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PSU Baseball outslugs Nichols to sweep doubleheader

Panthers post 7-3 record in Florida, improve to 10-4 overall

            FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Plymouth State University baseball team scored 24 runs on 34 hits Saturday to complete its Florida trip with a doubleheader sweep over Nichols College, 15-4 and 9-8, in the Snowbird Classic at the North Charlotte County Regional Park.

            The Panthers wrap up their trip with a 7-3 record in Florida and return to New England with a 10-4 overall mark.

            PSU rapped out 21 hits in the first game.  Eight of the nine starters in the line-up had at least two hits, led by senior Brandon Cox (Nashua, N.H.), who was 4-for-5.  Junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine), sophomore Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) and freshman Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) also collected three hits apiece, with Reny scoring three runs and knocking in one and Krajewski driving in three.

            After PSU scored single runs in the first two innings, Nichols put three runs on the board in the last of the second.  The Panthers took the lead for good with four runs in the third inning and three more in the fifth. PSU poured it on late with a six-run seventh inning, scoring all six runs with two outs as seven straight Panther batters reached base with two down.

            Junior Josh Young (Somersworth, N.H.) pitched five innings to post the win for PSU, with senior Spencer Webb (Warwick, R.I.) and junior Robbie Greenleaf (Lee, N.H.) each tossing one inning of scoreless relief.

            The Panther bats were good for 13 hits in the nightcap, led by Reny who went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.  Junior Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) had a double and two RBI and senior Rob Madonna (Cranston, R.I.) had two hits.

            The Panthers took a 4-0 lead in the second inning as senior Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, N.H.) drove in two runs with a single and sophomore Patrick Cannon (Concord, N.H.) and Reny each drove in one each. Nichols got on the board with a single run in the top of the fourth, but PSU plated five in the bottom of the inning to take a 9-1 lead. Reny's RBI single and Thompson's two-run double highlighted the inning.

            Nichols came back with three runs in the fifth inning and cut the margin to just one run with a four-run seventh inning, including a two-run home run by sophomore Greg Poll, by Webb got the final out as PSU completed the sweep.

            Freshman Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) pitched the first five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits to post the victory and improve to 2-0.

            PSU's first game back in New England is scheduled for Wednesday at Babson (3:30 p.m.) 

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