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Keene State Edges Baseball, 1-0

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 2, 2003- Springfield College sophomore Brian Royal (Orange, Mass.) hurled 8 2/3 innings, struck out nine and gave up just one run but the Pride fell to Keene State, 1-0, on Wednesday at Berry-Allen Field in a non-conference game.

Keene State freshman Ryan Kohler (Alstead, N.H.), senior Corey Hartson (Merrimack, N.H.), and senior Buzzy Francis (Bedford, N.H.) combined on a six-hit shutout for the Owls (3-10). Kohler pitched six innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven to pick up his first win. Francis pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out three to earn his first save.

The lone run of the game came in the top of the fourth when junior Justin Hickman (Mount Vernon, N.H.) drove in senior John Trubiano (Keene, N.H.) on a sacrifice fly to left field.
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