WAYNE, N.J.--The Keene State College baseball team fell in both halves of a doubleheader to William Paterson University, 5-1 and 11-5, in non-conference action on Sunday.
- Keene State: 1-2
- William Paterson: 3-2
How it Happened
Pioneers' starter Corey Martinez scattered three hits over 5.1 innings to shut down the Owls' offense in the opener. William Paterson got all the runs they would need on a 2-RBI double by Vin Dorio in the second, and an RBI single in the same frame from Jorge Solodkin.
Keene State broke up the shutout when Christian Bourgea cranked a solo home run to right field in the fourth inning. William Paterson extended the lead to 5-1 when Solodkin drove in a pair of runs with a single down the left field line in the eighth inning. The Owls put runners at second and third in the top of the ninth when Devin Springfield singled to center field and Connor Longley drew a walk. Bourgea tapped out to first base to move the runners up, but Connor Walsh struck out and John Tarascio grounded out to third base to end the game.
Shawn O'Donnell (0-1) took the loss, striking out four in 3.2 innings of work. Brandon Heath allowed four hits in 3.2 innings of work, and Connor Johnson tossed the final 0.2 innings for KSC. Springfield was the only KSC player with more than one hit.
KSC spotted WPU three runs in the bottom of the first inning in the nightcap, with an RBI infield single from Carson Weis, a double-steal, and an error, and tacked on a fourth run in third inning courtesy of an RBI single from Matt Ferrara. Keene State tied the game with a four run rally in the top of the fifth inning. David Sevigny reached on an error and Mac Struthers drew a walk. Springfield's flyout to center moved Sevigny to third, and Longley was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
That set the table for Bourgea, who doubled down the right field line to bring in a pair of unearned run and cut the lead in half. After Walsh walked to re-load the bases, Abe Grainger came through with a single down the left field line, scoring Bourgea and Longley and tying the score.
William Paterson came back with five runs in the sixth inning, with an RBI single from Solodkin and a bases clearing triple from Carlos Perez. Weis tripled to left that made it 9-4. The Owls pulled one back when pinch hitter Ryan Linehan walked, and pinch runner Tim O'Halloran moved into scoring position when Springfield was hit by a pitch. Longley drove in a run with a single to left, but the Owls left two on when Bourgea struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Pioneers added two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to set the final score. Andrew Houde (0-1) was saddled with the loss, tossing 5.1 innings as KSC's starter and striking out four. Steven Zadravec, Isaac Keehn, Dylan Bogacz, and Tyler Fitzgerald all saw time out of the pen.
Around the Horn
- Bourgea's home run was the ninth of his career, leaving him just outside the top 10 on KSC's career list. Geoff Sylvester '96 and Kelly Charbono '02 sit in 10th place, having both hit 12 over the course of their respective careers.
- This was the first meeting between the two teams since splitting a doubleheader in 2016; The Pioneers took the opener 2-1 before KSC won 8-6 in the nightcap.
- Through two relief appearances (9.2 innings) this season, Heath has as many strikeouts (seven) as he did in 15.1 innings last season.
- Keene State heads south for a set of 10 games in eight days in Florida. The trip begins with a doubleheader against Anderson University (Ind.) on March 9 at 3:15 p.m.
- William Paterson heads to Farmingdale State for a single game on March 7 at 3:30 p.m.