KEENE, N.H.--The Keene State College Department of Athletics and Recreation is mourning the loss of Ryan Lawrence '99, who passed away on August 24.
"Ryan was one of the best players I have had the opportunity to coach in my 32 years as the baseball coach at Keene State," said KSC head coach Ken Howe. "He was a very competitive athlete who still holds numerous records at KSC. I have heard from many alums and he was a great player, person, and a true friend of all who had the opportunity to know and play with Ryan while he was a student-athlete here. He will forever be missed. May your Owl wings fly high in heaven forever."
Lawrence was a four year member of the baseball team at KSC from 1996-99, spanning KSC's transition from Division II to NCAA Division III and the Little East Conference. A First Team All-LEC honoree at second base in 1998 and 1999, Lawrence ranks in the top 10 in five different career categories in KSC history. He ranks eighth in home runs (13), fifth in walks (83), seventh in sacrifice flies (13), 10th in defensive chances (689), and fourth in defensive assists (371).
He also ranks high in several single season categories, including home runs (ninth, seven in 1999), walks (fourth, 31 in 1999 and 10th, 27th in 1999), and defensive assists (sixth, 119 in 1999).
His 1999 team qualified for the LEC tournament as the fifth seed, beating Western Connecticut State, and Rhode Island College twice to reach the final for the first time since joining the LEC.