MANSFIELD, Conn. -- The Keene State College baseball team was swept by Eastern Connecticut State University 7-6 and 3-0 in a Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday.
ECSU's Pat Barnett, who had pitched only 7 1/3 innings through the team's first 14 games, had an odd statistical day when he was credited with the win in both of the Warriors' games. He closed out the first game by limiting Keene State (4-10, 0-2 Little East) to one hit over the final two innings, then pitched four strong innings in the second game to earn a more traditional win.
Up 5-2, Eastern got two back in the fourth on a ground ball by No. 9 hitter Joe Perez and two-out single by Brendan Lynch. They then tied the game on a two-out Andrew Scully single in the fifth and took its first lead in the sixth when Lynch walked with one out, stole second, moved to third on a ground ball, and scored on a wild pitch. The Owls tied the game, 6-6 in the seventh on two walks and three hits, with Ian Seawards plating starting pitcher Cody Dube, who had walked.
Scully would again come up big, singling to right center in the bottom of the ninth to play the winning run.
Eastern scored the only run it would need in the second inning of the first game when Gavin Lavallee led off with a walk against Eddie Dionne, stole second, moved to third on Scully's ground ball to the right side, and scored on No. 8 hitter Tim Budd's sacrifice fly. The Warriors tacked on two more in the fifth off Dionne on a rally ignited by the bottom third of the order. Scully, Tim Budd, and Joe Perez all singled, Scully coming home on a balk and Budd on Lynch's ground ball.
The Owls got three hits from Seawards and Nick Vita, with Dootson, Gummow, Dube and Boulay adding two hits each. Boulay was the only Keene player with more than one RBI, totaling two. Dube scored three times and Gummow twice and both walked twice.
A winner of five straight, Eastern got four hits, two RBI and two runs from Scully, three hits, two RBI and two runs from Lynch and three hits and a run from Kyle Hart, who extended his hitting streak to seven with three hits in the opener before going hitless in one official at-bat in the nightcap..
KSC's next game will be Tuesday on the road against Curry at 3:30.
Eastern hosts Bridgewater State University Wednesday at 4 p.m.
(Courtest ECSU Sports Information)