Beard continues hot bat at plate for Panthers
KEENE, N.H. – Freshman Brett Dootson (Marlborough, Conn.) doubled home two runs to highlight a three-run fifth inning Tuesday afternoon, and Keene State College went on to a 5-1 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference baseball game at the Owl Athletic Complex.
The teams traded runs in the first inning before Keene State pulled away with the three-run fifth inning, and the Owls tacked on an insurance run in the eighth. PSU had gotten a runner to third base in the fourth and fifth innings looking to take a lead, but couldn't push the runner across home plate.
Keene State won its sixth game in a row, improving to 17-16 overall and 7-3 in the Little East, while PSU fell to 16-16 overall and 3-7 in conference play.
Senior Steve Beard (Middleton, Mass.), who reached base four times for PSU with two hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch, scored the first run of the game in the top of the first. Beard and junior Rob Madonna (Cranston, R.I.) led off with walks and senior Ryan McIntosh (Lincoln, N.H.) singled to load the bases. Keene State induced a double-play ball but Beard came home with a run to give PSU the lead.
Senior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H.) helped the Owls answer in the bottom half of the inning. Bates led off with a single to right, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored while sophomore Tanner Chase (York, Maine) was stealing second base.
The Owls took the lead in the fifth as junior Andrew Gummow (Brookline, Mass.) walked, sophomore Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H.) doubled, and Dootson brought them both home with a double to right. After two walks loaded the bases, Dootson scored on a fielder's choice ground ball.
Freshman Cody Dube (Windham, Maine) picked up the win in relief, allowing just one unearned run on two hits and three walks, striking out four. Junior Tucker Regan (Niantic, Conn.) started and took the loss for PSU.
Plymouth State returns home to host Castleton State College Wednesday in a non-conference affair (4:00 p.m.) Keene State puts its winning streak on the line Thursday at home against Daniel Webster College.
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