PSU Baseball drops pair to Eastern Connecticut in LEC opener

PSU Baseball drops pair to Eastern Connecticut in LEC opener

Gilchrist tosses gem for Panthers in Game 2 setback

            RINDGE, N.H. – The Plymouth State University baseball team managed just eight hits in a Little East Conference doubleheader Monday evening against Eastern Connecticut State University, falling to the Warriors 13-0 in seven innings and 3-0 in nine innings in games played at Franklin Pierce University's Pappas Field.

            Eastern junior right-hander Patrick O'Neill limited the Panthers to six hits and a walk over six innings in the first game, and freshman Hunter Hamlin retired the side in order in the final inning. Sophomore lefty Orlando Gonzalez was dazzling in the nightcap, allowing just two hits and two walks over eight innings while striking out 16. Junior Adam Merritt closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save.

            The outcome in the second game ruined a superb performance by PSU senior Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, Mass.) The Panther right-hander retired the first 16 Eastern batters he faced before allowing a one-out single in the sixth inning. Gilchrist went six-and-a-third innings, allowing just one run on four hits and no walks while fanning a career-high 12 batters.

            Senior Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) led the Panther offense in the opener with a pair of singles in three at bats. Sophomore Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) started on the mound for PSU and lasted only three innings and took the loss (2-1).

            Freshman Luke Mancini (Scotia, N.Y.) cracked a one-out double for PSU in the first inning of the nightcap, but was stranded at third base. PSU managed just one hit the rest of the way, a fifth-inning single by junior Jake Broom (New London, N.H.).

            Eastern pulled out the win with a run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Andrew Scully, and two more in the eighth on a two-run single by Chad Adams.

            PSU, 4-8 overall and 0-2 in the Little East, plays a non-conference game Wednesday at Tufts University (3:30 p.m.).

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