SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Trevor Chapin was 4-for-5 and Abe Grainger hit his second home run of the season as the Keene State College baseball team ended a four game losing streak with an 8-2 win over Springfield on Tuesday night.
Noah Rizio pitched five innings to pick up his first collegiate win, while Steve Zadravec, Nick Nowak, and Nate Pedersen combined for four innings of scoreless relief. Keene State is now 10-22, while the Pride fall to 7-24.
Keene State took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first, following a lead-off double from Zach Rollins to left center, before Trevor Chapin and Christian Bourgea hit back-to-back singles. On Bourgea's single, Rollins came around to score to give the Owls a 1-0 lead, before Chapin advanced home on a wild pitch from DeMille. After Kolby Reggione reached first on an error, Bourgea crossed home to give Keene State the 3-0 advantage at frame's end.
The Owls would tack on a fourth run in the top of the third When Billy Buscetto singled to left, scoring Vinny Parilla to take a 4-1 lead.Springfield climbed back to within a pair in the bottom of the fifth inning when Steve Starr drove home Billy Peterson from second to make it 4-2, Keene State.
The Owls took an 8-2 lead in the top of the seventh, starting with a Abe Grainger home run to left-center field, bringing in Bourgea to give Keene State the four-run lead. Later in the inning, Rollins cracked a single to center, which scored Parilla and Reggione to push the Owls' lead to six.
Keene State ends the season by hosting a Little East Conference doubleheader with Eastern Connecticut State University on Friday at noon.
(Parts of this story courtesy Springfield College)