Eagles Rally, Walk Off Owls 7-6

Eagles Rally, Walk Off Owls 7-6

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Husson University erased a 6-1 deficit by scoring six times in the final three innings to hand the Keene State College baseball team a tough 7-6 loss on Sunday at Lake Myrtle Sports Complex Field No. 8.


  • Keene State:  1-3
  • Husson:  1-2

How It Happened

Sam Czel once again led the Owl offense out of the top spot in the lineup, as he went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer while adding two walks and a stolen base.  He is 6-for-12 on the season so far with two home runs and four RBI, and has reached base 11 times overall.  Connor Walsh had a double and drove in a pair of runs.  Mac Struthers (2-4, 2 R, BB) and Tom Meucci (2-4) also had multiple-hit efforts for KSC.  Husson got a 2-for-4 showing from Nolan Brown, who also drove in three runs and was one of five Eagles with a pair of hits.

After scoring 12 runs in the final two innings of a blowout win over King's College (Pa.) yesterday, it looked as if it would be more of the same early on for Keene State.  Czel walked and stole second to kick things off in the opening frame before an error on a ball off the bat of Struthers put runners on second and third with nobody out.  Walsh cashed in one to put the Owls on the board first before Tyler Gammie eventually brought home Struthers with an RBI triple.  Husson halved their deficit in the bottom of the second, but KSC put up a pair of runs in the third and fourth and appeared to be in control.  The highlight of the two-run third was a Walsh double that scored Struthers, who walked to kick off the frame.  The Owls made it 6-1 in the top of the fourth after Josh DeFrancisco singled and was brought home by a two-run blast from Czel, his second homer of the season.

KSC starter Ryan Sliwinski was in command, as Husson managed just one run and four hits over the first six innings.  However, the Eagles came to life in a four-run seventh.  Nick Guerrette singled and swiped second before scoring on Brown's triple, making it 6-2.  The Owls then went to the bullpen, bringing in Isaac Keehn, but Husson capitalized on a pair of Keene State errors to score three more times, making it a one-run game (6-5).  KSC put two runners on in the eighth but could not score, and a two-out rally for the Eagles in the next half inning made it a new game.  A Luke Covey single and Guerrette walk started the uprising before Brown again came through with a game-tying single to make it 6-6.  Shawn O'Donnell came in and got out of further trouble when Kobe Rogerson flied to center.  After going down 1-2-3 in the ninth, Keene State was in immediate danger after Conor Maguire led off Husson's half of the inning with a double and never got out of it.  A walk and a single loaded the bases with Eagles before Michael Schneider won it with a base hit.

Around the Horn

  • Sliwinski made the first start of his career on the mound and set a new personal best, going 6 1/3 innings while allowing three runs on six hits with three strikeouts.  O'Donnell (0-1) took the loss for KSC, while Husson's Nolan Dousa (1-0) got the win after tossing a scoreless ninth.  The Eagles' bullpen allowed just one hit and one walk over three innings.
  • KSC is 7-for-8 on steal attempts on the young season.
  • The Owls had not played Husson since 2013 and are 5-4 in the all-time series.

Up Next

  • Keene State is back at it tomorrow morning, March 11, when they meet Worcester State University at 9:15 am in Kissimmee, Fla.
  • Husson College has a doubleheader against Central College (Iowa) tomorrow beginning at 10:30 am in Leesburg, Fla.