WORCESTER, Mass.--David Sevigny's first career home run and Brandon Heath's six innings of two-hit relief lifted the Keene State College baseball team to a season opening 8-3 win over Clark University at Granger Field on Tuesday.
- Keene State: 1-0
- Clark: 1-1
How it Happened
The Owls jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with three runs in the top of the first inning. With the bases loaded John Tarascio sent a long ball to right field for a sacrifice fly ball that scored Mac Suthers for the 1-0 lead.
Keene State sophomore Connor Walsh found a gap in left field to earn himself an RBI when Devin Springfield crossed home to give KeeneS tate a 2-0 advantage. A single to right field from junior Nate Rossi scored his classmate Connor Longley to finish the inning with the 3-0 lead.
Clark added two in the bottom of the first. Kyle Bonicki got things started for the Cougars when he doubled to left field. Junior Zach Kelley loaded the bases when he put the ball up the middle and a walk from freshman Kai Herko gave the hosts their first run as they trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the first with one out.
Sophomore Derek Lefebvre sent a sacrifice fly ball to right field that scored senior Teddy Downing and the Cougars trailed by just one run heading into the top of the second inning, 3-2.
The Owls added a run in the top of the third and two runs in the top of the fifth with RBIs from Christian Bourgea and Walsh to extend their lead to 6-3.
A two-run homerun from junior David Sevigny in the sixth inning sealed the deal for the Owls as they took home the ultimate 8-3 victory.
Walsh led the Owls going two-for-four at the plate while Sevigny went one-for-three with his homerun. Longley also had a pair of hits and Springfield walked twice.
Sophomore Shawn O'Donnell earned the win for Keene State pitching two innings with three earned runs and two strikeouts. Junior Brandon Heath pitched six innings, allowed just two hits, no runs scored, and struck out five batters.
Around the Horn
- Every member of the Owls' lineup reached base at least once, and seven batters had at least one hit.
- Sevigny's homer was also the first extra base hit of his career.
- Heath's five strikeouts represented a career high.
- Keene State travels to the Garden State for a doubleheader with The College of New Jersey on Saturday, March 3, at 11 a.m.
- The Cougars are also back in action on March 3, facing Penn State Abington in Lake Myrtle, Fla.