Panthers take nightcap behind Doxter, Perro; finish trip at 4-6
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Plymouth State University baseball team split its final two games in Florida Saturday morning to Bethel University (Minn.) in the Gene Cusic Classic, winning the nightcap, 5-3, after dropping the opener, 9-1.
The Panthers won three of their final four games in the Sunshine State to bring a 4-6 record back to New England. The outcome in the nightcap snaps Bethel's four-game winning streak and sends the Royals back to Minnesota with an 11-3 mark.
After scoring just one run on four hits in the opener, PSU erupted for a four-run first inning in the nightcap. Senior Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) singled home a run, freshman Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) brought home a run with a sacrifice fly, and junior Justin Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) cracked a two-out, two-run double to left center field.
PSU added another run in the second inning when junior Mike Laflamme (Bedford, N.H.) singled, stole second and came all the way home on an error by the second baseman.
The Panthers pitchers did the rest, holding Bethel to three runs over seven innings. Junior Matt Doxter (Somersworth, N.H.) allowed three runs over five innings to post the win (1-1), striking out five batters, and freshman Ryan Perro (Glen Head, N.Y.) worked two scoreless innings of relief to earn the save, allowing three hits and two walks and striking out one.
Bethel put the first game out of reach with two runs in the first and third innings surrounded by a five-spot in the second frame. The Panthers managed just four singles in the game and scored their only run in the sixth inning on an infield error, a single and a wild pitch.
PSU returns to New England and is slated to get back on the diamond Wednesday with a non-conference game at Babson College (3:30 p.m.)
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