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Panthers take two from Lyndon State

LYNDONVILLE, Vt. - The Plymouth State College baseball team crept back to within one game of the .500 mark Wednesday by sweeping a non-conference doubleheader from Lyndon State College, 13-3 and 9-4.

The Panthers are now 16-17-1 overall heading into the final weekend of the regular season, while Lyndon State is now 13-15.

With the score tied 3-3 in the opener, PSC plated nine runs in the fifth inning to put the game away. Freshman Derek Guimond (Lewiston, Maine) had the big hit in the inning with a grand slam, his second home run of the season. Junior Jay Zinis (Manchester, N.H./West) also added to the rally with a two-run double.

PSC had jumped out in front in the first game on a two-run homer by junior Matt Price (Epping, N.H.), his sixth of the season and one of his three hits in the game, and classmate Matt Salokangas (New Ipswich, N.H.) rounded out the scoring with a solo home run in the sixth, his seventh of the spring. Freshman Matt Gabellieri (Lincoln, R.I.) also had a pair of doubles and two runs scored, and junior Scott Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.) contributed three hits and two RBI.

Junior Jon Rich (Londonderry, N.H.) worked all six innings to pick up the win and improve his record to 3-1. He allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three.

The Panthers put seven runs of the board before anyone was retired in the first inning of the nightcap, and never looked back. Zinis drove in the first two runs with a double, Price brought home a run with a bases-loaded walk, and sophomore Jay Morgan (Laconia, N.H.) followed with an RBI single. Sophomore Michael Campo (Londonderry, N.H.) then had the big hit of the inning, knocking in three runs with a bases-clearing double.

Morgan added another RBI single in the fourth inning, and Hodsdon drove in PSC's final run in the seventh inning with his fourth base hit of the game. Sophomore Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, N.J.) went the distance for the Panthers to earn his first win of the season (1-1), giving up four runs on eight hits while fanning three.

PSC wraps up the regular season with a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday vs. UMass Boston (the games will be played at Babson College). Plymouth State's LEC playoff hopes lie with the outcome of this weekend's games.