Panthers win opener on walk-off hit; Gilchrist throws shutout in nightcap
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Plymouth State University baseball team got back on the winning track Friday in the Gene Cusic Classic, sweeping a doubleheader from the University of Wisconsin Platteville, 4-3 and 9-0.
The Panthers won the opener on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning by junior Jake Broom (New London, N.H.), and took the nightcap after a three-hit shutout by senior Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, Mass.) PSU improves to 3-5 on the week while UWP is now 2-5.
UWP took a 3-0 lead in the first game with a single run in the first inning and two more in the third. The Pioneers were aided in the third inning by three batters who were hit by a pitch, a walk, an error and two passed balls.
After just one hit in the first five innings, PSU rallied to tie the game with three runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth off UWP starter Nathan Fay. Broom and junior Mike Laflamme (Bedford, N.H.) reached on singles and both came home on a double by junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine). Reny came around to tie the score on a single by classmate Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.)
The Panthers pulled out the win in the bottom of the seventh when sophomore Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) led off with a single, and pinch runner Peter Esposito (Cranston, R.I.) was sacrificed to second base. Esposito came around on singles by sophomore Eric Leitch (Lanesboro, Mass.) and the game-winner by Broom.
Sophomore right-hander Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) recorded the win with his second complete-game effort, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits, two walks and five hit batsmen while fanning seven.
Gilchrist was perfect on the mound in the nightcap for PSU through four innings before surrendering a leadoff single in the fifth. The Panthers supported Gilchrist with double plays in both the fifth and sixth innings, and he closed out the game retiring the final three batters in the seventh.
The Panthers exploded for nine runs on 13 hits at the plate. They scored six runs in the third inning to take control and added three runs in the fourth. Senior Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) ripped a two-run triple to highlight the third-inning rally, and Krajewski cracked a two-run double to spark the fourth inning outburst.
PSU will wrap up competition for the week Saturday at 9:00 a.m. with a doubleheader against Bethel University (Minn.)
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