KEENE, N.H. - Western New England University scored in all seven innings and went on to beat the Keene State College baseball team 32-11 on a windy Wednesday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 6-12
- Western New England: 12-6
How It Happened
The Golden Bears scored eight runs in the top of the first inning after the leadoff batter was retired and never stopped scoring after that en route to a non-conference victory. Keene State got a double and home run from Matthew Goldman, who finished 2-for-2 and drove in three runs in his first start with the Owls. Eight other Owls had a hit, while Connor Walsh had two RBI. Josh DeFrancisco, Mac Struthers, John Taranovich, Brendan Eaton, Colin McKeon and Tom Meucci also drove in a run each.
After WNE's Aaron Rios grounded to short to begin the contest, the next five Golden Bears reached, including three doubles, a triple and a single as they raced out to a 4-0 advantage. Joe Webber's liner to first was the second out, but the visitors doubled their lead before the Owls got out of the inning, as Jake Balderston and Alex Loparco had run-scoring singles sandwiching a two-run double from Rios. Western New England sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning, eight of whom scored. Trailing 9-0, KSC got on the board in their half of the second with two down, as Goldman and Meucci traded spots with doubles to both sides of the outfield. However, the Owls never slowed WNE's offense, surrendering four more runs in both the third and fourth innings, the latter of which saw the visitors record just one hit. Keene State put up a crooked number in the bottom half of the fourth against three different Golden Bear relievers. The highlight of the frame was Goldman's two-run homer to center that scored Michael Pascarelli, but Walsh also delivered a two-run single as KSC got within 17-8 after four. Western New England immediately put four more runs on the board in the very next inning to prevent the Owls from getting back in the game.
Brian Vieira pitched the first two innings for the Owls, and took the loss to fall to 1-1. Jeremy Morris, the third of eight different Golden Bear pitchers, got the win after pitching 1 1/3 innings without allowing a run.
Around the Horn
- Goldman's home run was the first of his career and KSC's eighth this season. Sam Czel leads the team with five.
- Keene State hit a season-high five doubles in the game. It is the fifth time they have scored double-digit runs this season.
- The game also saw the collegiate debuts of Mike Collins, Eaton, Aaron Beeney, Jacob Laskosky, and Johnny Vets. Goldman, Pascarelli, and Michael Montembeault made their first career starts.
- It was the Owls' first contest at Owl Athletic Complex this season. They played their first two scheduled home games at Franklin Pierce University.
- WNE now leads the all-time series 11-10.
- Keene State stays home to take on Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) on Saturday, April 6 at 1:00 pm in a rescheduled contest. It is a conference bye for the Owls, as the other eight LEC teams will all play conference contests that day.
- Western New England hosts Nichols College on Friday, April 5 at 3:30 pm. WNE has won five games in a row, scoring at least 13 runs in each one.