Coach McManus wins 500th game as Panthers take nightcap
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) hit a double and a triple and knocked in two runs Sunday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University's baseball team to a 7-2 victory over Daniel Webster College and a split of the non-conference doubleheader at Panther Park.
PSU staged a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh and final inning of the opener but the Eagles held on for a 7-6 victory. The doubleheader split leaves the Panthers with a 10-18 record this spring while the Eagles are now 6-14.
|Head Coach Dennis McManus|
The outcome in the nightcap also marked the 500th career coaching victory for Plymouth State head coach Dennis McManus in the Panther dugout. Now is his 31st and final season, McManus becomes the 38th active coach in NCAA Division III Baseball to record 500 wins.
Daniel Webster was aggressive from the beginning of the first game, when senior Dan Ierardi (Dunstable, Mass.) led off with a walk, stole second and scored on a single up the middle by classmate Kyle Brigham (Hudson, N.H.). The Eagles made some nice plays in the field, keeping the Panthers scoreless until the third inning sophomore Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) brought home a run with infield ground ball to the right side.
PSU took the lead in the fourth inning senior Justin Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) tripled to left center to score junior Jake Broom (New London, N.H.), who was hit by a pitch. Walsh came home on a sacrifice fly by Reny to put PSU up 3-1.
Daniel Webster came right back with four runs in the top of the fifth and added two more in the sixth to take a 7-3 lead. Brigham hit a two-run double to highlight the fifth-inning rally, and then scored on a double by sophomore Dakota Williams (Hudson, N.H.) Freshman Kyle Hodgdon (Cheshire, Conn.) produced a two-run single to left for the Eagles in the sixth.
PSU rallied in the seventh when Krajewski double home a run and freshman Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) added a two-run double, but a fly out and a ground out ended the game.
Senior Ariel Ramos (Lowell, Mass.) earned his first win of the season for Daniel Webster, pitching 5.1 innings and allowing three runs on four this and three walks. Senior Michael Welch (Westfield, Mass.), who allowed just one run on two hits for four innings before tiring in the fifth, took the loss for the Panthers.
PSU jumped on top 3-0 in the third inning of the nightcap. Freshman Ian Grimes (Medford, Mass.) drove in a run with a grounder, and Reny tripled home a run and then scored on a passed ball. The Panthers doubled the margin in the fifth inning when Reny doubled to right with one out, freshman Luke Mancini (Scotia, N.Y.) tripled to center to score Reny, and three batters later senior Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) delivered a two-out, two-run single to left.
The Eagles finally got to PSU senior starter Robbie Greenleaf (Lee, N.H.) with two outs in the sixth inning. Williams and sophomore Dan Quinn (Auburn, N.H.) singled and sophomore Kelvin Rodriguez (Nashua, N.H.) walked to load the bases and send Greenleaf to the bench. PSU senior reliever Josh Young (Somersworth, N.H.) walked and hit the first two batters before inducing a groundout to end the inning.
Reny added a sacrifice fly for PSU in the last of the sixth to close out the scoring.
Greenleaf earned his first win of the season (1-0), allowing two runs on five hits in 5.2 innings, striking out three. Junior Zach Beckwith (Manchester, N.H.) started and worked five innings for DWC but took the loss (1-2).
PSU continues an eight-game home stand on Tuesday with a Little East Conference matchup against rival Keene State College (3:30 p.m.) Daniel Webster play a New England Collegiate Conference doubleheader Saturday at Elms College.
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