PSU Baseball nips Utica in Fla. to improve to 7-2

Cogswell, Armstrong lead Panthers to 9th inning win

            FORT MYERS, Fla. – Junior Zach Cogswell (Allenstown, N.H./Pembroke Academy) pitched six scoreless innings of relief and sophomore Dan Armstrong (Danville, N.H./Timberlane) had four hits, including the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Plymouth State University baseball team edged Utica College, 5-4, Wednesday morning in the Gene Cusic Classic.

            Cogswell came on in the fourth inning with PSU down 4-2, and allowed just five hits and a walk while striking out four to record his first win of the season.  He got himself out of bases-loaded trouble in the sixth inning by starting a 1-2-3 double play to end the threat, and he pitched his way out of jams in the eighth and ninth innings when he induced consecutive fly balls after the Pioneers put two runners on base in both innings.   The outcome gives PSU a 7-2 record this season, while Utica slips to 0-4.

            Armstrong reached base in all five plate appearances for PSU with a double, three singles and a hit by pitch.  Senior Dave Tammaro (Cheshire, Conn.) also collected two hits for the Panthers.

            After Utica manufactured a run in the top of the first, PSU tied it in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly by senior Ryan McIntosh (Lincoln, N.H.).  Tammaro singled in the second inning and later scored on an infield grounder by sophomore Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) to put PSU up 2-1, but the Pioneers rallied with three runs in the top of the third inning to pull ahead, 4-2.  The Utica rally was capped by an RBI double by freshman Matthew DeMartino, who finished with four hits.

            PSU battled back to tie the game at 4-4 on a sacrifice fly by junior Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, N.H.) in the fifth inning and an RBI single by sophomore Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) in the sixth.  The Panthers pulled out the win in the ninth when Runnals and Tammaro hit back-to-back one-out singles and Runnals came home with the winning run on Armstrong's clutch hit.

            The Panthers have Thursday off and will wrap up the trip with doubleheaders Friday against Otterbein College (Ohio) and Saturday vs. the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. 

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