KEENE, N.H. – Junior pitcher Jim Slack (Manchester, N.H.) notched his second win of the season and Jeremy Schilling (Centerville, Mass.) collected three RBIs Wednesday afternoon to lead the Keene State College baseball team to a 10-4 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University at Owl Athletic Complex.
It was the home season opener and first LEC victory of the year for the Owls. KSC improves to 6-6, while the Panthers fall to 1-14 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
The Owls took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI single from Tim Kendrick (Middletown, R.I.). KSC added five more runs in the third inning that included an RBI single from Mike Masseur (Warwick, R.I.). Justin Hickman (Mont Vernon, N.H.), who later had an RBI hit, scored on a PSU infield error, and Schilling hit a three run double. Matt Beam (Alstead, N.H.) doubled to center field in the fourth and brought home two more runs.
Slack improved to 2-0, hurling six innings with nine strikeouts. The junior pitcher gave up two runs, seven hits, and five walks to notch the win. Senior Nick Libera (Cromwell, Conn.) had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Panthers. Sophomore Scott Begalle (Rumney, N.H.) went 2-for-4 with an RBI double to right field in the fifth inning, and junior Vinny Smith (Alvord, Iowa) had one hit and an RBI for PSU. Senior Josh Forest (Manchester, N.H.), the Panther starter, gave up one run on two hits in his two innings on the mound, but took the loss for Plymouth.
Both teams play again on Thursday, the Owls traveling to New England College (4 p.m.) and the Panthers visiting Becker College (3:30 p.m.).
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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