Arsenault pitches Panthers to Little East victory in home opener
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H./Phillips Exeter) allowed just one run on four hits and a walk over seven innings Tuesday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 3-1 victory over Keene State College in a Little East Conference baseball game in the home opener at Panther Park.
PSU has won three of its last four conference games to improve to 16-13 overall and 4-6 in the Little East. KSC has dropped six of its last seven to fall to 7-16 overall and 2-8 in the LEC. Plymouth State also edged Keene State last Friday, 4-3, to sweep the season series from the Owls.
Arsenault retired 14 of 15 batters from the first through the fifth inning, and struck out six batters overall to improve his record to 3-1 in the season. Senior Spencer Webb (Warwick, R.I.) pitched two scoreless innings of relief, allowing just two hits, to post his third save of the season and extend his PSU career save record total to 12.
PSU scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning to take the lead. After junior Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) and freshman Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) reached on one-out singles, senior Brandon Cox (Nashua, N.H.) singled home a run and junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) followed with an RBI double.
The teams traded runs in the sixth inning. KSC sophomore Joe Libby (Hooksett, N.H./Trinity) singled through the left side with one out, went to third on a hit by junior Matt Boulay (Stafford Springs, Conn.) and came home on an infield groundout. Libby had three of Keene State's six hits.
The Panthers return to the diamond Thursday with a non-conference doubleheader at Lyndon State College, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Owls return home to host Westfield State in a single game on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
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