KEENE, N.H. – Junior Ryan Kohler (Alstead , N.H) pitched six strong innings and senior Matt Orszulak (Campton, N.H.) went 3-for-3 with four RBIs Wednesday afternoon to lead Keene State College to a 10-2 Little East Conference baseball victory over rival Plymouth State University at Owl Athletic Complex.
Keene State improves to 16-11 overall (5-3 LEC) while Plymouth State falls to 5-20 (0-8 LEC). With a 9-6 win earlier this season, KSC sweeps the two-game series between the teams.
The Owls manufactured a run in the first inning when freshman Ryan Jones (Nashua, N.H.) singled, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on an infield out. In the second, the Owls added three more runs. Orszulak knocked in two runs with a bases-loaded double to right. Orszulak also added two more RBIs in the third with a two-out double.
Plymouth State got two runs back in the sixth inning when senior Derek Guimond (Lewiston, Me.) scored on a groundout by Matt Gabellieri (Lincoln, R.I.), and Trevor Hall (New Boston, N.H.) came home on a wild pitch.
Freshman Joe Rousseau (Nashua, N.H.) answered back for the Owls with a three-run home run over the left-centerfield fence, his second round-tripper of the season. Sophomore John Grainger (Keene, N.H.) later added an RBI single.
Jeremy Schilling (Centerville, Mass.) and Mike Masseur (Warwick, R.I.) added two hits each for KSC. Kohler scattered five hits and walked two to improve his record 2-1. Both his wins came against the Panthers. PSU freshman Steve Wheeler (Lancaster, N.H.), who worked the first five innings, took the loss.
PSU plays another in-state road contest on Thursday, visiting Colby-Sawyer for a non-conference encounter (3:30 p.m.) Keene State hosts Westfield State in a non-conference game Thursday (3:30 p.m.)
(Courtesy of KSC Sports Information)
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