HARTFORD, Conn.--Tanner Chase hit his first career home run, but it was not enough as the Keene State College baseball team dropped a 2-1 decision to Trinity College (Conn.) at Hyland Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Keene State is now 6-7, while the Bantams are 8-5.
KSC out hit Trinity 6-5, but hit into a double play in each of the first four innings to negate any success on the basepaths.
Owls' starter Alan Schiff carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, but the Owls could not make the breakthrough until the top of the sixth inning, when Chase cranked a solo homer over the fence in right field.
Trinity took the lead in the sixth inning, breaking up the perfect game when Connor Sullivan led off with a single to right field and took second on a wild pitch. Scott Cullinane singled him home, and after a sacrifice bunt, scored on a single up the middle from Matthew Toth.
The Trinity bullpen limited Keene State to one hit over the final three innings, in the form of Joe Libby's single down the left field line in the top of the ninth. Chase laid down a sacrifice bunt to move him into scoring position, but Trevor Chapin struck out and Christian Bourgea grounded out to first to end the game.
Schiff was the hard luck loser, with two runs and two hits allowed in 5.1 innings of work. Steven Zadravec pitched 2.1 innings of hitless relief, and Eddie Dionne did not allow a hit in 0.1 innings of work.
Keene State will travel to Tufts University for a 3:30 pm start on on Thursday, April 2.