NORTH DARTMOUTH, MASS. 4/6/13 – The Keene State College baseball team was on the winning and losing side of one-run games in a doubleheader against UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday. The Owls (8-14, 2-2 LEC) rook the opener 8-7 and lost the second game 3-2 at the UMD Athletic Complex.
The Owls built an early lead in the opener, scoring in the first on an RBI double by freshman shortstop Billy Hartmann (Greenland, NH), twice in the second on a run-scoring single by freshman designated hitter Cody Dube (Windham, ME) and an RBI double by Bates, and once more in the third on sophomore left fielder Ian Seawards' (Dover, NH)sacrifice fly.
The Corsairs (6-10-1-13 LEC) came back with three in the fifth, with the rally keyed by an RBI double by sophomore center fielder Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA) and tied the game in the sixth on senior catcher Matt Worden's (New Bedford, MA/) solo homer.
Dootson's sacrifice fly in the seventh put KSC ahead, but Medeiros tied the game for UMD with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, and sophomore third baseman George Aggostini (Dighton, MA/) Marist doubled home the go-ahead run. Junior third baseman Nick Vita (Spofford, NH) doubled home two runs in the 8th to put the Owls back on top, and Dootson drove in an insurance run in the top of the ninth with a single. UMD got a run back in their half of the ninth on Medeiros' triple and a double by freshman right fielder Connor Shaw (Goffstown, NH), but Dube, who relieved senior starter Chris Crutcher (Londonderry, NH) in the seventh, retired the side to end the game. Dube earned the win and improved to 3-1, while UMD sophomore starter Nick Fuller (New Bedford, MA) took the loss and fell to 0-3.
Junior Andrew Gummow (Brookline, Mass.) went 3-4 while Bates and Dube each had two hits in the game for the Owls.
In the nightcap, KSC took a 2-0 lead on a first-inning solo homer by senior first baseman Greg Bates (Salem, NH/), his second blast in as many games, and freshman right fielder Brett Dootson's (Marlborough, CT) RBI single in the third.
The Corsairs came back, getting two runs in the fifth on senior third baseman Tyler White's (Westport, MA) solo homer and sophomore third baseman George Aggostini 's (Dighton, MA) infield grounder. Aggostini's sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run in the seventh. Freshman Matt Russell (Townsend, MA), who pitched three scoreless innings after relieving freshman starter George Bent (Barnstable, MA) in the seventh, earned the win and improved to 1-1. Senior Eric Perrault (Salem, NH), who pitched the final three innings for Keene State took the loss and fell to 0-3.
Vita went 2-4 for KSC in the game.
Keene State will host Salve Regina Sunday.
(Courtesy: UMD Sports Information)