GORHAM, MAINE 5/9/13 - Keene State College saw its season come to an end with a 4-0 shutout loss to the University of Southern Maine in a second-round game of the Little East Conference Baseball Tournament in Gorham, Maine on Thursday.
Keene State, the third seed in the tournament, completes its season with an 18-23 record, the first sub-.500 mark season by the team since 2004. Top seed Southern Maine (35-7) will face the winner of the Eastern Conn./ UMass-Boston game on Friday.
The Huskies broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the fifth inning on RBI doubles from junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass.) and freshman Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine).
USM added single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine) had a RBI triple in the sixth and senior John Carey (South Portland, Maine) knocked in a run with a double in the eighth.
Keene State finished the game with four hits. Sophomore Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H.) had a lead-off double in the fifth and junior Andrew Gummow (Brookline, Mass.) had a two-base hit in the top of the ninth inning.
Dexter had three hits at the top of the Huskie's line-up while Grady and Carey each had two hits in the game.
Freshman Alan Schiff (East Hartford, Conn.) started for the Owls and took the loss, dropping his record to (1-1). He went the first 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with one walk. A pair of Owl seniors followed him to the mound. Spencer Hutchinson (Broad Brook, Conn,) went 2.2 innings, giving up one run on three hits while Eric Perrault (Salem, N.H.) tossed two innings, giving up one run on three hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Senior Ryan Yates (Norway, Maine) picked up the win for USM. He tossed 7.2 inning of three hit ball with four strikeouts and two walks, improving his record to 6-1.