PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Bill Green (Montgomery, N.Y.) cracked a double and two home runs and knocked in four Wednesday afternoon to lead Keene State College to a 15-4 victory over rival Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference baseball game at Panther Park.
Green and senior Justin Hickman (Mont Vernon, N.H.), who also had three hits and drove in three, led a 16-hit attack for the Owls. Keene State evened its record at 12-12-1 overall and 4-4 in the LEC, while Plymouth State fell to 3-19 overall and 1-7 in conference play.
Sophomore Jeremy Schilling (Centerville, Mass.) helped the Owls to a 3-0 first-inning advantage with a two-run homer. The Panthers came back with two runs in both the second and third innings. Sophomore C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.) singled in the second inning and later came around to score on a passed ball, and senior Jay Morgan (Laconia, N.H.) brought home a run with an RBI double. Sophomore Adam Kobeski (Walpole, N.H.) gave PSU a 4-3 lead in the third inning with a two-run homer, his second of the season.
Keene State tied the game with a run in the fourth inning as sophomore Justin Cox (East Swanzey, N.H.) delivered an RBI single. The Owls took the lead for good with three runs in the fifth. The first came home on a Panther error, and Hickman and Green both added run-scoring doubles.
Green hit his first homer in the seventh inning to make it an 8-4 score, and the Owls put the game away with six runs in the eighth inning. Hickman registered a two-run single, freshman Matt Beam (Alstead, N.H.) followed with a run-scoring single, senior Tim Kendrick (Middletown, R.I.) chipped in with a sacrifice fly, and Green capped the rally with his second homer of the game and fourth of the season.
Freshman lefthander Rick Stromgren (Keene, N.H.) worked into the eighth inning for the Owls and picked up the win to improve to 3-1.
PSU plays another home game against a Granite State foe on Thursday, hosting Colby-Sawyer at Panther Park (3:30 p.m.). Keene State plays a non-conference game Thursday at Westfield State (3:30 p.m.).
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