MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The Middlebury College baseball team defeated Plymouth State University for the second straight season in the team's home-opener, as the host Panthers picked up a 6-3 victory over the visiting Panthers Wednesday afternoon at Forbes Field.
Junior Kevin Levandowski (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) continued his hot hitting for Plymouth State with a pair of hits and an RBI in five trips to the plate. Levandowski extended his hitting streak to 15 games, and now has at least two hits in five straight games (13-for-23 in that span). Freshman Matt Koban (Bradford, N.H.) also reached base in all five plate appearances for PSU with four walks and a base hit.
Plymouth State took a 1-0 lead in the second on a solo homer to left by senior John Pogorzelski (Hillsborough, N.J.), his first of the season. Middlebury took a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the inning on an RBI ground out by seniors Nick Lefeber (Branford, Conn.) and an RBI single to right by Gabe Broughton (Barrington, Ill.)
Levandowski singled in freshman Grant Livington (Niantic, Conn.) to tie the game at two in the top of the third inning.
Middlebury opened the game up a bit in the fourth, with four runs on a just a pair of hits. Broughton had a two-run single to spark the inning, plating junior Andrew Matson (Coventry, R.I.) and sophomore Erich Enns (Lansdale, Pa.).
PSU added a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Pogorzelski, but it wasn't enough as senior Jack Britton (Carmel, Calif.) earned the save with two innings of scoreless work. Junior Steve Shortle (Rutland, Vt.) picked up the win, allowing two runs over four innings. Senior John Lanahan (Jacksonville, Fla.) had a 3-for-4 day with a double and triple, Broughton ended the game 2-5 with three RBI, while freshman Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.) had a pair of hits for the winners.
Freshman John Andersch (Concord, N.H.) started and worked three-plus innings on the mound for PSU, suffering the loss (1-3). Seniors Ryan Lavelle (Middleboro, Mass.) and Justin Flanagan (Hingham, Mass.) combined to throw five innings of scoreless relief, Lavelle going three innings and Flanagan the last two, each giving up only two hits and a walk.
Middlebury returns to action on Thursday at St. Michael's, while Plymouth State plays Rivier College in a neutral site in Belmont, Massachusetts (3:30 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information)
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