LAKELAND, Fla.--The Keene State College baseball team earned a split of a doubleheader on Opening Day with Worcester Polytechnic Institute, falling 3-2 in extra innings in the opening, then taking the second game 5-3.
KSC is now 1-1, while the Engineers are 6-4.
WPI scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to force extras and added another in the eighth to take a 3-2 win.
The game was a pitcher's duel until the fifth inning; KSC's Cody Dube and WPI's Taylor Landry did not allow a hit to either side until Zach Blanchard singled in the fourth inning. Keene State took a 1-0 lead in the next frame, as Andy Johnson reached on a throwing error by Landy and moved all the way to third. A passed ball brought him home.
KSC added what appeared to be an insurance run in the seventh. Joe Libby doubled to right-center and scored on Bourgea's single up the middle, but WPI would rally in the bottom of the inning.
Anthony Capuano doubled and scored on John Mulready's single, and pinch runner Evan Lacroix scored on a Keene State error to send the game to extra frames.
Austin Marino hit a one out single for KSC in the eighth, but pinch runner Vinny Parilla was cutdown in a 1-6-3 double-play.
WPI pushed the winning run across when Sean Greene singled and moved all the way to third before scoring on another Keene State error.
The loss spoiled a wonderful effort by Dube, who allowed just one hit and struckout a career high eight in four innings of work. Eddie Dionne (0-1) was the hard-luck loser, striking out six and allowing one earned run in 3.1 innings of work.
KSC put the errors behind them and staged a rally of their own for a come-from-behind 5-3 win in the second game.
Trevor Chapin's three hit game and another strong performance by the bullpen gave the Owls the win.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning, when the Engineers scored three times. Alex Venditti hit a one out, solo home run, and DJ Ouelette singled in Sean Greene. Ouelette came around on a right field single by Jon Caliri.
KSC got a pair of runs back in the bottom half of the fourth, as Zach Rollins led off with an infield single and took second on Chapin's single up the middle. Parilla brought in both runners with a double to left-center to make it a one run game.
Three runs in the bottom of the fifth put KSC in front for good. John Williams led off with a single up the middle, and Libby walked to put two on with none out. Chapin singled to left and an error by the left fielder brought in both runners for a 4-3 lead. Kolby Reggione added an insurance run with an RBI single to center, scoring Chapin.
Michael Crimi picked up the save, getting out of a jam in the sixth when Capuano singled and took second on a wild pitch. Crimi got Caliri to foul out to right field and D'Ambrosio fly out to left.
Crimi again got out of trouble in the seventh when Venditti and Ouelette both singled with two out, only to get Blanchard to pop up to third base to end the contest.
Nate Pederson earned the win, allowing two hits in 1.2 innings of work. Alan Schiff started and went 3.1 innings.
The Owls resume competition with a nine inning contest against William Paterson (N.J.) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.