Panther Baseball blanks NEC to stop skid

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Freshman Tim Conway (Bedford, N.H./West) scattered five hits and three walks Thursday afternoon, posting his first career victory with a complete-game shutout and leading the Plymouth State University baseball team to a 13-0 non-conference victory over New England College at Panther Park.

Conway struck out seven Pilgrims to even his mark at 1-1. He gave up two walks and a hit in the first inning but got out of the jam with his first strikeout. NEC put runners at second and third with no outs in the ninth inning on a single, a walk and a passed ball, but Conway preserved the shutout by striking out the next three batters.

The Panther bats came alive with 13 runs on 14 hits, helping the team snap a 13-game losing streak. Sophomore Scott Begalle (Rumney, N.H.) and freshman catcher Nick Jaskolka (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) led the hit parade with three hits apiece, with Jaskola smacking a pair of doubles. Junior Vinny Smith (Alvord, Iowa) had two hits and a walk in four trips to the plate, including an RBI triple, and sophomore C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.) had two hits, including a double, scored two runs and knocked in one. Junior Derek Guimond (Lewiston, Maine) walked his first three times up, then cracked a two-run homer to right in the seventh inning, his second round-tripper of the season.

Freshman Bill Walsh (Hull, Mass.) led the Pilgrim batters with three hits.

PSU, 2-17 overall, is back in action Saturday with a Little East Conference doubleheader at Panther Park against UMass Boston (12:00 p.m.). The game was scheduled to be played in Boston but has been moved to Plymouth due to field conditions. NEC, 1-19 overall, returns home to host Eastern Nazarene on Saturday in a Commonwealth Coast Conference twinbill (12:00 p.m.).

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