KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Keene State College baseball team scored seven of the last eight runs, but it was not enough to overcome an early 7-1 deficit as the Owls fell to Worcester State University 13-11 on Monday morning at Osceola Heritage Park Field No. 1.
- Keene State: 1-4
- Worcester State: 2-2
How It Happened
Sam Czel had a double, triple and four runs batted in as part of a 3-for-6 effort, while Connor Longley went 3-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI, a run scored and a walk. Tom Meucci also had three hits in four trips to the plate, scoring three runs and driving in one. He also walked, one of nine free passes the Owls drew in the game. Michael Ferrara went 4-for-6 with two doubles for Worcester State, and teammate Sam Allen went 2-for-5 with five runs batted in.
KSC used eight pitchers on the day and fell into a 7-1 hole three and a half innings in. The Lancers took a 4-0 lead in the top of the second on the strength of four singles and a double steal, but KSC did get a run back in the bottom half after Longley doubled home John Tarascio. Leading 4-1, WSU piled on in the fourth with a two-out rally, as a single, triple and double in succession scored three and made it a six-run game. The Owls retaliated immediately through Longley again, as he scored Walsh and moved Tyler Gammie to third with a one-out RBI single. A sac fly from David Sevigny and a single to left from Meucci scored two more, and it was a 7-4 game after four. KSC struggled to keep the Lancers off the board, though, as a single run in the fifth and four in the sixth provided WSU breathing room. The big blow in the latter frame was a bases-clearing double by Allen.
An RBI double from Czel in the bottom of the sixth was part of a two-run frame that made it 12-6, and KSC drew even closer in the seventh. Tarascio walked to lead things off and eventually moved to third after Longley's single up the middle. A double play followed, but a run-scoring double from Sevigny and a walk from Meucci kept the inning alive ahead of Czel's two-run double to left that made it 12-9 after seven. Keene State allowed just a two-out single in the top of the eighth and followed it up by putting the tying run on base with one out in their half of the inning, but an infield popup and fly ball to left ended the threat. The Lancers tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth after Ferrara doubled and scored on Andrew Miller's base hit, and it proved to be important, as the Owls were not done in the bottom of the ninth. Meucci reached on an error and then scored on Czel's triple to the right center gap. Struthers then plated Czel with a grounder, making it 13-11, but a routine fly to right ended KSC's hopes.
Around the Horn
- The Owls have scored double-digit runs twice in the last three games and have scored 34 in five games this season while hitting .312.
- Czel has a team-leading eight runs batted in and five extra-base hits (two doubles, one triple, two home runs).
- KSC has five players hitting .294 or better in the early going this season (Czel, Gammie, Meucci, Tarascio and Longley).
- After a day off, Keene State returns to action on Wednesday, March 13 with a doubleheader against Franklin & Marshall College. The two seven-inning contests begin at 4:30 pm in Winter Haven, Fla.
- Worcester State has a single game against SUNY Polytechnic tomorrow, March 12, at 11:00 am in Auburndale, Fla.