Reny tops Panthers with four hits; Cox drives in four
LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – The Plymouth State University baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader from longtime rival Lyndon State College Thursday afternoon at Skip Pound Field, winning the opener 17-0 before holding on for a 4-3 victory in the nightcap.
Plymouth State has won four in a row and five of its last six to improve to 18-13 overall, while Lyndon State drops to 9-13.
Junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) led the Panthers with four hits in the doubleheader while driving in three. Sophomore Jake Broom (New London, N.H.) collected three hits in the twin bill, and senior Brandon Cox (Nashua, N.H.) reached base five times and knocked in four runs.
PSU plated eight runs in the first inning of game one and never looked back. Run-scoring singles by freshman Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.), Reny, Broom and junior Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) were further aided by two bases-loaded walks and a hit batter. By the time the uprising was over, the Panthers had more than enough run to make a winner of freshman Kyle Sanford (Torrington, Conn.)
Sanford pitched four innings of shutout baseball, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out three to record his first career victory (1-0). Junior Michael Welch (Westfield, Mass.) worked the final three scoreless innings, surrendering just one hit and fanning two.
Tyler Pelletier and Michael Cartularo had two hits each for the Hornets.
The Panthers once again jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning in the nightcap, but the Plymouth offense went silent for the remainder of the game. An RBI double by Hall and a two-run single off the bat of Cox staked PSU to four-run cushion, but the Hornets managed to slash that deficit in half in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs. Run-producing singles by Cartularo and Ian Murdock fueled the Lyndon spurt and an RBI single by Kyle Whitworth an inning later put the hosts in striking distance with five innings to play.
Lyndon managed to get runners into scoring position in both the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings, but could not come up with the key hit that would draw them even. PSU senior Zach Cogswell (Allenstown, N.H.) came on in the sixth and managed to wiggle out of a pair of jams to record his second save of the season. Freshman Connor MacRae (Newburyport, Mass.) went five and one-third innings to post the win, allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out five and walking two.
Lyndon's Zach Hatin absorbed the loss, allowing two earned runs on six hits while fanning two and walking one. Cartularo had three hits in the loss and Dan Pierce collected two, including a double.
PSU is right back in action Friday with a home Little East Conference doubleheader against the University of Massachusetts Boston; the games were moved ahead one day due to predicted rain on Saturday.
(Courtesy of Lyndon State Sports Information)
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