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PSU Baseball sweeps CCNY in season opener

Cox with four hits, Thompson with four RBI to lead Panthers

            BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Plymouth State University baseball team opened the season Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader sweep of City College of New York, 7-3 and 5-3, in a pair of seven-inning games at MCU Park.

            Senior Brandon Cox (Nashua, N.H.) led the Panther offense with four hits and three RBI in the twin bill, including a double and a triple, and junior Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) knocked in four runs. Senior Tucker Regan (Niantic, Conn.) and junior Josh Young (Somersworth, N.H.) had effective performances as PSU's starting pitchers, each earning a victory.

            PSU scored four runs in the third inning to take control of the opener. Sophomore Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) started the rally when he was hit by a pitch and stole second base. Sophomore Mike Laflamme (Bedford, N.H.) singled to put runners at the corners, and the two worked a double steal, scoring Hall from third. After junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) walked and Cox was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Thompson cracked a three-run triple to right center to put PSU up 4-0

            After CCNY got on the board with a run in the bottom of the fourth, PSU responded with three runs in the top of the fifth. The Panthers loaded the bases on singles by Cox and Thompson and a walk by Hall, and Cox scored the first run on a passed ball. Junior Justin Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) followed with a pinch-hit two-run single up the middle to make it 7-1.

            Regan worked five innings for the win, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk while striking out four. Senior Spencer Webb (Warwick, R.I.) got the final out in the seventh inning to earn the save.

            The Panthers scored all five of their runs in the first two innings of the nightcap. Cox smacked a triple to center field in the first inning to bring home sophomore Patrick Cannon (Concord, N.H.), who had singled to reach base, and Cox scored on a sacrifice fly by Thompson. Freshman Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) and senior Rob Madonna (Cranston, R.I.) were both hit by a pitch, and Hall singled home Krajewski to cap the rally. After Cannon and Reny reached base with one out in the second inning, Cox double to right field to extend the lead to 5-0.

            That turned out to be enough offense as Young worked four innings, allowing just one unearned run on three hits and three walks, striking out five. Senior Zach Cogswell (Allenstown, N.H.) and freshman Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) combined to pitch three innings of relief, surrendering two runs (one earned) on four hits, striking out two batters each. Arsenault closed out the game to pick up his first save.

            The Panthers, 2-0, will play another doubleheader in New York on Monday against SUNY-Maritime, played at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, N.Y., beginning at 5:00 p.m. CCNY, 0-2, also plays Monday at Baseball Heaven against Yeshiva University at 6:00 p.m.

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