PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshmen Alan Schiff (East Hartford, Conn.) and Cody Dube (Windham, Maine) combined on a six-hit shutout Tuesday afternoon as Keene State College blanked Plymouth State University, 3-0, in a Little East Conference baseball game at Panther Park.
Schiff, making his first career start, threw five shutout innings and allowed three hits and no walks while striking out six to earn his first career victory (1-0). Dube worked the final four innings, surrendering three hits and three walks while fanning four to record his fourth save of the season. "My off-speed pitch was working today and I was able to keep their hitter off-balance. I let my fielders work for me," said Schiff. "It's big conference win. Hopefully it will get us rolling."
Sophomores Tanner Chase (York, Maine) and Tanner Luopa (Keene, N.H.) had two hits apiece for the visitors, with Chase driving in a run as the Owls improved to 13-16 overall and 4-3 in the Little East. Senior Steve Beard (Middleton, Mass.) had two hits for the home team but PSU dropped to 14-12 overall and 3-4 in LEC games. The two teams will meet again next Tuesday in Keene.
Keene State took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Chase and Luopa led off with singles, and Chase came around to score on a pair of infield grounders. The Owls added another run in the seventh when sophomore Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H.) walked, was sacrificed to second and scored on Chase's single to left center. Keene added an insurance run in the ninth when junior Nick Vita (Spofford, N.H.) delivered a two-out RBI single to center.
Both teams stranded nine runners on base. Beard led off the PSU first inning with a double but was left at third base, and juniors Brandon Cox (Nashua, N.H./South) and Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, N.H.) singled in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively, but were stranded at third base.
Senior Rew Wilson (Niantic, Conn.) suffered the tough-luck loss for PSU, giving up just two runs on four hits and three walks in seven innings of work, fanning four.
The Panthers are home again on Thursday with a non-conference game against Bates College (4:00 p.m.) Keene State returns home to host Fitchburg State Thursday at the Owl Athletic Complex.