Panthers earn sweep of Castleton State

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College's two senior pitchers recorded victories Sunday as the Panther baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader over Castleton State College at Panther Field, 9-4 and 3-2.

The victories wrap up a string of eight games in six days for the Panthers, a span that saw PSC go 6-2. Plymouth State is now 10-18 overall, while Castleton State is now 11-11.

Senior righthander Brian Neff (Salinas, Cal.) improved his record to 2-1 with a victory in the opener. He worked five-and-two-thirds innings, allowing two runs and six hits and striking out six. Freshman Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, N.J.) finished off the final inning-and-a-third to preserve the win.

Senior lefty Arlan Freeman (Portland, Maine) earned his first victory of the season (1-0) with six innings of work in the nightcap, allowing two runs and seven hits. He worked five scoreless innings before giving up a two-run homer run in the sixth to Jason Chagnon. Junior Jeff Morgan (Laconia, N.H.) pitched the final inning to record his second save.

The Panther bats exploded for nine runs and 17 hits in the first game. Sophomore Matt Salokangas (New Ipswich, N.H.) had four singles to lead the hit parade, while freshman Richie Miller (Manchester, N.H.) and sophomore Scott Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.) added three hits apiece. Miller also drove in a pair and Hodsdon knocked in one. Sophomore Matt Price (Epping, N.H.) cracked his fourth home run of the season, a two-run blast in the first inning. Price and fellow sophomores Jay Zinis (Manchester, N.H./West) and Rob Burr (Concord, N.H.) all finished the opener with two hits each.

PSC got only five hits in the nightcap, but it was enough to pull out the win. Burr had two of the hits, including a two-run homer in the second inning, his fourth of the season. Senior Dakota Smith (Rochester, N.H.) drove in what turned out to be the winning run with a double in the third inning, scoring junior Jon Albertini (Franklin, Mass.), who had walked, stole second and gone to third on an infield out.

After an off-day Monday, PSC plays consecutive non-conference road games Tuesday (May 1) at Dartmouth (3 p.m.), Wednesday (May 2) at Lyndon State (doubleheader at 3 p.m.), and Thursday (May 3) at Colby-Sawyer (3 p.m.). The regular season concludes Saturday (May 5) with a Little East Conference twinbill at home against UMass Boston (12 p.m.)