Another strong outing for Gilchrist as Panthers win key LEC game
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior right-hander Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, Mass.) pitched eight innings as the Plymouth State University baseball team overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat the University of Southern Maine 4-3 in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Panther Park.
The Huskies, who are in a three-way tie for first in the LEC, came back to take the nightcap, 8-1. The split leaves the Huskies at 18-8 overall and 6-3 in the LEC, while the Panthers move to 9-17 overall and 2-7 in the conference.
Gilchrist scattered eight hits and three walks over eight innings, striking out eight to record his third win (3-3) of the season. He is third in the LEC in strikeouts this season with 41. Senior Josh Young (Somersworth, N.H.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his third save.
The Panthers overcame a 3-0 deficit with a single run in the fifth and three runs in the sixth to take the lead, then added a pair of insurance markers in the seventh.
Junior Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine) gave USM a 2-0 lead in the first inning hitting his third home run of the season after classmate Nick DiBiase (Portland, Maine) walked to open the game. Dexter doubled and scored the Huskies' third run on sophomore Paul McDonough's (Wells, Maine) single in the third inning to make it 3-0.
Junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) delivered the Panthers first run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth frame. The Panthers took advantage of two Husky miscues in the sixth to take the lead 4-3. The first error loaded the bases and closed the book on USM junior starter and losing pitcher Shyler Scates (Jefferson, Maine). Junior Justin Walsh (Goffstown, N.H./Bedford) greeted USM senior reliever Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) for an RBI single. The Huskies second error of the inning delivered two more runs.
Junior Jake Broom (New London, N.H./Kearsarge) tacked up a pair of unearned insurance runs in the seventh with a two-run double. USM got one run back in the eighth on a solo home run by sophomore Damon Wallace (Gorham, Maine).
USM junior southpaw Tyler Leavitt (North Andover, Mass.) equaled his career high with 11 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings, matching his career high for strikeouts set earlier this season against Rhode Island College by punching out 11 Panthers. The left-hander gave up six hits and one walk during his stint on the hill to collect his second win of the season.
The Huskies broke open a scoreless game scoring all their runs in the middle three innings. McDonough ignited a two-run inning in the fourth with a double, and had a two-run double in the Huskies' four-run fifth inning. Senior Dylan Morris (Bangor, Maine) and rookie Brandon Martins (Manorville, N.Y.) delivered runs in the sixth inning to make it 8-0.
McDonough and sophomore Matt Bender (Walpole, Mass.) had a pair of hits for the Huskies in the nightcap. Junior Dan Armstrong (Danville, N.H.) was the lone repeat hitter for the Panthers with a pair of singles.
Both teams are back in action Sunday as the Huskies play at local rival Saint Joseph's College and the Panthers host a non-conference doubleheader against Daniel Webster College (1:00 p.m.).
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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