PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Josh Egan (Sharon, Mass.) cracked a two-out, two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday at Panther Field to give Plymouth State College's baseball team a 4-3 come-from-behind win and deprive New England College its first victory of the season.
The Pilgrims almost pulled out a come-from-behind victory themselves, scoring twice in the top half of the ninth to take a 3-2 lead. But after two were out in the bottom of the ninth, PSC senior Jason Freeman (Manhasset, NY) was hit by a pitch and Egan towered the next offering over the right-center field fence for his second round-tripper of the season.
The outcome made a winner out of PSC sophomore Nate Provencher (Wilton, NH), who pitched the last three innings in relief of Corey Mastin (Newmarket, NH). Provencher allowed two hits and two runs (one earned) with four strikeouts to improve to 1-1, while Mastin surrendered five hits and one unearned run in his six innings of work, fanning eight.
Egan's blast ruined a solid pitching effort by NEC's Jason Martin, who took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth. He allowed four runs and 10 hits while striking out four.
PSC had taken a one-run lead into the ninth inning thanks to RBI doubles by Freeman in the third inning and Dakota Smith (Rochester, NH) in the fifth. But NEC regained the lead in ninth inning, scoring the tying run on a PSC infield error, and plating the go-ahead run on a single by Dan Vieira (Teaticket, Mass.).
PSC, 7-10-1, returns to action Saturday (4/15) in a Little East Conference doubleheader at Rhode Island College (12:00 p.m.). NEC falls to 0-11 on the season.
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