Panther bats quieted by Colonials pitching
PURCHASE, N.Y. – The Plymouth State University baseball team dropped a Little East Conference doubleheader to Western Connecticut State University Sunday afternoon, 4-2 and 2-0 at Purchase College.
In games both played in under two hours, the Colonials received strong pitching for the second weekend in a row and are atop the LEC in the early stages of the season at 4-0 after back-to-back sweeps of University of Southern Maine and the Panthers.
PSU scored two runs on five hits in the opener, and couldn't muster any runs in the nightcap despite nine hits, stranding 10 runners on the basepaths.
In the opener, Matt Green (New London, Conn.) belted a pair of doubles, drew an intentional walk and drove in three runs. His two-run double in the fifth inning proved to be the game-winning hit, driving in EJ Lavoie (East Granby, Conn.) and Chris Callahan (Southington, Conn.) with two outs. Callahan went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in the first game.
Craig Frobel (Southington, Conn.) earned the victory and is now 1-1. He allowed five hits, two runs, only one of them earned while striking out seven and walking thee over eight innings. Rob Valunas (Oakville, Conn.) registered his first save of the season after retiring the Panthers in order in the ninth inning.
Junior Jake Broom (New London, N.H.) went 1-for-4 with an RBI for Plymouth State. Sophomore Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits, striking out six and walking two.
In the nightcap, Todd Lyons (Norwalk, Conn.) improved to 3-0 for Western, as he hurled a complete-game shutout. He struck out eight and did not yield a walk.
Greene drove in both Western runs with a single through the middle in the sixth inning. John Kelly (Stratford, Conn.) led the Colonials' six-hit attack with two hits in three trips to the dish.
Senior Cody Gilchrist (Groton, Conn.) was saddled with the loss and is now 1-3 for the Panthers. He also struck out eight and did not give up a walk over seven innings.
Western improves to 9-4 on the season. Plymouth State falls to 5-11, 0-4 in the LEC.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday, April 8, with non-conference games when the Colonials travel to Wesleyan University and PSU visits Salem State University.
(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information)
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