MANSFIELD, Conn.--The Keene State College baseball team was swept in a doubleheader by host Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday, falling 6-3 and 5-0 in two Little East Conference games.
- Keene State: 10-7, 2-2 LEC
- Eastern Conn. State: 11-8, 2-2 LEC
How It Happened - Game One
Connor Walsh hit his first home run of the season, and the Owls had the go-ahead run at the plate in the ninth inning, but could not complete the comeback in a 6-3 loss. The Owls had taken a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Nate Rossi walked and took second on a wild pitch before scoring on Connor Longley's RBI single to left field.
The Warriors responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, and it remained that way until the sixth when Longley was hit by a pitch to open the inning and Walsh followed by launching his second career longball to left field to tie the game.
RBI hits by Alex Parkos and DJ Scavone put the Warriors back in front in the seventh, but the Owls would threaten in both the eighth and the ninth. Walsh walked with one out in the eighth and moved to third on Devin Springfield's double, but John Tarascio and David Sevigny both struck out to end the inning. After ECSU added another run in the bottom half, the Owls loaded the bases in the ninth, getting leadoff walks from Abe Grainger and pinch hitter Tyler Gammie, followed by a single to center by Rossi, but ECSU closer Nick Rascati got Longley to pop up to third and struck out Walsh to end the game.
How it Happened - Game Two
The Owls' bats were unable to solve game two starter Sam Kosterich, who threw a complete game, allowing only two hits and striking out 11. Eastern scored the only run they would need off of KSC starter Isaac Keehn in the first on an RBI single by Parkos.
Kosterich, meanwhile, retired the first eight batters he faced and didn't allow a hit until Tyler Gammie's single to center in the third. A passed ball allowed Gammie to reach second, but Mac Stuthers grounded out to shortstop to end the inning. The Owls' only other hit came in the fifth, when Tarascio singled to right with one gone, but he was caught stealing before Sevigny lined out to second.
KSC's only other baserunners came in the seventh, when Walsh reached on an error, and in the eighth, when Sevigny was hit by a pitch. Keehn (1-1) took the loss, allowing two runs in two innings. Brandon Heath pitched six innings of relief.
Around the Horn
- Heath pitched at least six innings for the third time this year, having done so in a relief stint against Clark on February 27, and in a starting role against Illinois Tech on March 17.
- The Owls have not won at Eastern Conn. State since an 8-7 win in the second game of a doubleheader on April 7, 2012.
- It was the first time KSC was shutout this season.
- Keene State travels to Tufts University for a non-conference game on Sunday, April 8, at 12:30 p.m.
- The Warriors are off until Wednesday, when they face Dean College at 4 p.m.