Keene, N.H. – Keene State exacted a slight bit of revenge, scoring five runs in the seventh to register a 7-3 win over Clark University in non-league baseball action on Monday afternoon. The win for the Owls avenges a 4-3, ten-inning victory for the Cougars back on February 26.
Score: Keene State 7, Clark University 3
Records: Keene State (11-18); Clark University (26-11)
Location: Owl Athletic Complex, Keene, N.H.
How It Happened:
The Owls were ahead 2-1 in the seventh when they broke the game open. John Tarascio delivered the biggest blow of the frame with a two-run single to centerfield off of reliever Joseph Gouveia (Nashua, N.H.). One of those runs actually belonged to the Cougars' first reliever, Cam Smith (Gorham, Maine) who wound up taking the loss after giving up four runs in 1.1 innings of work.
Keene State answered back to even the score in the bottom of the inning when Nate Rossi doubled with one out and then eventually came around to score on a Mac Struthers infield hit.
Down 7-1, Clark did push two runs across when Kyle Shaw (Litchfield, N.H.) walked and then strolled home on a Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) double to center. After Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.) singled, Zach Kelley (Hadley, Mass.) brought Bonicki home with a groundout to third.
Inside The Boxscore:
Clark got a solid effort on the mound from starter Patrick Robinson (Watertown, Conn.), who went five innings, scattering seven hits and allowed just one run in the no-decision.
Downing, meanwhile, continued his offensive onslaught, recording his eighth game this season with three or more hits (3-for-4), while Lefebvre had three hits as well.
For Bonicki, his 20th double of the year not only leads the NEWMAC, it extends his school record for doubles in a season and ties him with Mitch DeLorenzo for the most in a career in school history (34).
Clark will host Worcester State on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in their final regular season contest before the NEWMAC Tournament begins this weekend.