KEENE, NH (Apr. 14) - The Western Connecticut State University baseball team took a 6-4 win in game one, before dropping game two at Keene State College by a 4-3 score to earn a split on the day.
The Colonials (8-13, 1-3 LEC) broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh to take the opener 6-4. The Owls (12-6, 3-3 LEC) rallied with to win the second game, scoring two runs in the seventh to win 4-3. Junior Andrew Gummow (Brookline, Mass.) was the hitting star in the nightcap, hitting a home run and knocking in the go-ahead run with a single.
In the nightcap, Keene State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.) opened the inning with a walk and came home on a sacrifice fly by Gummow.
Western Conn. took a 3-1 lead in the second. Junior Jeff John (Trumbull, Conn.) had a key two-out double scoring all three runs.
KSC chipped away at the WCSU lead, scoring one run in the bottom of the second on Gummow's leadoff opposite field home run, his first college career bomb, which carried over the right field fence.
The Owls scored two more runs in the seventh to take the lead 4-3. Junior Nick Vita (Spofford, N.H.) had a key RBI double to center field and Gummow scored the go-ahead run, going the other way with a single to right.
"I was just looking to get the job done and take the simple approach. On the home run I got lucky, he got the ball up and the wind helped me out a little," said Gummow about his home run. "I just went with the pitch he gave me in the seventh. I just tried to get it to the other side and get the runner over, but it got through and Vita scored for me. It's never good to get swept, especially at home, so it was a good win for us."
Keene State senior Eric Perrault (Salem, N.H.) did the rest for Keene State, tossing three innings of no-hit relief with four strikeouts and one walk to notch his first win of the season.
Senior Spencer Hutchinson (Broad Book, Conn.) started for the Owls and settled down after giving up three runs in the second. He gave up three runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.
Gummow went 3-3 in the game with three RBIs while Vita picked up a couple of hits.
Keene State fell behind 4-1 in the first game. The Colonials scored two runs in the first on a RBI double by senior Chris Alberto (Trumbull, Conn.) and a ground out and two more in the second on run-producing hits from freshman James Annello (Waterford, Conn.) and junior Bobby Coyne (Clinton, Conn.).
The Owls got their run in the bottom of the first on a bases loaded walk by junior Domingo Cruz (Manchester, N.H.).
Keene State scored three runs in the third to tie the score at four-all. Sophomore Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H.) got one run home on a RBI double. The others runs came home on an infield out and a sacrifice fly by freshman Bobby Graham (Amherst, N.H.)
The score remained tied until the seventh inning. Taking advantage of an error during a run-down play, senior Bill Eannotti (Shelton, Conn.) scored two runs with a double to left field.
Bates went 3-4 and Vita had two more hits in the first game for KSC.
John and Annello each had two hits for WCSU.
After a rocky start, senior Chris Crutcher (Londonderry, N.H.) settled down for the Owls. He gave up six runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and five walks in his 7.2 innings on the mound. His record goes to 1-2.
Senior Chris Alberto (Trumbull, Conn.) got the complete game win for the Colonials.
Keene State travels to rival Plymouth State on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.).