PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Keene State College got a terrific pitching performance from senior Bill Williams Wednesday en route to a 15-2 Little East Conference baseball triumph over Plymouth State College at Panther Field.
Williams struck out a career-high 16 batters, allowing just one run on two hits and five walks, to improve his record to 4-3. He fell two Ks short of the KSC single-season strikeout mark, and was lifted after eight innings with a 15-1 lead. His only mistake was in the second inning, when PSC freshman Jay Zinis (Manchester, NH) cracked his third home run of the season.
The Owls also pounded PSC pitching for 15 runs on 13 hits. The Panther defense didn't help matters, committing seven errors.
Keene State, which defeated PSC Tuesday in Keene, 10-1, completes the LEC sweep and improves to 17-14-1 overall. PSC drops 15-14-1 overall. The Owls also improve to 7-5 in the Little East, which ties UMass Dartmouth for third place, while PSC remains in sixth place in the LEC at 3-7.
The Owls scored at least a run in seven of the nine innings. Freshman Justin Hickman had three hits, including a double and a triple, and scored four runs. Senior Marc Dube also had three hits and two RBI, and Kelly Charbono, Doug Morse and Keith Jacobson all registered two hits apiece.
PSC ace Jeff Morgan (Laconia, NH) started and worked five innings, but didn't have his best stuff and fell to 5-2. He allowed eight runs (five earned) on five hits and three walks, striking out seven.
The Panthers complete the regular season with a pair of LEC doubleheaders this weekend at Panther Field - Saturday against Southern Maine (12 noon) and Sunday against Western Connecticut (1 p.m.). Keene State wraps up its regular season Saturday at home with an LEC twinbill vs. UMass Boston (12 noon).
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