The Keene State College baseball team traveled to Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island on Saturday, March 25. Senior Michael Crimi threw for seven innings, striking out 11. Connor Longley had three hits, while Nathan Rossi had two.
The Owls and the Wildcats went back and forth with runs. Longley got hit with a pitch, and walked the base.
The Wildcats tied up the game as Ivan Reyes sealed an RBI single, and Johnson & Wales took the lead in the third when they loaded the bases.
Crimi (2-0) struck out Greg Joubert and Reyes in the fourth, and got a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play when he struck out Dave Matthews.
Rossi then caught the Wildcats, attempting to steal third base in the fifth.
Christian Bourgea’s fly to right brought in Mac Struthers to tie the score in the fifth inning.
Crimi stuck out the Wildcats in the bottom of the sixth, and the Owls took the lead in the bottom of the eighth.
Pinch hitter John Tarascio came in with a run, an RBI single to the right, and Tom Meucci scored on an error.
Devin Springfield also scored on an error in the top of the ninth. Jeffrey Lunn came in for his first appearance in Owls baseball.
Lunn sent the Wildcats down in order in the eighth and then struck out the Wildcats’ Rob Ballinger to end the game.
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