PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University baseball team got out to a lead in the third inning against Keene State on Saturday, but couldn't hold on. The Owls scored two runs in the eighth on their way to a 5-2 victory.
The loss dropped Johnson & Wales to 4-3 while the Owls improved to 6-6.
Left fielder Armani Henderson (Johnston, RI) got plunked to start the second inning. He stole second then came around to score on an RBI single by second baseman Ivan Reyes (Cranston, RI). Reyes had three of the Wildcats' six hits.
Shortstop Lou Umberto (Cranston, RI) – who had a pair of hits – started the third inning with a single. He crossed the plate despite JWU not getting another hit as a walk, error and wild pitch allowed Umberto to score.
Keene State tied the game in the fifth then took the lead in the eighth. With runners on first and second, pinch hitter John Tarascio got a single to score David Sevigny then Tom Meucci crossed the plate on a throwing error.
Getting stuck with the loss was JWU's Lane Compton (Freeland, Mich.) as he gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits with seven strikeouts. JWU committed four errors in the field. After giving up the two runs, the Owls' Michael Crimi settled down and struck out 11 batters in seven innings to get the win.
Johnson & Wales will try to snap its three-game losing streak when it plays host to Eastern Connecticut State on Sunday at 1 p.m.