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Keene State sweeps PSC

KEENE, N.H. - Playing its first home games of the season, the Keene State College softball team swept rival Plymouth State College 5-0 and 9-1 Tuesday in a Little East Conference softball doubleheader at Owl Stadium Complex.

Keene State (10-8, 5-1 LEC) extended its winning streak to five games, while PSC (3-15, 1-7) saw its losing skid reach seven straight.

The opener was a 1-0 game until Keene State broke it open with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore Shauna Mullen had two RBIs and classmate Katie Thompson pitched a complete-game four-hitter (six K's) to lead the Owls.

Freshman Michelle Knox (Gilmanton, N.H.) had two of PSC's four hits, including a lead-off double in the fourth, but she was left stranded at third.

Freshman Abbi Collis hit her first collegiate home run and had five RBIs to lead KSC in the nightcap. Her three-run shot in the fifth inning gave the Owls a 7-0 lead. Sophomore Jan Rissacher also added two doubles and an RBI for KSC.

PSC scored its only run in the sixth inning. Sophomores Nikki Gwynn (Littleton, N.H.) and Steph Marsland (Cumberland, R.I.) and freshman Maria Curran (Scarborough, Maine) reached base with singles, and pinch runner Heidi Beaulac (Newmarket, N.H.) scored on a bases-loaded walk to freshman Mo Cancellieri (Stoughton, Mass.).

After three weeks of postponements, PSC finally plays its first home games of the season Thursday (Apr. 19) with a non-conference doubleheader against Saint Joseph's College (4 p.m.)