PLYMOUTH, N.H. - David Sampson threw a complete game and Plymouth State University scored seven runs in the first two innings to cruise to a 10-2 win over the Keene State College baseball team a Little East game Tuesday afternoon at Parish Field.
- Keene State: 9-22, 3-11 LEC
- Plymouth State: 14-20, 5-9 LEC
How It Happened
The Owls took a 1-0 lead in the opening half inning, but then watched Plymouth race out to a 7-2 advantage after just two innings and never recovered after that. Ryan Linehan went 2-for-4 and scored a run, while Connor Longley had a hit and drove in a run in four at bats. Connor Walsh went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Ryan Richard and Gavin Cook combined to go 4-for-8 with five runs batted in and and a walk on the afternoon for PSU.
KSC's early lead was courtesy of back-to-back hits in the top half of the first, as Walsh doubled to left and Longley followed with an RBI single up the middle for a 1-0 lead. Plymouth swiftly took control after that, though, as the game turned into a runaway. Jimmy Zimolka singled to center to lead off the bottom half of the inning and stole second before scoring on Josh Goulet's hit, tying the game. A base hit off the bat of Ryan Richard and a sac fly from Geoff Kayo provided two more runs later in the inning, putting the Panthers up 3-1. The Owls drew within one for the moment after another single run in the second on singles from Linehan and Sam Czel, but then surrendered four in the bottom of the second to fall behind 7-2. Three of the first four reached in that frame, and another single from Richard, this one plating two runs, put the Panthers up five.
That proved to be more than enough for Sampson, who allowed just two baserunners over the next five innings, one when Czel was plunked in the fifth, and the other a John Tarascio single in the sixth. Plymouth made it a 9-2 lead during that span thanks to Cook's two-run double down the right field line in the bottom of the fifth, and broke into double-digits in the seventh. The Owls put two on with one down in the eighth looking for a last ditch rally, but a pop out and a fly out ended that, and Sampson finished what he started after retiring three of four batters in the ninth. He improved to 2-1 on the season, allowing two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out eight.
Brian Vieira (1-3) allowed four earned runs over four innings and took the loss, while Alex Koletar, Sam Cloutier, and Bobby Baril also got relief work. Baril struck out two over 1 1/3 innings, and Koletar also fanned two while allowing two runs (none earned) in two innings.
Around the Horn
- Tarascio extended his hitting streak to 11 games and maintained his .326 season batting average.
- KSC and Plymouth split the season series, with the Owls previously picking up a 10-3 win at Franklin Pierce University on March 26.
- Keene State wraps up the non-conference portion of their 2019 schedule tomorrow, May 1, when they travel to Middlebury College for a 4:00 pm start.
- Plymouth State goes to third-ranked University of Southern Maine on Friday, May 3 for a doubleheader that starts at 12:00 pm. The Panthers need a sweep and help in order to make next week's Little East tournament.