Mancini homers for Panthers to lead offense
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Plymouth State University baseball team dropped its first two games in Florida Friday afternoon and evening, as Bethel University (Minn.) swept a doubleheader from the Panthers, 11-3 and 8-3, in the Gene Cusic Classic.
The Panthers were sparked by sophomore Luke Mancini (Scotia, N.Y.), who cracked his first home run of the season in the opener, and freshman Matt Decina (Hopkinton, Mass.), who had two of PSU's three hits in the night cap.
The teams were tied at 3-3 in the middle of the fifth inning in the opener. PSU starter Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, Mass.) allowed three runs on four hits through the first four innings, but the Royals exploded with a big rally in the bottom of the fifth to put the game away.
Plymouth State rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the nightcap with a three-run third inning. Senior Jake Broom (New London, N.H.) drew a walk and Decina singled to put two aboard. Both advanced one base on a balk and then Broom scored PSU's first run on a passed ball. Decina later came home on a balk, and after three walks loaded the bases, sophomore Mike Bailey (Stratford, N.H.) laced a sacrifice fly to left to tie the score at 3-3.
Bethel answered with three runs of their own in the top of the fourth, and silenced the PSU bats the rest of the way.
Sophomore Taylor Doyle (Peterborough, N.H.) started and worked into the sixth inning for the Panthers, striking out four. Freshman Cam Cossette (Milford, Mass.) allowed a run on two hits in 1.2 innings of relief.
PSU, 1-3, looks to get back on the winning track Saturday at 12 noon against Skidmore College.
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