PSU Baseball downs Middlebury in final road game of season

PSU Baseball downs Middlebury in final road game of season

Krajewski lead Panthers with four hits and three RBI

            MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Plymouth State University baseball team plated six runs in the second inning Wednesday afternoon on its way to an 8-4 victory over Middlebury College  in non-conference action on Forbes Field.

            Sophomore Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) led the visiting Panthers , going 4-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in. Junior Justin Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) and freshman Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) had three hits apiece as PSU pounded out 16 hits in the victory.

            Middlebury led 3-1 after one inning. PSU took an early lead in the top of the first when junior Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine) hit a one-out double and Krajewski drove him in with a single through the left side.  Middlebury responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame with four straight hits. Johnny Read lined the first pitch into center field for a base hit and moved to third on a single to right by Jason Lock. John Luke drove Read home with an RBI single to right and advanced to second on an error. Lock and Luke came around to score on a hard single up the middle by Max Araya.

            The six-run second inning for PSU was highlighted by five hits and two key Middlebury errors, as the visitors sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning. The two miscues accounted for five unearned runs in the inning. Junior Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) delivered a two-run single in the inning and Krajewski and senior Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) added RBI hits to give PSU a 7-3 lead.

            The scoring quieted for both teams until Plymouth State scratched a run across in the sixth when Krajewski plated Hall from third base with an RBI single to left. Middlebury rounded out the scoring with a run in the bottom of the ninth.

            Freshman Ryan Perro (Glen Head, N.Y.) posted the win for PSU (1-0), pitching six innings and allowing just the three first-inning runs while striking out eight. Four relievers worked the final three innings, combining to allow just one run on four hits.

            Middlebury (4-20) wraps up its season this weekend with back-to-back doubleheaders at Bowdoin and Tufts, while Plymouth State (15-23) returns home for a Little East Conference doubleheader on Friday at noon on Senior Day against Rhode Island College.

(Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information)

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