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April 13, 2014

PSU Baseball sweeps doubleheader from Salve Regina

Cox leads Panthers with six hits in twin bill

            NEWPORT, R.I. – Senior Brandon Cox (Nashua, N.H.) went 6-for-7 with two doubles, a home run and three runs batted in Sunday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Salve Regina University, 4-3 and 7-4, in non-conference action at Reynolds Field.

            Cox had three hits in the opener, including a three-run home run that staked the Panthers to a 3-0 lead.  He came back with three hits in three at bats in the nightcap, including a pair of doubles. Cox leads the team with a .325 batting average.

            The Panther offense racked up 25 hits in the doubleheader, 12 in the opener and 13 in the nightcap. PSU stopped a five-game slide and improved to 13-11 overall, while Salve dropped to 17-11.

            After Cox's first home run of the season gave PSU an early 3-0 lead in the opener, Salve came back with single runs in the second and third innings to cut the margin to one run. The Panthers added an insurance run in the fifth inning on an RBI double by junior Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.)

            PSU pitchers did the rest. Junior Josh Young (Somersworth, N.H.) earned the win (3-2) for PSU, pitching into the sixth inning and allowing three runs on 11 hits. Senior Ryan Wakefield (Sanbornton, N.H.) came into the 4-3 game with two down in the sixth inning and two Salve runners in scoring position, getting a strikeout to end the inning.  Salve loaded the bases in the seventh inning against Wakefield but the Panther righthander struck out two of the last three batters to end the game.

            The Panther hitters scored three runs in the second inning and four in the fifth in the nightcap. Junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) started the first rally with an RBI single and sophomore Jake Broom (North Hampton, N.H.) followed with a two-run double to left center. Thompson and sophomore Mike Laflamme (Bedford, N.H.) had RBI singles in the fifth inning uprising, and Reny got an RBI on a bases-loaded walk.

            Junior Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, Mass.) went the distance to earn the win (2-2) on the mound for PSU, allowing four runs on 11 hits and striking out a career-high eight batters.

            PSU will be back in action Tuesday with a Little East Conference match-up at rival Keene State College (3:30 p.m.).

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