PSC Baseball downs Franklin Pierce for fourth straight win

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College scored 10 runs in the first three innings Thursday, and freshman Jim Arguimbau (Sharon, MA) pitched into the eighth inning for his first career win as PSC knocked off Franklin Pierce, 12-5, in a non-conference baseball game at Panther Field.

Arguimbau worked seven and two-thirds innings, allowing seven hits and five runs (three earned). He walked three and struck out one before departing with a seven-run lead, improving to 1-1 this spring. Classmate Mike Orlosky (Middleboro, MA) pitched the final inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk and striking out two.

The PSC offense exploded in the opening frame, starting the inning with four straight singles, followed by a hit batter and another single before anyone was retired. Seniors Mike Bence (Warwick, RI) and Ben DuBois (Franklin, NH) both knocked in two runs in the inning, and Don Jennings (Bradford, VT) drove in a run to put PSC ahead 5-0.

The Panthers added two more in the second inning off starter Cory Dinon (Schenectady, NY), who took the loss (2-4). Senior Todd Steffanides (Fitchburg, MA) led off with a double, one of his four hits, and came around to score on a double by senior Jim Freda (Windham, NH). Freda advanced to third on a Ravens' throwing error, and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Corey Mastin (Newmarket, NH). Freda and Mastin each finished with three hits and three RBI.

Plymouth State increased its lead to 10-0 in the third. Senior George Gauthier (Rochester, NH) doubled, and Steffanides and Freda followed with RBI singles. Mastin then cracked an RBI triple to put PSC into double figures. The Ravens got on the board in the fifth inning when Matt Mendes (Attleboro, MA) doubled, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on an infield grounder.

PSC got its final two runs in the seventh inning, when Jason Freeman (Manhasset, NY) and Steffanides led off with singles, and scored on Freda's infield groundout and Mastin's run-scoring single.

FPC scored four times in the eighth inning. Sophomore Mal Higgins (Quincy, MA) brought home three runs with a bases-loaded triple, and then Higgins scored on an infield out.

The Panthers, 15-13-1 overall, host UMass Boston Saturday (May 1) in a Little East Conference doubleheader (12:00 p.m.). Franklin Pierce, 15-20 overall, hosts Binghamton Saturday (May 1) in a New England Collegiate Conference doubleheader (12:00 p.m.).

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