Davis drives in career-high five runs in game two
KEENE, N.H. – Senior Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) had four hits and drove in a career-high five runs in game two as Plymouth State University swept a Little East Conference (LEC) doubleheader against Keene State College at the Owl Athletic Complex on Sunday.
With the wins Plymouth State improves to 21-11 overall and 9-1 in the Little East. Keene State drops to 8-18 and 4-6 in conference action.
Keene had an early scoring opportunity in the second inning after two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one away, but starter Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) got a strikeout and infield popup to escape unscathed.
The Panthers finally broke through in the fifth. Junior Hannah Seidner (Pembroke, N.H.) and sophomore Nora Butler (Templeton, Mass.) singled to open the inning and junior Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) walked to load the bases with nobody out. A wild pitch scored Seidner, but junior Molly St. Germain (Dover, N.H.) buckled down to limit PSU to just the single run after a strikeout, fielder's choice and fly ball retired the side.
With Miller cruising it looked like one run might be enough, but Plymouth added an important insurance run in the sixth. Goss doubled to start the inning and was bunted to third. After a foul out, Seidner came through with a clutch base hit to make it 2-0.
The Owls put together one last rally in the seventh inning. After two quick outs, sophomore JoEllen Racicot (Greenfield, N.H.) singled and freshman Cassie Woods (Mystic, Conn.) drove her in with an RBI double, but Miller recovered to retire the next batter.
Seidner finished 3-for-4, and Butler and Goss both went 2-for-3. Miller (11-6) struck out five and gave up just five hits while earning the complete game win.
St. Germain (5-9) took the loss, surrendering ten hits and the two runs in a complete game effort. Racicot was the only Owl to reach base twice, going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
The PSU bats erupted for 16 hits and the Panthers jumped out to a 10-0 lead after the top of the third in game two. Plymouth used four hits and two hit batsman to score three in the top of the first. Davis singled with two on to drive in the first run and Emerson followed with a run scoring hit of her own. After the second hit batter of the inning loaded the bases the Owls got the second out on a fielder's choice. Junior Kayla Nester (Fairfax, Vt.) drove in a run with a single, but the trail runner was cut down at the plate for the third out.
Plymouth loaded the bases with one out in the second following singles from senior Taylor Wood (Londonderry, N.H.) and Seidner and a fielder's choice for Deyo. Davis drove in two with a base hit and Emerson followed with a run-scoring single. Sophomore Jen Landers (Berlin, N.H.) made it 8-0 with a two-run double.
The Panthers added two more in the third when Davis drove in Deyo and Butler with a single up the middle.
Keene put together a rally in the bottom half of the inning plating four runs on three hits and a PSU fielding error. Only one of the runs was earned. Junior Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) gave way to senior Allison Moylan (Methuen, Mass.), who got out of a two-on, one-out situation.
The teams traded single runs in the fourth, Plymouth's coming on an RBI double by Seidner and Keene's on a run-scoring single by freshman Alexis Blanchette (Hopkinton, N.H.). PSU tacked on another in the top of the fifth courtesy of a KSC throwing error to take a 12-5 lead.
Five of the first six Keene State batters reached to start the bottom of the fifth. Senior Olivia Indorf (South Portland, Maine) had the big hit, a two-run single, and additional runs came home on a throwing error and wild pitch, as the Owls pulled to within three, 12-9.
PSU added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh on an RBI fielder's choice from Emerson and a wild pitch and Miller closed out the win in the bottom half of the inning.
Eight of the nine PSU starters had at least one hit, with five recording multi-hit games. In addition to Davis' big game, Emerson ended 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. The last time Plymouth State had 16 hits and 14 runs in a game was almost exactly two years ago to the day, April 24, 2016, in a 14-6 win over New England College. Moylan earned the win in relief, throwing 1.2 innings and giving up three runs (one earned). Only three of the Owls' nine runs were earned.
Freshman Olivia McGrath (2-7) recorded just three outs while getting tagged for six hits and five runs to suffer the loss. Indorf finished with three hits, two RBI and a run scored.
Plymouth State will host the University of Southern Maine in another key LEC doubleheader on Tuesday (Apr. 24). First pitch of game one is set for 3:30 p.m.
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