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Plymouth State Baseball stuns LEC-leading Keene State

Runnals, Chatfield holds Owls hitless for nine innings

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Jeff Runnals and senior Bobby Chatfield held Little East Conference-leading Keene State College hitless for nine innings Tuesday afternoon, as the Plymouth State University baseball team upset the Owls, 4-1, in a conference match-up at Panther Park.

            The first two Owl hitters reached base in the top of the first inning, as junior Greg Bates led off with a double to left centerfield and senior Kyle Morrill followed with an RBI single to right center.  That turned out to be the extent of the Owls offense, as Runnals and Chatfield mowed them down the rest of the way.

            PSU improved to 12-15 overall and 2-6 in conference play, while Keene State, ranked fifth in this week's New England Division III poll, drops to 21-9 overall and 6-2 in the LEC, still holding on to first place.  KSC defeated PSU a week ago in Keene, 9-2.

            Runnals worked five innings Tuesday, allowing just the two hits and one run (and two walks), striking out one, while Chatfield came on to toss four no-hit, one-walk innings of relief, striking out six.  Runnals improved to 2-0 with the win while Chatfield earned his first save.

            PSU bounced back to tie the game in the bottom of the first, and added solo runs in the third, sixth and seventh innings. Senior Mike Cappiello singled with two out in the first inning and came around on a double by senior Luke Merrill, and Cappiello then gave PSU the lead for good with a solo home run in the third inning, his team-leading fifth of the season.

            The Panthers tacked on insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings on an RBI double to right center by junior Brendan Cosgrove and a sacrifice fly by junior Rew Wilson.  Cappiello finished with three hits for PSU, while Cosgrove and senior Ryan McIntosh added two each.

            Both teams play non-conference games on Wednesday, PSU visiting Daniel Webster College and KSC hosting Brandeis University. 

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