LYNDON, Vt. - Plymouth State College's baseball team came from four runs down in the eighth inning to take a two-run lead in the 10th inning Sunday, only to see Lyndon State plate three runs in the bottom of the 10th and capture an 11-10 non-conference victory over the Panthers.
PSC had scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings, then added two more in the top of the 10th before LSC's comeback. The loss snaps Plymouth State's six-game winning streak, dropping the Panthers to 17-14-1 overall.
The Panthers scored two unearned runs in both the first and third innings. Freshman starter Marc Petz (Woodstock, CT) was touched for six runs, but only two earned, in 4.1 innings. Classmate Chris Mann (Leominster, MA) was effective over the next 4.2 innings, allowing only five hits and two runs (one earned). A third freshman, Jon Albertini (Franklin, MA) was charged with the loss after giving up three runs on one hit in the 10th.
PSC's eighth inning comeback was keyed by senior Todd Steffanides (Fitchburg, MA), who drove in a pair with a double, his school-record 16th of the season. Steffanides then scored on a single by Jim Freda (Windham, NH).
With one out in the ninth and PSC trailing by a run, junior Jason Freeman (Manhasset, NY) cracked a one-our, bases-loaded single to score pinch-runner Shane Balon (Manchester, NH), but the next two batters were retired to send the game into extra innings.
The Panthers loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th on two walks and a single, then plated two runs on Lyndon State errors. The Hornets avoided further trouble with a double play. In the bottom half of the inning, Ryan Farley was hit by a pitch and Jay Crimes walked to open the frame. Tommy Nutting doubled to score one run, and after an intentional walk to Brian LaLime to load the bases, Jim Brooks tied the score with a sacrifice fly. Nutting scored the game-winner on the next play when PSC couldn't turn the inning-ending double play on Cory Line's infield grounder.
PSC, 17-14-1 overall, wraps up the regular season this week with four key Little East Conference games, Tuesday (May 4) at home vs. Keene State (3:00 p.m.), Wednesday (May 5) in the rematch at Keene State (3:00 p.m), and a doubleheader Saturday (May 8) at Southern Maine (12:00 p.m.).
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