Strong pitching, timely hitting spurs Panthers over Golden Bears
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Plymouth State University used outstanding pitching performances and timely hitting Saturday afternoon to earn an impressive sweep over #21 Western New England University, 2-1 and 4-2, at Trelease Park.
The Panthers improve to 8-9, while WNE, which is ranked third in New England and 21st nationally in Division III, falls to 9-3.
Graduate Student Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, Mass.) allowed just one run on five hits and a walk in seven innings for the complete-game victory (2-2) for PSU in the opener, striking out six. Freshman David Sampson (Bellingham, Mass.) recorded his first career victory (1-1) in the nightcap, allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk in four innings, and sophomore Taylor Doyle (Peterborough, N.H.) was dominant in relief, surrendering just one hits in three shutout innings for his second save.
After Western New England took a 1-0 lead in the bottom for the fourth in the opener, PSU scored the decisive runs in the top of the sixth. Singles by sophomore Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) and sophomore Nate Frederick (Worcester, Mass.) and a catcher's interference to senior Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) loaded the bases with one out. Junior Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) drew a walk to bring home the tying run, and junior James Garnett (Newport, R.I.) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Frederick with the eventual game-winning run.
Gilchrist did the rest, allowing just one hit and one walk over the final three innings for his second win (2-1) of the season.
Trailing 2-1 after four innings of the nightcap, PSU took the lead with two runs in the fifth inning. Frederick knocked in a run with an infield grounder and Hall brought home a run with a double to left. The Panthers added an insurance run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Hall.
PSU returns to the diamond Thursday with a game at Daniel Webster College (3:30 p.m.)
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