PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Kevin Levandowski (Derry, N.H.) hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two Sunday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University baseball team to a 5-2 victory over Norwich University and a sweep of the non-conference doubleheader at Panther Park.
The Panthers captured the first game of the twinbill with a 6-5 verdict. PSU concludes a 6-2 week that improved its overall record to 12-22, while Norwich, playing for the first time in eight days, dropped to 4-22.
Most of the scoring in the opener was done in the first three innings, as the game was tied 5-5 after three. PSU pulled ahead 6-5 in the bottom of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by senior Brandon Hodge (Bradford, Vt.), which ended up being the game-winning run.
Levandowski went 4-for-4 for PSU in the opener with four singles, three stolen bases and two runs scored. Hodge finished with two hits and three RBI, contributing run-scoring singles in the first and third innings. Freshman pitcher Seth Labossiere (Lincoln, R.I.) improved his record to 3-1 with the complete-game effort for PSU, blanking the Cadets over the last four innings and finishing with six strikeouts.
Freshman Brett Manning (Island Pond, Vt.) and sophomore Dominic Sorrentino (Wakefield, Mass.) had two hits and scored two runs each for Norwich. Freshman Emilio Martinez (Brunswick, Maine) also contributed a two-run single in the second inning rally.
Norwich took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap. After loading the bases with no outs, sophomore David Wygonski (Vernon Hills, Ill.) delivered an RBI single and another run came home on a PSU infield error. PSU got the two runs back in the third inning on Hodge's team-leading seventh home run of the season, a line drive over the right-field fence.
It stayed 2-2 until the last of the seventh, when junior Josh Roberti (Cranston, R.I.) blooped a double to right, classmate Marc McGinnis (Hanover, Mass.) walked, and Levandowski ended it with his fourth home run of the season.
Senior Ryan Lavelle (Middleboro, Mass.) picked up the win in relief for PSU, improving his record to 3-2. He came on in the seventh inning in relief of freshman Mike Moody (Manchester, N.H./Central), who allowed just two runs (one earned) in six-and-two-thirds innings.
Wygonski had two hits in the nightcap to lead the Cadets. Senior Jason Nickerson (Bethel, Vt.) pitched well but suffered the loss with a complete-game effort.
Both teams are back in action on Thursday with non-conference doubleheaders, PSU visiting New England College and Norwich hosting Lyndon State.
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