keene State added another run in the bottom of the fifth, as Zach Wullbrandt singled with one out, and came home on John Tarascio's triple to deep right.

The Rams scored twice in the seventh to tie it, as Robert Higgins' groundout brought in Anthony Herman, and Roy Goodman singled in Evan Nelson.

The Owls were back in front in the bottom of the inning, as Meucci led off with a single and stole second.  Meucci then stole third, and FSU catcher Kyle Dembrowski's throw sailed into left field, allowing Meucci to score the go-ahead run.

Framingham State had the tying run on third with two out in the top of eighth, but Nate Pedersen got Dembrowski to ground out to first base to get out the inning.  Jeff Lunn came on for the ninth, allowing a leadoff single to Herman, but setting the rest of the Rams down to pick up his second save of the season.

Keene State used eight different pitchers in the contest; Michael McDermott (2-0) earned the win. Kolby Reggione finished with two hits for Keene State.  

Around the Horn

  • KSC starter Brian Vieira and relievers Michael Wasserman, Jake Burbank and Steve Zadravec combined to retire 11 batters in a row from the first through fifth innings. 
  • Vieira became the eighth different starter for the Owls this season.
  • Every KSC starter but one reached base in the game.

Up Next

  • Keene State travels to the University of Southern Maine for a noon doubleheader on Saturday, April 29.
  • The Rams host Bridgewater State in a MASCAC twinbill that begins at 1 p.m. on the same day.