NEW LONDON, N.H. - Colby-Sawyer College scored five runs in the fifth inning Thursday afternoon and held on for a 7-5 win over Plymouth State University in non-conference baseball action at Kelsey Field. The win also gave Colby-Sawyer head coach Jim Broughton No. 200 for his career.
The Chargers and Panthers were in a scoreless deadlock for the first three innings, as neither team could spark much offense off starters Vinny Vilardi (Boxford, Mass.) or John Andersch (Concord, N.H.). Colby-Sawyer broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the fourth; Shane Hoagboon (Mayfield, N.Y.) came home on a passed ball to start the scoring and Matt Corvo (Stratton Mt., Vt.) added a bases-loaded, two-run single. Chris Gaeta (Lynn, Mass.) contributed a double that plated two more runs.
The Chargers added one more run in the bottom of the fifth, when Andrew Wadleigh (Sharon, Mass.) drove in Chris Hartery (Billerica, Mass.) to give the Chargers the 6-0 advantage.
The Panthers mounted a comeback in the top of the eighth, as they scored five runs thanks to a Steve Picco (Marshfield, Mass.) two-out double that drove in two runs, and two more came home on errors by the Chargers, to get the Panthers to within striking range. PSU had the bases loaded with the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position, but Colby-Sawyer's Kris Ramsay (Gardiner, Maine) came on and shut the door on the Panthers, pitching 1.1 innings, allowing no runs to pick up the save while Chris Baker (Essex Jct., Vt.) recorded the win.
PSU, 6-18, finally plays its home opener this Saturday, hosting a Little East Conference doubleheader against the University of Southern Maine at Panther Park (12:00 p.m.) Colby-Sawyer, 9-17, returns to action Saturday when it hosts Curry College, the nation's No. 7 ranked offense, in a Commonwealth Coast Conference double-header.
(Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information)
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