Gilchrist and Young pitch Panthers to victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University senior pitchers Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, Mass.) and Josh Young (Somersworth, N.H.) scattered nine hits and limited Keene State College to one run Thursday afternoon to give the Panthers a 2-1 victory over the Owls in a Little East Conference baseball game at Panther Park.
Gilchrist allowed a first inning run and rebounded to go seven innings, surrendering eight hits and striking out nine to improve to 4-3 on the season. Young came on with no outs and one on in the eighth inning and struck out the side; he allowed just one hit in the ninth before closing out his fourth save.
Keene State also got strong pitching from junior Cody Dube (Windham, Maine), who came out of the bullpen in the first inning after the Owls had given up two runs. Dube got out of trouble in the first inning with no more damage and pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just six hits and striking out eight in a no-decision.
All of the runs in the game were scored in the opening frame. Sophomore Trevor Chapin (Northfield, N.H.) reached on the fielder's choice for Keene State in the top of the inning, went to second on a passed ball and scored on a single through the left side by freshman Abe Grainger (Bedford, Mass.)
PSU answered with two runs on four straight singles to open the bottom half of the inning, as junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) and freshman Luke Mancini (Scotia, N.Y.) reached on infield hits and junior Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) and sophomore Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) delivered RBI singles to right. Hall and Krajewski each had three hits on the day.
That was the extent of the offense though, as pitchers shut down the bats the rest of the way. PSU improves to 12-19 overall and 3-7 in the Little East, while KSC drops to 9-19 and 2-8.
Both teams play Little East doubleheaders on Saturday at noon as PSU visits the University of Massachusetts Boston and KSC travels to the University of Southern Maine.
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