Harris, Emerson each drive in four in opener
KEENE, N.H. – Senior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) and freshman Madison Harris (Randolph, Mass.) each knocked in a career high four runs to lead Plymouth State University to an 11-2, five-inning win in game one of a Little East Conference (LEC) double header at Keene State College on Tuesday afternoon. The Owls responded with a 12-4 win in five innings in the nightcap.
Plymouth State took advantage of a pair of KSC errors in the top of the first to plate six unearned runs, and the Panthers tacked on four more in the second to take a 10-0 lead. Another PSU run came home in the top of the third and Keene scored twice in the bottom of the frame to cap the scoring.
Keene held a 4-0 lead heading into the top of the fourth inning of game two when the Panthers scored another unearned run to cut into the deficit. The hosts put the game away in the bottom of the frame, though, scoring eight times to take a commanding 12-1 lead. PSU scored three times in the fifth, but Keene was able to get the final out to end the game.
Plymouth State goes to 13-13 on the season and leads the conference with a 6-2 mark. Keene State ends the day at 10-16 and 5-5 in league action.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 11, Keene State 2 (Game One – Five innings)
Plymouth State 4, Keene State 12 (Game Two – Five innings)
Plymouth State (13-13, 6-2 LEC)
Keene State (10-16, 5-5 LEC)
How it Happened (Game One):
* Keene should have been out of the first after three batters, but instead a fielding error and dropped fly ball left runners on second and third with one down. Harris followed with a two-run single to right to get PSU on the board.
* Emerson followed with a two-run double and junior Nora Butler (Tewksbury, Mass.) plated Emerson with a single up the middle before the Owls were able to record the final out.
* Junior Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) worked around a one-out double in the bottom of the frame and the Panthers' offense went right back to work in the second.
* Seniors Hannah Seidner (Pembroke, N.H.) and Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) had back-to-back doubles to put runners on second and third and Harris came through with a two-run single to push the lead to 8-0.
* The Owls recorded a pair of outs, but Landers was hit by a pitch and Emerson smoked a double to left center to drive in two more for a 10-0 lead.
* Senior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) led off the top of the third with a double and Seidner reached on a bunt hit to put runners on the corner and Morrill came home on a double play grounder off the bat of Deyo to push the lead to 11-0.
* Keene got on the board in the bottom of the frame after a two-out rally. A single, hit batter and single pushed one run across and another base hit make it 11-2 before a grounder ended the frame.
* KSC loaded the bases with two away in the bottom of the inning, but Miller got a ground ball to end the game.
Inside the Numbers (Game One):
* Seidner and Harris had three hits apiece for the Panthers. Seidner finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, while Harris wend 3-for-3 with a double, four RBI and a run scored.
* The Panthers pounded out seven doubles in the win, as Emerson (two), Deyo and Morrill all had two-baggers.
* Miller improved to 9-6 after surrendering two runs and scattering seven hits over her five innings of work.
* Senior Molly St. Germain (Dover, N.H.) took the loss (5-8) after allowing 11 runs (five earned) on 13 hits in her five innings of work.
How it Happened (Game Two):
* PSU got the leadoff runner on in each of the first two innings, but were unable to push a run across.
* Keene took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with a one-out single and two-out double, and the Owls added three more in the third on a three-run shot off the bat of sophomore Lauren Rousseau (Richmond, R.I.).
* The Panthers got a run back in the top of the fourth. Deyo led off the frame with a double and moved up on a ground ball. After the second out, Cushing lifted a fly ball to center that was dropped, allowing Deyo to come home, cutting the deficit to 4-1.
* The hosts came right back in the bottom of the frame. After a strikeout to start the inning, ten straight batters reached base as the Owls pushed the lead to 12-1.
* Plymouth attempted to rally in the top of the frame as Butler singled and Morrill doubled to start the inning. Back-to-back groundouts brought in two runs and Harris launched a homer to left to make it 12-4, but Keene recorded the final out to end the game.
Inside the Numbers (Game Two):
* Morrill went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored atop the Panthers' lineup. Deyo went 1-for-3 with a double, run scored and RBI, while Harris (home run) and Butler (single) had the other PSU hits.
* Harris leads the Panthers with 22 runs batted in. Her three home runs on the season are one off the team lead.
* Senior Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) took the loss (4-4), while Landers made her debut in the circle in relief.
* Sophomore Olivia McGrath (Dorchester, Mass.) was the beneficiary of the Owls' offense, improving to 3-3 on the year.
* PSU finally celebrates its home opener on Thursday (Apr. 18) when Rhode Island College comes to town for an LEC double header starting at 3:00 p.m.
* The Owls visit Eastern Connecticut State University for a pair of league games on Saturday (Apr. 20) at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
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