Bates edges Plymouth State Baseball

Panthers manage just four hits against Bobcats

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Kevin Davis (Andover, Mass.) cracked a two-out, two-run double in the third inning Thursday afternoon and five Bates College pitchers limited Plymouth State University to one run on four hits as the visiting Bobcats edged the Panthers, 2-1, in a non-conference baseball game at Panther Park.

            PSU hurlers also limited Bates hitters to just four hits, but Davis' double proved to be the difference.  Sophomore Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) drew a one-out walk in the third and junior Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) followed with a single to right.  An infield grounder put both runners in scoring position, and Davis delivered the key hit to bring home both runners.

            The Panthers cut the deficit in half in the fifth inning when junior Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and sophomore Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) led off with singles and sophomore Dan Armstrong (Danville, N.H.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs.  Senior Brendan Cosgrove (Merrimack, N.H.) drew a walk to bring home a run and force a pitching change, but Bates sophomore reliever Sam Maliska (Palo Alto, Calif.) got the next batter to pop up and then induced a double-play ball to end the inning.

            Plymouth State put a potential tying run in scoring position in each of the last three innings, but couldn't push a run across.

            Maliska earned the win (2-0) for Bates, working two perfect innings in relief of sophomore starter Will Levangie (Frederick, Md.), who pitched the first four frames.  Sophomore Dillon Dresser (Falmouth, Maine), senior Mike Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.) and junior Brad Reynolds (Lafayette, Colo.) each tossed an inning of scoreless relief, with Reynolds closing out the game for his first save of the season.

            PSU starter Tucker Regan (Niantic, Conn.) suffered the loss, giving up two hits and six walks in 5.2 innings, striking out two.  Junior Zach Cogswell (Allenstown, N.H.) pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits while fanning two.

            The Panthers (14-13) return to Little East Conference play Saturday at Panther Park with a 12 noon doubleheader against league-leading University of Southern Maine.  Bates (11-11) returns home to host Trinity College in a three-game series at Leahey Field, beginning Friday at 3:00 p.m. 

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