Doxter leads Panthers to non-conference win over Vikings
SALEM, Mass. – Junior Matt Doxter (Somersworth, N.H.) outdueled freshman Will Twiss (Masconomet, Mass.) in a mix of snow and rain Wednesday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the Salem State Vikings at the Central Campus Baseball Field.
Doxter pitched six and two-thirds innings and allowed just a run on five hits with three strikeouts to improve to 2-2 on the year. Plymouth State ups its record to 6-11 while Salem State had its eight-game winning streak snapped and slips to 12-6.
The Vikings opened the scoring in the second inning when Mike Davis (Peabody, Mass.) plated Ryan Beliveau (Lynn, Mass.), who had tripled, with a sacrifice fly to right.
Both starting pitchers cruised through the middle innings, until the Panthers answered in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Eric Leitch (Lanesboro, Mass.) led off with a single and following a sacrifice and base hit, scored on an RBI groundout by junior Justin Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.).
Plymouth State took the lead in the seventh when freshman Peter Esposito (Cranston, R.I.) scored on a wild pitch after pinch- running for Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn), who had led off the inning with a base hit.
Senior Josh Young (Somersworth, N.H.) replaced Doxter in the seventh and pitched effectively until the ninth when he was lifted for classmate Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, Mass). Young went one and two thirds innings and allowed just a hit with four strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Twiss was in command for Salem State until being replaced by Pete Gonski (East Lyme, Conn.) in the eighth. Twiss allowed two runs on just three hits with four strikeouts in the loss.
Gosnski ran into trouble in the top of the eighth, loading the bases on two hits and hit batter. However, George Tsonis (Peabody, Mass.) bailed out the righty by turning a 5-3 double play on a chopper to third to end the inning.
Salem State threated in the ninth as Jose Cedano (Lawrence, Mass.) led-off with a walk and Beliveau followed with a single. Gilchrist was called from the bullpen and following a strikeout, hit pinch-hitter Javier Morales (Lawrence, Mass.) to load the bases. Gilchrist though, struck out the final two batters to earn his first save of the year.
Beliveau finished 3-for-4 for Salem State, who hosts Endicott tomorrow at 3:30 PM. Junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) and Leitch had two hits each for the Panthers.
PSU is back in action Saturday with a Little East Conference doubleheader against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Due to unplayable field conditions in Plymouth, the games have been moved to Tufts University in Medford, Mass.
(Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information)
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