GORHAM, Maine--No. 25 Southern Maine took both ends of a Little East Conference doubleheader from visiting Keene State College, 9-3 and 11-8 at the USM Baseball Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 13-20, 4-8 LEC
- Southern Maine: 24-8, 11-1 LEC
How it Happened - Game One
Sam Stauble's fielder's choice gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the first inning, a lead that increased to 4-0 in the second on a bunt single from Devin Warren and a 2-RBI hit by Andrew Olszak.
Sam Czel opened the top of the third by reaching on a bunt single, and scored all the way from first on Tom Meucci's double to right-center. Meucci took third on Mac Struthers' single to left, and scored on a wild pitch, before Struthers scored on Connor Walsh's sacrifice fly to center that made it 4-3.
The Owls had a chance to tie it in the fourth as Tarascio singled and stole second before Nate Rossi reached on a fielder's choice, but Meucci hit into a 6-4-3 inning ending double play.
Zack Quintal singled and scored on an error in the fourth, while Warren added another RBI in the fifth. Southern Maine added three more runs in the seventh on a bases loaded walk and a 2-RBI single from Quintal.
Michael Crimi (5-3) took the loss, going 4.2 innings with three strikeouts. Nate Pedersen allowed three unearned runs in two innings of relief, and Steven Zadravec was perfect over the final 1.1 innings.
How it Happened - Game Two
The Huskies overcame two homers by Bourgea by scoring six times in the bottom of the seventh to erase a 7-5 deficit and take an 11-8 win.
USM had scored twice in the first and once more in the second, but the Owls erased the deficit with a five run third inning. Singles from Meucci and Struthers opened the frame, and Connor Longley doubled down the left field line to bring them both in. After Connor Walsh walked, Bourgea powered his third home run of the year to right-center for a 5-3 lead.
Warren's single through the right side in the third cut the lead to 5-4, and Dylan Hapworth tied the game with an RBI double in the fourth.
Czel beat out an infield hit to open the sixth, and stole second before moving to third on Meucci's flyout to left. Rollins drew a walk, and Longley tripled to deep right to put the Owls back in front 7-5 in the sixth.
Senior Alan Schiff got Stauble to hit into a 1-6-3 double-play to end the sixth, but the Huskies sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game on Paul McDonough's two-run homer and taking advantage of a KSC error.
Keene State pulled one run back in the top of the ninth when Bourgea homered for the second time in the game and fourth time in his career against USM, but Tarascio grounded out to short to end the game.
- Keene State sits in the sixth and final LEC playoff berth heading into next Friday's doubleheader at home against Eastern Connecticut State. The Owls sit one game in front of Plymouth State and half-a-game ahead of Western Connecticut State.
- Keene State will need to take at least one of the two games against the Warriors, and may need to take both to secure their first LEC tournament spot since 2013.
- The Owls, as mentioned, will host Eastern Connecticut State University on Friday, May 5, at noon. Seniors Alan Schiff, Tim Coppinger, Zach Rollins, Michael Crimi, Robbie Hamilton, Jeff Lunn, and Nate Pedersen will all be honored on Senior Day.
- The Huskies are back in action on Sunday, hosting Western New England at 1 p.m. in a non-conference tilt.