WAYNE, N.J.--Christian Bourgea drove in three runs and Keith Simpson tossed 3.1 innings of relief to give the Keene State College baseball team a split of the season opening doubleheader at William Paterson University. The Pioneers took game one 2-1, while the Owls won the nightcap 8-6.
- Keene State: 1-1
- William Paterson: 2-2
- Keene State heads to Central Florida for a spate of games over Spring Break. First up for the Owls is a doubleheader with WPI on March 11.
- William Paterson plays at Farmingdale State on March 8.
How It Happened - Game One
- An excellent performance from Cody Dube (0-1) went for naught as the Owls managed just four hits, none for extra bases of WPU starter Mario Danza.
- Dube turned in a complete game effort, striking out 10 and walking one while scattering seven hits.
- Joe Libby led off the game with a single and stole second. After taking third on Bourgea's single to center, Libby crossed the plate on Abe Grainger's sacrifice fly.
- The Pioneers tied the game in the bottom half of the first when KC Abel tripled and came around on Anthony Hoagland's single up the middle.
- Dube worked out of a jam in the fourth when singles from Victor Sanchez and Tyler Garguilo put the go-ahead run at third base, but Dube struck out Mike Abate to end the threat.
- Danza and reliever Mitch D'Amato shut down the Owl offense, retiring seven KSC batters. The winning run came around in the bottom of the seventh as Abate singled, stole second, and scored on Hoagland's double to right.
How It Happened - Game Two
- Bourgea and Vinny Parilla each had two hits as the Owls took advantage of two William Paterson errors for an 8-6 win.
- Keene State pushed two across in the top of the first when Billy Hartmann drew a one out walk and scored on Bourgea's double down the right field line. Devin Springfield knocked in another with a single to center that scored Bourgea.
- The Pioneers tied the score in the bottom of the third as a KSC error led to two unearned runs, but the Owls responded with four in the top of the fourth for a 6-2 lead.
- Mac Struthers reached on an error that allowed Daniel Sarah and Trevor Chapin to score, and Bourgea drove in two more with a single to center.
- Struthers picked up an RBI with a single down the right field line and Parilla had an RBI groundout in the fifth.
- Simpson, meanwhile, allowed just one unearned run in the bottom of the sixth and ended the game by inducing Jimmy Kenny into a 4-6-3 double-play.