Panthers complete weekend trip to New York at 4-0
BRONX, N.Y. – The Plymouth State University baseball team extended its season-opening win streak to four games Sunday afternoon with a non-conference doubleheader sweep of the City College of New York, 6-1 and 17-1, at Randall's Island Field.
Senior Luke Merrill smacked two hits and scored two runs and sophomore Tucker Regan contributed a double and a two-run single to lead PSU in the opener while junior Ryan Wakefield and senior Joe Hudson combined to limit CCNY to one run on three hits.
The Panther erupted for 12 runs in the first inning of the night cap and finished with 17 runs on 16 hits, led by three hits and five RBI by sophomore Jeff Runnals. Regan and junior Steve Beard also collected three hits each and senior Ryan McIntosh and junior Brendan Cosgrove added two hits and two RBI apiece. Junior Rew Wilson allowed only two hits and one run in four innings on the mound, and three Panther relievers each worked one scoreless inning in the win.
PSU broke out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning of the opener on singles by Merrill and Wilson, a triple by Runnals and an infield grounder by junior David Tammaro. CCNY got one back in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by junior Henry Loehrke, but the Pantherts pulled away in the sixth inning with another three runs. After Merrill and Tammaro singled and freshman Paul Reny reached on an error to load the bases, Regan delivered a two-run single and Reny finished the rally by scoring on a double steal.
Wakefield allowed just one run on two hits and three walks in four-and-a-third innings for PSU, striking out five. Hudson caught two batters looking to end the fifth inning with the tying runs in scoring position and pitched scoreless ball in the sixth and seventh to earn his first save.
Eight straight Panthers reached base in the 12-run rally to start the second game. Beard, Runnals and Regan each had two hits in the inning, with Runnals driving in three. Reny also contributed a two-run single. Runnals also added another two-run single during PSU's third-inning rally.
PSU will be back on the diamond next week in Fort Myers, Florida, during the school's Spring Break; the Panthers will play five doubleheaders in seven days in the annual Gene Cusic Classic, beginning Sunday, Mar. 18, against Oneonta State (N.Y.)
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