GORHAM, Maine--The 2017 season came to an end for the No. 6 seed Keene State College baseball team with a 6-3 loss to No. 2 seed and No. 22 UMass Boston at Flaherty Field at the University of Southern Maine in the Little East Conference tournament on Friday.
- Keene State: 15-23
- UMass Boston: 31-10
How it Happened
Keene State was held to four hits through the first six innings against Beacons' starter Matt Tulley.
KSC starter Andrew Houde (2-5) got out of trouble with the bases loaded in the first inning, getting Nick Herzog to hit into a 1-6-3 double play, but the Owls left them loaded in the bottom half of the inning when David Sevigny struck out.
UMass Boston went in front in the third inning when Charlie Huegi doubled down the left field line and scored on Kylie Boudrias' infield single. KSC right fielder Connor Longley prevented any more damage by throwing Boudrias out at the plate to end the inning after a single from Herzog.
Sevigny led off the fourth with a single to left and moved up on a passed ball. Tom Meucci walked and Nate Rossi was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Sevigny scored on Mac Struthers' RBI groundout to third to knot the score at one.
The Beacons took the lead back in the fifth on an RBI double from Boudrias, a sacrifice fly from Chris Fowler, and another RBI double, this one from Herzog. UMB added two more in the sixth when Heugi scored on a passed ball and an RBI groundout from Dan Mantoni.
It remained 6-1 until the bottom of the eighth when John Tarascio opened the inning with a double to right, and Connor Walsh followed with his first collegiate home run to left to cut the deficit in half. Beacons' reliever Chris Munro came on to retired the next three KSC batters. After a scoreless top of the ninth, Munro again set the Owls down in order to end the game.
Houde finished with a pair of strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work. Jeff Lunn came out of the bullpen to work 1.1 innings and allowed one run, and Michael Wasserman finished out the game with 3.1 innings of four hit relief, notching four strikeouts.
Around the Horn
- The Beacons were also facing elimination, having falling to UMass Dartmouth earlier in the day, 8-7. The game was stopped due to darkness on Thursday night, before the Corsairs earned the walk-off win on Friday morning.
- Walsh's home run made him the eighth different player for the Owls to go deep this season; he finishes his rookie year with a team leading 28 RBI.
- The loss was the final game for KSC seniors Zach Rollins, Alan Schiff, Robbie Hamilton, Nate Pedersen, Tim Coppinger, Jeff Lunn, and Michael Crimi.
- The Owls, who return seven starters for 2018, see their season come to an end.
- The Beacons will play against No. 3 seed UMass Dartmouth at 3:30 on Friday, needing another win to stay alive in the LEC tournament.