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April 12, 2014

PSU Baseball drops LEC pair at Eastern Connecticut

Panthers manage just two runs in twin bill

            MANSFIELD, Conn. – The Plymouth State University baseball team dropped a Little East Conference doubleheader to Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at the ECSU Baseball Complex, falling 5-2 in the opener and 5-0 in the nightcap.

            Eastern won for the 13th time in its last 14 games, improving to 16-4 overall and 5-1 in the Little East, while PSU has dropped five in a row to fall to 11-11 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

            Each team posted 10 hits in the opener but Eastern left 12 runners on base and PSU stranded 14.  Junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) and sophomores Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) and Jake Broom (North Hampton, N.H.) had two hits apiece for the Panthers, and senior Brandon Cox (Nashua, N.H.) and junior Justin Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) each drove in a run.

            Eastern took the lead for good with three runs in the first inning. PSU got on the board in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Cox, but the Warriors answered with two more in the top of the third to open up a 5-1 lead. Walsh drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning for PSU's second run, but the Panthers left the bases loaded to end the game.

            Senior Tucker Regan (Niantic, Conn.) suffered his first loss of the season (2-1), allowing five runs on eight hits in five innings while striking out six. Classmate Spencer Webb (Warwick, R.I.) was impressive in relief, pitching four scoreless innings and giving up just two hits and five walks while striking out three.

            PSU managed just six hits in the nightcap, all singles, including two by junior Dan Armstrong (Danville, N.H.) The Panthers had a runner at third with less than two outs in the first two innings but couldn't push a run across, and didn't get a runner to third base the rest of the game.

            Eastern took the lead with three runs in the fourth inning, and added solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings.  PSU freshman Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) took the loss for PSU, allowing five runs on seven hits in six innings. Senior Zach Cogswell (Allenstown, N.H.) turned in a solid relief effort, pitching three scoreless innings and giving up just one hit while fanning two.

            PSU returns to the diamond Sunday with a non-conference doubleheader at Salve Regina University, beginning at noon. 

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