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Panthers split with Trinity

FT. MYERS, Fla. - Plymouth State College and Trinity College split a baseball doubleheader Thursday in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, with the Bantams blanking the Panthers 7-0 in the opener and PSC coming back with a 5-4 victory in the nightcap.

The split gives PSC a 5-3 record on the spring trip, while Trinity is also 5-3.

In the second game of the day, Plymouth State senior Owen Burke (Sanbornton, N.H.) went the complete-game seven innings, allowing only four hits to the Bantams to pick up his second victory of the season (2-0). Senior Jay Zinis (Manchester, N.H./West). had the key hit for PSC, cracking a two-run homer in the fourth inning to put the Panthers ahead to stay.

Senior Scott Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.) had three hits in the game for PSC, including a triple. Senior Robbie Burr (Concord, N.H.) also had a pair of singles.

The Panthers could muster only five hits in the first game off junior right-hander Kevin Tidmarsh (Meriden, Conn.), two by Zinis. Tidmarsh struck out eight Panther batters, while junior Angel Resto (Framingham, Mass.) continued his hot play for Trinity by blasting his third home run of the season in the sixth inning. Sophomore Josh Forest (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) took the loss (0-1) for Plymouth State.

PSC completes action in Florida Friday morning (9:00 a.m.) with a single game against Sufflok University. The first game back in New England is slated for Saturday, Mar. 29, at Eastern Connecticut.