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Panthers take two from St. Joe's

WINDHAM, Maine - Plymouth State College scored 30 runs on 29 hits Sunday evening, sweeping a non-conference baseball doubleheader from St. Joseph's College, 11-0 and 19-3.

It was the Panthers' first appearance in over a week, as their four previous dates were postponed by weather and field conditions. Sunday's games were moved to a 5:00 p.m. start, which improved the field but caused temperatures to drop to near freezing.

PSC (7-6 overall) won the opener 11-0 with a 13-hit attack, including a 4-for-4 effort from sophomore Derek Guimond (Lewiston, Maine) and a 3-for-5 with four-RBI performance from senior Jay Zinis (Manchester, N.H./West). Senior Matt Salokangas (New Ipswich, N.H.) also had a pair of hits, and classmates Scott Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.) and Matt Price (Epping, N.H.) each drove in two runs.

The Panthers went with a committee approach on the mound in both games. Junior Josh Forest (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) and freshman Gaylon Lucas (Woodsville, N.H.) each worked two scoreless innings in the opener, with Forest earning the win to even his record at 1-1. Juniors Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, N.J.) and Mike Bradbury (Chatham, Mass.) and freshman Mike Dreesen (Boxford, Mass.) all worked one scoreless inning in relief.

Hodsdon and junior Nick Libera (Cromwell, Conn.) led PSC with three hits apiece in the nightcap, which was shortened to five innings. Libera also knocked in three runs. Price drove in five runs, four coming on a first-inning grand slam, his first home run of the season. Guimond added two more hits to finish the twinbill 6-for-7.

Senior Owen Burke (Sanbornton, N.H.) pitched two perfect innings in the nightcap and was credited with the win to improve to 3-1. Seniors Jon Rich (Londonderry, N.H.) and Jason Egan (Sharon, Mass.) each worked an inning of scoreless relief.

St. Joseph's managed just five hits in the doubleheader, one in the nightcap, and fell to 4-12.

Next on the PSC schedule is a Little East Conference home game Wednesday against Keene State (3:00 p.m.), but the game is tentative due to snow at Panther Park.