Panthers pound out 17 hits to win opener
LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Plymouth State University and Lyndon State College baseball teams split a non-conference baseball doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Skip Pound Field, the Panthers unleashing 17 hits in the opener en route to an 11-2 triumph and the Hornets scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in the nightcap to earn a 10-9 victory.
Junior Steve Beard, sophomore Tucker Regan, and seniors Luke Merrill and Justin Campo all had three hits to power the Panthers in the first game, with Regan and Merrill collecting two double apiece. Senior Mike Cappiello added a triple and three RBI.
PSU led just 4-2 after five innings but put the game away with one run in the sixth and six runs in the seventh. Junior Rew Wilson went 4 2/3 innings to get the win and improve to 4-2, allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven, and sophomore Spencer Webb pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of one-hit relief for the Panthers.
The Panthers built a 9-1 lead through the top of the third inning in the nightcap, but Lyndon State rallied with six runs in the bottom of the third to cut the margin to 9-7. It stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh, when singles by Shayne Kirby, James Neal and Shane O'Donnell-Leach set the table for Lyndon State's winning rally. Kirby scampered home on a run-scoring ground out by Cody Gage while the tying and winning runs came home a few pitches later on a Panther error.
Neal got the win in relief for the Hornets while Webb took the loss for PSU. Dylan Newton and Jeremy Rocheleau had two hits for Lyndon (4-20) while Merrill and Campo pounded out three hits each for Plymouth State (11-15).
PSU is home on Tuesday for a Little East Conference game against Keene State (3:30 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Lyndon State Sports Information)
-- 30 --