FARMINGDALE, N.Y. 3/3/13 – The Keene State College baseball team dropped a 4-2 11 inning game to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Farmingdale, N.Y. on Sunday afternoon.
The Owls finished their four games at the Spring Classic with a 1-3 record. The Engineers (1-1) picked up their first win of the season.
"We had our chances to win all four games, but couldn't come through with the big hit when we needed it," said KSC Coach Ken Howe. "We now have a better idea of the team and we'll make some adjustments as we get ready to head to Florida."
Keene State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Andrew Gummow (Brookline, Mass.) led off the inning by being hit-by-a-pitch. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and came home on a single up the middle by freshman Brett Dootson (Marlborough, Conn.).
After the Engineers got a run in the top of the fifth to tie the game, the Owls took the lead again in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs, freshman Cody Dube (Windham, Me.) walked. He moved to second on a single by sophomore Tanner Chase (York, Me.) and came home on a single down the left field line by sophomore Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H.).
The Owls loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but came up empty.
The game remained tied until the top of the 11th inning when the Engineers plated a pair of runs. Following a key error, freshman Chris Holomakoff (Norwalk, Conn.) knocked in both runs with a single up the middle.
Senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.) had two of the Owls five hits in the game.
Junior Daniel Osorio (Manchester, N.H.) started for the Owls. He pitched five innings, giving up one run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Junior Vinnie Mangiagli (East Hartford, Conn.) took over in the 11th inning and got the loss.
The Owls begin their Spring Week trip at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational with a doubleheader against WPI on Friday, March 8.