KEENE, N.H.--Alan Schiff struck out eight in seven innings as the Keene State College baseball team rallied for a 6-4 win over Trinity College (Conn.) in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 8-7
- Trinity (CT): 5-9
- Keene State faces Framingham State on Thursday in a non-league game at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass.
- Trinity opens up NESCAC play by hosting a three game series against Bowdoin College on Friday afternoon.
Tale of the Tape
- Dustin Howe led the Keene State attack, batting 3-for-3 with a walk. Joey Libby, Billy Hartmann, and Christian Bourgea each had two hits. Hartmann drove in three runs.
- Schiff picked up the win, allowing three earned runs and walking just one with a season high eight strikeouts. Keith Simpson earned his first career save, striking out three in two innings of relief.
- Trinity got two hits from apiece from Mackenzie Genauer and Nick Pezzella.
- McLane Hill was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) in 1.2 innings.
How It Happened
- Keene State broke through with two runs in the second inning. Howe roped a 1-out single to left, and went all the way to third when Daniel Sarah dropped a base hit into short right field that died when it hit the ground.
- Libby brought in Howe with a single through the right side, and Hartmann singled to left to score Sarah.
- The Bantams hit back with three runs in the top of the third. Johnny Stamatis had an RBI single in the frame, and Brandon Pierce had a sacrifice fly. Richard Spencer also had an RBI hit in the inning to put the Bantams in front.
- Schiff shut down the Bantams in the fourth and fifth, and the Owls rallied to tie the game in the sixth. Sarah reached on an error and moved to second on Libby's groundout. A wild pitch moved up pinch runner Zach Rollins, and after Hartmann popped out, another wild pitch from Hill brought Rollins around.
- Trinity went back in front almost as quickly, as pinch hitter Connor Mooney drew a lead off walk and came around on a wild pitch. The Owls went back in front in the bottom of the seventh. Vinny Parilla and Dustin Howe had consecutive singles, and Kolby Reggione reached on an error with two out to keep the inning alive.
- Libby was hit by a pitch to tie the game, and Hartmann slammed an RBI double to center to plate Reggione and pinch runner Robbie Hamilton. Simpson shut the door on the Bantams in the ninth, striking out Nick DiBendetto to end the game.