Gilchrist leads Panthers over nationally-ranked Huskies
GORHAM, Maine – Junior right-hander Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, Mass./Bishop Guertin) limited the nationally-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies to five hits over eight innings Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University won the nightcap, 7-1, of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the USM Baseball Stadium.
The Huskies took the first game 6-2 behind a strong pitching performance by sophomore left-hander Tyler Leavitt (North Andover, Mass.). The split stopped the #6/#7 Huskies' nine-game winning streak and leaves them at 23-7 overall and 8-1 in conference play. The Panthers earned their second LEC win in the last two days after beating in-state rival Keene State College on Friday, and they are now 15-13 overall and 3-6 in the conference.
Leavitt hurled seven shutout innings for USM in the opener, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out four. Leavitt got out of his only real jam in the second inning getting back-to-back ground balls for fielder's choice outs. The sophomore southpaw improved his record to 6-1.
Senior John Carey (South Portland, Maine) led the Huskies' 12-hit attack with a triple and two singles. Senior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine), junior Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.) and rookie Jake Welch (Londonderry, N.H.) had two hits apiece. Chadwick also had two RBI.
Junior Justin Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) had two of the Panthers four hits in the game. Junior Josh Young (Somersworth, N.H.) went the first five innings on the hill and was tagged with the loss. Young gave up all six runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks while fanning three. Rookie Kyle Sanford (Torrington, Conn.) hurled three innings of scoreless relief.
Gilchrist silenced the USM offense in the second game. After giving up a run in the second inning on a double steal attempt that resulted in the Huskies lone run and the final out of the frame, Gilchrist did not give up a hit until the seventh inning.
Sophomore Patrick Cannon (Concord, N.H.), moved to the top of the PSU lineup in the nightcap, had a double and two singles and scored twice, and junior Dan Armstrong (Danville, N.H./Timberlane) had three singles, scored once and knocked in one. Sophomore David Hall (Groton, Conn./Fitch) had two hits and two RBI. A big blow for the Panthers was a bases-loaded triple by senior Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, N.H./Kingswood) in the sixth inning that resulted in three unearned runs and a 6-1 lead at the time.
Glauser and senior Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine) had two hits apiece for the Huskies. Sophomore right-hander Shyler Scates (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy) started in the hill going 4.1 innings allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits and no walks. Scates struck out four.
Southern Maine is off until Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) when the University of Massachusetts Boston comes to the USM Baseball Stadium for a Little East Conference game. Plymouth State will host Keene State University on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) for an LEC game.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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