'PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island College and Keene State College split a doubleheader in collegiate baseball action. RIC is 10-7-1 overall and 1-1 in the Little East Conference. The Owls are 2-10 overall and 1-1 in the LEC.
Keene State pounded RIC 10-2 in the first game. Mike MAeur (Warwick, R.I.) went 5-6 with three RBI and one home run. Travis Muckle (Bennington, Vt. was 2-4 with one run and two RBI. Buzzy Francis (Bedford, N.H.)improved to 1-3, hurling six innings with five strikeouts. The Owls scored three runs in the fifth inning that included a two-run home run from Nick Bujeaud (Lincoln, N.H.). KSC added five more in the seventh with MAeuar conncting for a three-run blast. John Botelho took the loss for RIC, falling to 2-2 on the season.
The Anchormen exploded for six runs in the eighth inning for a come-from-behind 8-6 win in game two. Mike Luke and Brian Peer had key RBI singles in the rally. Eric Gibree was 3-3 with one home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Jim Milano improved to 2-1, picking up the win in a relief effort. MAeur, who had eight straight hits in the twinbill, had three more hits for KSC in the nightcap. KSC led 6-2 after seven innings. Justin Cox (East Swanzey, NH) had a two-run double single in the first and John Trubiano (Keene, NH) had a two-run home run in the third . KSC starter James Slack (Manchester, N.H.) gave up five hits and two runs in 6.2 innings, Relievers Pat Austin (Wallingford, CT)and Andrew Caplice (Marston Mills, MA.), who took the loss, were unable to hold the lead.
In upcoming action, RIC will host Anna Maria College on Monday, Apr. 31 at 3 p.m. KSC will play at Springfield College on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.).