MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Keene State College baseball team turned four double plays and took advantage of six Plymouth State University errors Friday afternoon and handed the Panthers an 8-3 defeat in a Little East Conference game played at MerchantsAuto.com Stadium, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Both teams recorded 11 hits but the Owls scored seven unearned runs to capture the victory. It was a 5-3 game after six innings before Keene State put the game away with three runs in the top of the ninth inning. The Owls improve to 17-9 overall and 4-1 in conference play, while the Panthers fall to 8-13 and 3-4.
Junior Ryan Jones (Nashua, N.H.) and Joe Rousseau (Nashua, N.H.) and freshman Beau Darak (Londonderry, N.H.) collected two hits apiece to lead the winners, with Rousseau scoring three runs. Freshman Anthony Cipolla (Glastonbury, Conn.) added a double and two RBI for KSC.
Senior Josh Labossiere (Lincoln, R.I.) went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the Panthers, but was charged with two errors in center field. Junior Brandon Hodge (Bradford, Vt.) and senior Jamie Aceto (Cumberland, R.I.) also collected two hits for the Panthers.
The Owls took a 3-0 lead with single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. PSU got on the board in the last of the fifth when sophomore Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.) doubled and later scored on an infield out. Both teams plated a pair of runs in the sixth inning before Keene State pulled away in the ninth.
Junior left-hander Jamie Morin (Goffstown, N.H.) picked up the win for Keene State, improving to 3-2 after working six innings and allowing just one earned run. Junior Chip Hale (Londonderry, N.H.) had a solid outing for PSU, going seven innings and giving up seven hits and one earned run, but took the loss to fall to 3-5.
Both teams continue conference play this weekend. PSU visits Southern Maine and Keene State travels to UMass Boston for 12 noon doubleheaders on Saturday, and the Panthers and Owls will meet again on Sunday in Plymouth (2:00 p.m.) Sunday's game was originally scheduled to be played in Keene on April 4, and has been postponed four times, and will now be moved to a different location.
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