Panthers manage just four hits, two by Runnals
SALEM, Mass. – Freshman Mike Richardson (Belmont, Mass.) pitched a gem for Salem State University Wednesday afternoon, throwing a four-hit shutout to lead the Vikings to a 4-0 victory over Plymouth State University at the Central Campus Baseball Field. The win improves Salem State to 16-10 on the year while the Panthers drop to 11-9.
The Vikings got all the offense they would need in the third inning. Senior Ethan Trowt (Beverly, Mass.) singled and junior Kevin Carens (Northborough, Mass.) walked to set up an RBI groundout by freshman Colton Fontaine (Newburyport, Mass.). Senior Brett Cahill (Gloucester, Mass.) smashed a double that brought in Carens and Salem State led 2-0.
Salem State generated a run in the bottom of the fourth on a double steal as Genaro Ciulla (Peabody, Mass.) scored from third while Carens stole second base. Meanwhile, Richardson cruised through the middle innings, retiring the side in order, in each of the three innings.
Senior Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, NH) started for the Panthers and went six innings before being lifted in favor of Zach Cogswell (Allentown, N.H.) in the seventh inning. Richard Fecteau (Newbury, Mass.) added an insurance run when he crushed a pitch for an RBI double in the seventh inning to make the lead 4-0.
Freshman Alex Toomey (Beverly, Mass.) closed the game out for Salem State, pitching the ninth, and inducing a double play to end the game after Brandon Cox (Nashua, N.H.) had walked.
Richardson (1-2) pitched eight innings and walked just two to pick up the win. Runnals (1-3) took the loss, going six innings and allowing three runs on six hits, and four walks.
Runnals also collected two of the Panthers' four hits at the plate, while Fontaine, Fecteau, and Trowt all had multiple hits for the Vikings.
Salem State's next game is Thursday at 3:30 p.m. on its home field against Endicott College, while Plymouth State will travel to Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. Little East Conference doubleheader.
(Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information)
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