Panthers drop both games by one run in final inning
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Colby College put a dent into Dennis McManus Day at Plymouth State University Sunday afternoon, taking a pair of one-run baseball games from the home team at Panther Park, 7-6 and 3-2.
The Mules scored the winning runs of both games in their final at-bat. They plated three runs in the top of the seventh inning in the opener to break a 4-4 tie, and then held off PSU's rally as the Panthers scored two in the bottom half of the inning and loaded the bases with one out. Colby then broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning of the nightcap with three straight singles to earn a sweep of the twinbill.
The doubleheader sweep gives Colby an 18-11 overall record, while PSU drops to 12-23. The game was dedicated to McManus, the PSU head coach who is retiring at the end of the season after 31 years on the bench.
Each team pounded out 12 hits in the opener. Junior Soren Hanson (Billerica, Mass.) had three hits for Colby, and senior Jason Buco (Methuen, Mass.) and sophomore Ryder Arsenault (New Hampton, N.H.) had two hits each. Junior Dan Armstrong (Danville, N.H.) collected three hits for PSU, including a double, and juniors Jake Broom (New London, N.H.) and Dave Hall (Groton, N.H.) and sophomore Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) had two hits each.
The game was decided in the seventh inning, which started with the score tied 4-4. Colby plated three runs in the top of the inning, capped by a two-run single by Arsenault.
PSU nearly pulled out the win in the bottom of the inning as junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) tripled to lead off and Hall followed with an RBI double. Armstrong connected on an RBI single to slice the deficit to one; senior Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) singled and freshman Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) walked to load the bases. Colby freshman Louis Kraham (Maplewood, N.J.) got the final two outs to preserve the victory.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap on Thompson's RBI single, and doubled the margin in the fifth in Reny's RBI single. Colby came back to even the score in the top of the sixth on a two-run double by senior Tim Corey (Framingham, Mass.) off the right-center field wall.
Colby scored the game winner in the seventh inning on consecutive one-out singles by Arsenault, Buco and Zach Ellenthal.
PSU plays another non-conference doubleheader at Panther Park on Monday, hosting Lyndon State College beginning at 3:00 p.m.
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