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Plymouth State Baseball edges Keene State

Thompson, Regan lead Panthers over rival Owls

            KEENE, N.H. – Junior Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) singled home two runs to highlight a three-run sixth-inning Friday afternoon and the Plymouth State University baseball team held off a Keene State College comeback for a 4-3 Little East Conference victory at Owl Athletic Complex.

            Plymouth State improves to 14-11 overall and 2-5 in the LEC, while the Owls drop to 6-14 overall and 1-6 in conference play.

            Senior Tucker Regan (Niantic, Conn.) earned the win (3-1) on the mound for PSU, giving up just one run over seven innings and scattering four hits and three walks, striking out four. Senior Zach Cogswell (Allenstown, N.H.) allowed a run in eighth inning, and senior Ryan Wakefield (Sanbornton, N.H.) surrendered a run in the ninth but closed out the game for his fourth save of the season.

            Plymouth State took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) reached on an error and scored on a single to center by sophomore Jake Broom (New London, N.H.)  PSU tacked on three more in the top of the sixth; Junior Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) doubled to right to plate a run, and Thompson singled in a pair to make it 4-0.

            KSC began the comeback with a two-run eighth inning.  Billy Hartmann led off with a double to left field, and Nick Vita smoked a two-out double to center to bring in Hartmann and get KSC on the board. Cody Dube followed up with a single through the right side to bring in Vita and halve the deficit.

            The Owls put a runner on in the ninth when Brett Dootson reached on Wakefield's throwing error. Dootson moved all the way to third on Vinny Parilla's single to right, and Parilla stole second to put the tying run in scoring position. Hartmann made it a 4-3 game with a right field single, and Libby walked to load the bases with one out.  Wakefield got the second out on a foul out to the catcher, and struck out the next batter swinging to end the game.

            Both teams play LEC road doubleheaders Saturday as PSU travels to the University of Southern Maine beginning at 12 noon, and KSC visits the University of Massachusetts Boston for a 4:00 p.m. twinbill in Brockton, Mass.

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