FORT MYERS, Florida - The Plymouth State College baseball team dropped a pair of games to Calvin College (Mich.) Tuesday in the annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, 6-5 in eight innings and 10-3 in the scheduled seven innings.
PSC is now 3-3 on the Florida trip. The Panthers won their first two games Sunday over Augusburg (Minn.), 8-7, and St. Thomas (Minn.), 7-6, then split a pair Monday, losing in extra innings to Fredonia State (NY), 10-9, but coming back with an 8-5 triumph over Colby.
Calvin College got a pinch-hit home run from Aaron Wiers in the bottom of the seventh in Tuesday's opener to force extra innings. PSC plated one run in the top of the eighth, only to see Calvin come back with two in the bottom half of the inning to win it. Freshmen Matt Tupman (Concord, NH) and Dan Silva (Berlin, Conn.) each had two hits for PSC. Sophomore Jim Arguimbau (Sharon, Mass.) suffered the loss.
Calvin tagged PSC starter Nate Provencher (Wilton, NH) for four runs in the top of the first inning of the nightcap. The Panthers got it back to 4-3 in the third inning, but Calvin put it away with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and a four-spot in the seventh. Freshman Phil Pagan (Nashua, NH) had two hits for PSC, and classmate Matt Salokangas (New Ipswich, NH) hit his first career home run.
PSC concludes the nine-game Florida trip with a Thursday doubleheader against Hope College of Michigan (9 a.m.) and a Friday single game against Middlebury (9 a.m.).
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