SANFORD, Fla.--A strong performance on the mound from Tim Coppinger was wasted as the Keene State College baseball team fell to Vassar College 3-2 in 11 innings on Saturday.
- Keene State: 1-3
- Vassar: 1-0
How it Happened
Coppinger was perfect through six and struck out a career high eight, allowing just four hits and two earned runs. The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth when singles from Nathan Rossi and Christian Bourgea set the table for Devin Springfield, who brought in Rossi with a single of his own.
Vassar broke up the perfect game when Matt Hernandez singled to lead off the seventh, and he eventually scored on a single by Denis Shanagher.
KSC took the lead back in the eighth inning when a single from Bourgea, a Vassar error, and a walk loaded the bases, and Steve Martel grounded out to first to plate pinch runner Zach Rollins.
Vassar forced extras when Hernandez led off with a walk and eventually scored on a wild pitch, and won the game in the bottom of the 11th inning when Mike Koscielniak singled, and scored all the way from first on an error.
Andrew Houde (1-3) took the loss. Bobby Winkelmann (1-0) picked up the win for the Brewers.
Bourgea and Springfield each had two hits for the Owls.
Around the Horn
- Keene State has still gone to extra innings in every game this year. The additional frames make up nearly one additional game (six innings).
- Springfield is the only KSC player to hit safely in all four games this year.
- Keene State plays Illinois Wesleyan on March 12 at Lake Myrtle No. 8 in Auburndale, Fla.
- Vassar will play SUNY Fredonia in Winter Haven, Fla.