KEENE, N.H. – Sophomore Jamie Morin (Goffstown, N.H.) tossed a complete four-hitter and Keene State College banged out 15 hits Wednesday afternoon to lead the Owls to a 12-3 Little East Conference baseball victory over rival Plymouth State University.
Keene State, ranked 25th nationally and third in New England, remains on top of the LEC standings at 7-1 in conference play, (21-9 overall. Plymouth State drops to 9-18 overall and 2-6 in the LEC.
KSC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI single to left by Jeremy Schilling (Centerville, Mass.). Schilling stole second tying the Owl season record (19), but was left stranded. The Owls added four more runs in the second on infield hits by Josh Watkins (Keene, N.H.) and James Chevalier (Amherst, N.H.) and a pair of infield outs.
In the bottom of the sixth, KSC increased its lead to 7-0 on a RBI single from Jeff Perkins (Dunbarton, N.H.) and a run producing double by Schilling.
Plymouth State scored all three of their runs in the seventh on KSC errors.
The Owls got the three runs back in the bottom of the inning with Ryan Jones (Nashua, N.H.) and Chevalier hitting RBI singles. They added two more run in the eighth with Greg Ford (Nashua, NH.) knocking in a run with a single.
Nick Arroyo (Northridge, Ca.) went 3-for-3 at the plate while Perkins, Chevalier, Schilling and Ford knocked in two runs each for the Owls.
Senior Adam Kobeski (Walpole, N.H.) and junior Steve Campo (Londonderry, N.H.) had two hits each for PSU. Kobeski and freshman Josh Roberti (Cranston, R.I.) had Panther RBIs.
Morin, who gave up three unearned runs, struck out five and walked one to improve to 3-1. PSU sophomore starter Chip Hale (Londonderry, N.H.) who fanned four and issued four walks took the loss for the Panthers. He is now 3-3.
Winning both games against the Panthers this season, Keene State has won the last seven games between the two teams.
Keene State is at Westfield State on Thursday (3:30 p.m.). Plymouth State hosts Colby-Sawyer on Friday (3:30 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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