PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Bobby Doyon (Keene, N.H.) smacked three hits, including a double and a home run, and drove in four runs Tuesday afternoon as Keene State College defeated Plymouth State University, 10-6, in a Little East Conference baseball game at Panther Park.
Doyon doubled in a run in the first inning, singled home another in the second and capped a three-run rally in the sixth inning with his eighth home run of the season. The rally helped the Owls regain the lead for good after PSU had battled back from a 5-0 deficit to deadlock the game at 5-5 after five innings. Keene State went on to win to improve to 15-12-1 overall and 4-1 in the Little East, while PSU dropped to 5-19 overall and 1-7 in conference play.
The Owls also got a double and a home run from junior Peter Burgio (Bolton, Conn.) in their 13-hit attack. Keene State used six pitchers in the game, with sophomore Kyle O’Brien (Springfield, N.H.) picking up the win (1-0) in relief.
Junior Bryant Lausberg (Somersworth, N.H.) had three hits and two RBI to lead PSU, including a double and his second home run of the season. Sophomore Mike Cappiello (Westfield, N.J.) also cracked a three-run home run to spur the Panther comeback in the early innings.
Doyon and senior Keith Patnode (Keene, N.H.) had RBI hits in the first inning to give the Owls an early 2-0 lead. An RBI single by Doyon and a sacrifice fly by senior Anthony Cipolla (Glastonbury, Conn.) made it 4-0 in the second inning, and a run-scoring single by junior Vincent Ganz (Waterbury, Conn.) in the third extended the margin to 5-0.
PSU got on the board in the bottom of the third on Cappiello’s three-run homer, and tied the score in the last of the fifth on Lausberg’s two-run blast. The tie didn’t last long as Keene State took the lead for good in the top of the sixth on an RBI double by senior Jesse Cahill (Cranston, R.I.) and Doyon’s two-run homer.
The Panthers got one back in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Joe Eramo (Shirley, Mass.), but Keene State added insurance runs in the seventh on Burgio’s solo homer and in the ninth on an RBI single by sophomore Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.).
KSC earned the season sweep over PSU, coming from behind to defeat the Panthers a week ago in Keene, 5-4.
The Panthers will be back on the diamond on Saturday with a Little East twinbill at the University of Southern Maine. PSU’s home game on Thursday against Lyndon State has been cancelled because LSC has to make up a conference game. Keene State plays a non-conference game Thursday at Fitchburg State.
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