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March 19, 2013

PSU Baseball takes two of three Tuesday in Florida

Panthers sweep So. Vermont, fall to UW-Oshkosh

            FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Plymouth State University baseball team won its first two games of the day Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep of Southern Vermont College, but dropped a tough 3-2 decision to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the completion of a game suspended by rain on Monday.

            PSU won a tight game over SVC in the opener, 5-2, and then out-hit the Mountaineers 19-2 in the second game en route to a 13-1 victory.  PSU then picked up the game against Oshkosh with the score 1-0 in the second inning, extended its lead to 2-0, but saw the Titans score three unearned runs in the third inning and hold on for the 3-2 win.  PSU completed the day with a 6-2 record, while Southern Vermont is now 2-3 and UWO is 6-0.

            The Panthers have a single game against Utica College Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Game 1 – Plymouth State 5, SVC 2

            The Panthers didn't take long to grab the lead in as they loaded the bases with three-straight singles to left before junior Brandon Cox (Nashua, N.H.) knocked in two with a double to left center. A wild pitch brought in another runner as Cox moved to third, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, N.H.).

            PSU would tack on another in the second when sophomore Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) ripped a double to the left field gap to bring around Dan Armstrong (Danville, N.H.).

            The Mountaineers were hard pressed to get any momentum offensively as Panther starting pitcher Michael Welch (Westfield, Mass.) surrendered only three hits through the first four innings. Southern Vermont was able to load the bases with two outs in the fifth but was unable to bring any in. SVC reliever Dustyn Marfyak (Torrington, Conn.) threw well out of the bull pen to stop the Panthers from increasing their lead, throwing five innings while not allowing a run on two hits and two walks. He struck out four on the morning.

            Southern Vermont was able to get on the board in the top of the sixth as a lead-off walk and ensuing double by sophomore Cody LaBadia (Howes Caves, N.Y.) would turn out to be runs for the Mountaineers. A bases-loaded fielder's choice scored the pinch-running freshman Walter Ramos (Yonkers, N.Y.), and a Plymouth error resulted in LaBadia crossing the plate. The would be it, however, as Plymouth St. hard-throwing junior closer Ryan Wakefield (Sanbornton, N.H.) came in to seal the deal for his first save of the season.

            Welch (1-0) took home the win while SVC freshman righty Adam Michaud (East Hampton, Conn.) was tagged with the loss.

Game 2 – Plymouth State 13, SVC 1 

            Plymouth again stormed out to an early lead as back-to-back doubles to start the game were followed by senior Ryan McIntosh (Lincoln, N.H.) getting plunked. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, and a Cox poke over Mountaineer first baseman Corey Armstrong (Bennington, Vt.) to bring in the second Panther run. A walk and then a single by sophomore Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) brought in McIntosh, and a sacrifice fly from Armstrong saw PSU up 4-0.

            The Panthers would add another in the second with a Cox single to right that moved Reny to third; he was then waved home as the ball was bobbled in the outfield. PSU continued to change the board in the top of the third with as the Panthers had a two-out rally that included a stolen base by senior Steve Beard (Middletown, Mass.); as the throw went down to second, senior Brendan Cosgrove (Merrimack, N.H.) headed for home to make it a 7-0 ballgame. A McIntosh single to right field allowed Beard to round third and score.

            Southern Vermont struggled to get anything going offensively against Panther starting junior righty Tucker Regan (Niantic, Conn.) who only gave up one hit in four innings of work. He struck out three and only walked one batter. Regan earned his first win of the season (1-0) while Southern Vermont senior captain Max Ginter (Hamden, Conn.) is hit with the loss (1-1).

            S VC sophomore Jarod Hayen (Esperance, N.Y.) was 1-1 while his replacement, junior Corey B. Briggs (Adams, Mass.) plated the only SVC run of the game.

            Beard finished the game 4-6 with two runs scored and an RBI. Reny went 3-6 with three runs scored and one batted in. McIntosh and Cosgrove had two RBIs apiece.

(Photo of Tucker Regan (Right) Courtesy of SVC Sports Information)

UW-Oshkosh 3, Plymouth State 2

            Plymouth State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Monday when freshman Jake Broom (New London, N.H./Kearsarge) reached on an error, was sacrificed to second by Reny and scored on Cox's single to right field. The game was suspended in the second inning Monday with PSU leading, 1-0.

            When the game resumed Tuesday, Reny delivered an RBI single for the Panthers to extend the lead to 2-0.  The Titans scored three unearned runs in their first at bat of the day in the bottom of the second inning without getting the ball out of the infield.  The inning included a walk, two hit batters, an infield error, a wild pitch, a sacrifice bunt and two infield grounders.

            Plymouth State managed just two hits the rest of the way, a third-inning single by Cox and a sixth-inning by Armstrong. UWO had just three hits over the last four innings.

            Sophomore Josh Young (Somersworth, N.H.) turned in a complete-game effort for PSU, finishing the two days with six innings, allowing just three unearned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six.  The Titans pitchers combined to allow just five hits, one walk and one earned run. 

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