PSU Baseball drops twinbill in Florida to Amherst

PSU Baseball drops twinbill in Florida to Amherst

Hall collects two hits in each game to lead Panthers

            FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Plymouth State University baseball team dropped a pair of games in Florida Sunday morning and afternoon, falling to Amherst College, 7-2 and 3-2, in the Gene Cusic Classic.

            Senior Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) had a good day in the Panther line-up, collecting two hits in each game with a double, a home run and three runs batted in.

            PSU and Amherst were tied at 1-1 through four innings of the opener before the Jeffs plated two runs in each of the next three innings to pull away from the Panthers. Plymouth State scored its two runs on Hall's RBI single in the third inning and an RBI double by sophomore Mike Bailey (Stratford, N.H.) in the sixth inning.

            Senior Matti Doxter (Somersworth, N.H.) allowed just two hits and a run through four innings before being touched for two runs in the fifth to suffer the loss (0-1). Freshman David Sampson (Bellingham, Mass.) came on and pitched the final two-and-a-third innings for the Panthers.

            Plymouth State got on the board with a run in the first inning of the second game, as senior Jake Broom (New London, N.H.) led off with a walk, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Hall's single.

            Amherst came back with a pair in the bottom of the first on a two-run double by Joe Feldman, and made it 3-1 in the second frame with an unearned run. It stayed that way until the seventh inning, when PSU staged a comeback rally attempt.

            Hall homered to lead off the seventh, cutting the margin to 3-2. Krajewski singled to put the tying run aboard but a pop-up and a ground ball double play sealed the win for Amherst.

            Sophomore Kyle McCarthy (Nashua, N.H.) went the distance for PSU, pitching six innings and allowing just three runs (two earned) while striking out four.

            PSU, 2-5, is back in action Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. with a single game against North Park University.

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