PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Joe Rousseau (Nashua, N.H.) and freshman Beau Darak (Londonderry, N.H.) recorded two hits and drove in two runs apiece Sunday afternoon as the Keene State College baseball team recorded its fifth straight victory, an 8-3 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University at Panther Park. The game was slated to be played in Keene but was moved to Plymouth due to unplayable field conditions, and KSC batted last as the "home team."
Rousseau and Darak also had two hits each on Friday when Keene State defeated Plymouth State by the same score at MerchantsAuto.com Stadium in Manchester, home of the Double A affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Keene State sandwiched an LEC sweep of UMass Boston on Saturday between the two wins over PSU, and now has a record of 20-9 overall and 7-1 in the LEC. PSU, which dropped two games at Southern Maine on Saturday, falls to 8-16 and 3-7.
The Owls scored four runs on two hits, two walks and a Panther error in the top of the first Sunday, and never looked back. After PSU got one back in the top of the second inning, another Owl unearned run came home in the second inning. Darak added an RBI single in the fifth inning, and the Owls finished their scoring in the sixth when one run scored on another Panther error and a second run came home on a bases-loaded hit batsman.
Plymouth State added a run in the sixth inning on an RBI double by senior Jamie Aceto (Cumberland, R.I.), and tacked on one more in the seventh when senior Dylan Mullin (Derry, N.H.) led off with his first career home run.
Senior Jon Young (Rindge, N.H.) pitched 5 2/3 innings for KSC to improve his record to 2-1. He gave up two runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Junior Justin Flanagan (Hingham, Mass.) pitched well for the Panthers, giving up five hits and one earned run over six innings in relief of sophomore starter Joe Brayton (Medfield, Mass.), who took the loss.
PSU plays a make-up doubleheader Monday at Lyndon State College (2:00 p.m.), while Keene State hopes to play its first home games of the season on Tuesday when Western Connecticut comes to town (12 p.m.)
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