PSU Baseball drops LEC game at Keene State

PSU Baseball drops LEC game at Keene State

Reny collects career-high four hits for Panthers

            KEENE, N.H. – Vinny Parilla continued his hot hitting Tuesday afternoon as the Keene State College baseball team picked up an 8-2 Little East Conference triumph over Plymouth State University at Owl Athletic Complex.

            Keene State is now 8-13 and 2-5 in the LEC, while the Panthers fall to 7-15, and 1-6.

            Junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) had a career-high four hits in five at bats for the Panthers, raising his batting average to a team-high .355. Junior Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) and sophomore Eric Leitch (Lanesboro, Mass.) also had two hits apiece.

            Every KSC starter had at least one hit for the Owls, led by Parilla, who was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI, and has hit safely in eight of his last 14 at-bats. Trevor Chapin had a pair of doubles, while Abe Grainger was 1-for-2 and walked three times.

            KSC touched PSU starter Matt Doxter (Somersworth, N.H.) for a pair of first inning runs;  Cody Dube, batting for the first time this year, singled, and moved to third on Chapin's first double of the day.   Parilla brought in both runners with a single.

            Plymouth State scored its first run in the fourth as sophomore Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) and senior Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) led off with consecutive walks, and two batters later, junior Jake Broom (New London, N.H.) walked to load the bases. Kajewski ended up coming home on a fielder's choice off the bat of Leitch.

            The Owls tacked on two more in the bottom of the fifth on RBI singles from Matt Boulay and Tanner Chase.  PSU made it 4-2 in in the top of the seventh on Hall's RBI double, but KSC reliever Jake Ciolfi got Krajewski to fly out to right to end the inning.

            KSC extended their lead with four runs in the bottom of the eighth as Billy Buscetto and Joe Libby singled, and Dube drew a walk to load the bases.  Robbie Hamilton was hit by a pitch to bring in one run, and Bourgea drew a walk to bring in another.  Grainger singled to make it 7-2, and an error by Hall allowed Bourgea to score.

            Alan Schiff pitched 3.1 innings of one run ball to pick up his first win since 2013.  Kevin Guild started and struck out five in 3.1 innings.  Nate Pedersen earned the save with 1.2 innings of scoreless work.  Doxter took the loss for the Panthers, falling to 2-3.

            KSC will be back in action Wednesday, facing Tufts University in a non-conference game at 3:30.  Plymouth State also heads out of conference Thursday  to play Rivier College at 7:05 p.m.

(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)

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