Baseball Swept By Eastern Connecticut On Senior Day

Baseball Swept By Eastern Connecticut On Senior Day

KEENE, N.H.--The season came to an end for the Keene State College baseball team with a sweep by visiting Eastern Connecticut State University on Friday.  The Warriors took game one 10-2, then took a 6-2 win in 12 innings in the second game.

Keene State ends the season with a record of 10-24, and 2-12 in the LEC.  The Warriors improve to 19-15, and 8-6 in the LEC.

Game One

Patrick O'Neil tossed a complete game and allowed just two hits over the final eight innings.  Chad Adams, Kyle Hart, and Tim Budd each had three hits to support the Warriors 17 hit attack.

A pair of KSC errors and four straight singles allowed the Warriors to take a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning, as Corey Keane and Joe Perez had RBI hits.  

KSC got two runs back in the bottom of the first, as Joe Libby hit a leadoff single and Zach Rollins drew a walk.  Trevor Chapin drove in the first run of the game for the Owls with a single to right and Austin Marino also drove in a run with a single.

The Warriors scored three more times in the fourth, a single run in the sixth, and three more in the eighth, while O'Neil retired 11 straight batters from the second to the fifth innings, until Libby ended the streak with a single to right center.

KSC managed just one hit the rest of the way.  Eddie Dionne (1-2) took the loss, striking out four and allowing just two earned runs in 3.1 innings of work.  Keith Simpson pitched 4.2 innings of relief, and Nick Nowak worked a scoreless ninth.

Game Two

A strong effort from KSC's Cody Dube was spoiled in a tough 6-2 defeat.  KSC had taken a 1-0 lead in the third courtesy of the first collegiate home run from Billy Hartmann.  

The game remained 1-0 until the top of the eight inning.  Pat Sirois reached on a fielder's choice, took second when Andrew Scully was hit by a pitch, moved to third on Chad Adams' flyout to right field, and scored on a wild pitch.

Heading to extra innings, the Warriors took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 11th.  Keane was hit by a pitch to open the inning, and after Kyle Hart walked, took third on a passed ball.  Tim Budd popped up to shallow right field;  Hartmann raced back to make the catch, but Keane was able to tag up and score.

The Owls would not go quietly, tying the score in the bottom half when down to their last out.  Reggione reached when Adams bobbled a grounder at third base, and pinch runner Robbie Hamilton scored on Hartmann's triple to deep right field.

The Warriors took the lead for good in the top of the 12th in bizarre fashion.  Scully led off with a walk and moved to third on Adams' double to gap in right center.  KSC reliever Alan Schiff got DJ Scavone to pop out to third base, and KSC opted to intentionally walk Keane to load the bases with one out.

A wild pitch on the third pitch of the intentional walk allowed Scully to score the go-ahead run, and ECSU added three more in the inning on RBI hits from Joe Perez and Mike Funaro and a sacrifice fly from Budd.

Dube was outstanding in his first start since March 19, allowing three hits and striking out a career high nine.  Schiff (1-2) was charged with the loss.  Adam Merritt (4-0) earned the win.

Before the game, KSC honored seniors Tanner Chase, Matt Boulay, and Jake Ciolfi for their contributions to the program.