Garnett's three-run home run boosts Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior James Garnett (Newport, R.I.) hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning Thursday afternoon and that proved to be the difference in a 4-3 Little East Conference baseball win for Plymouth State University over Keene State College at Panther Park.
The outcome evened the season series between the two teams at one game apiece. PSU improved to 18-16 overall and 6-4 in the Little East, while Keene State dropped to 15-19 overall and 3-7 in conference play.
The teams traded manufactured runs in the third inning. Keene took the lead as Joe Libby reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Christian Bourgea's infield single. PSU answered in the bottom half of the inning when freshman Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) walked, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Jake Broom (New Lon don, N.H.).
PSU scored the decisive runs in the fourth when senior Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) singled, junior Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) walked, and Garnett blasted his team-leading sixth home run of the season to right field. Keene State got one run back in the fifth inning on an RBI groundout by Bourgea, but that ended up as the extent of the scoring.
KSC threatened in the eighth inning when Hartmann led off with a walk, but PSU reliever Matti Doxter (Somersworth, N.H.) got Bourgea to fly out and induced an inning ending double play from Trevor Chapin. The Owls got another run back with a two-out, solo home run from Connor Longley in the top of the ninth, but Doxter struck out Kolby Reggione to end the game.
PSU graduate student Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, Mass.) earned the win for PSU, pitching seven innings and allowing just two runs on three hits and five walks, fanning four. Doxter earned his first save, working the last two inning and giving up just the one hit by Longley. Michael Crimi took the loss (2-3) for KSC, while Keith Simpson pitched three innings of one-hit relief.
Plymouth State plays a Little East twin bill Saturday at noon at Panther Park against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Keene State closes out the year with five games at home, starting with a visit from the University of Southern Maine on Saturday at noon.
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