Goulet, Doyle post strong performances for Panthers
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore Taylor Doyle (Peterborough, N.H.) posted notable performances Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University swept Rhode Island College in the first Little East Conference baseball games of the season at Anchorman Field.
Goulet went 3-for-3 with four runs batted in in the first game to lead the Panthers to an 8-5 triumph in the opener, and Doyle pitched the final four innings of PSU's 5-4 11-inning victory in the nightcap. Doyle earned his third save of the season with two shutout innings in the opener, and earned his third win of the season (3-1) in the nightcap.
PSU has won five games in a row to improve to 11-9 overall (2-0 LEC), while RIC, which finished second in the Little East last year, falls to 9-11-2 (0-2 LEC).
In game one, the Panthers notched a trio of runs in the top half of the first to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Junior James Garnett (Newport, R.I.) got the scoring started by knocking in an RBI single. Sophomore Mike Bailey (Stratford, NH) stepped up next, knocking an RBI single to left with freshman Goulet scoring the final RBI of the inning after getting walked with the bases loaded.
The Anchormen responded in the bottom half of the inning with the first two batters reaching safely and advancing into scoring position following a wild pitch. Following a strikeout by PSU graduate student Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, Mass.), a walk would load the bases with one out. Sophomore Edward Apice (North Kingstown, R.I.) responded, knocking in an RBI sacrifice fly to center. Junior Tyler Rains (North Kingstown, RI) completed the offensive outburst for RIC, smacking an RBI single to make the score 3-2.
TJ Lynch (South Kingstown, RI) would put the Anchormen up in the bottom of the second, ripping an RBI double. Plymouth would tack on a pair of runs in the third inning with RIC posting one in the bottom of the frame to make the score 5-5 through three complete.
The defenses were a factor in the middle of the game, with the two teams going scoreless over the next four innings. The stage was set for an unusual call in the top half of the eighth. Following a single and a sacrifice hit, Goulet stood at second base with one down. Following an advance to third on a single, he would later score, being balked in to give the visitors the 6-5 lead. PSU was able to tack on two more in the top half of the ninth to secure the victory.
Gilchrist went seven innings, allowing five runs on six hits, while striking out six in the victory (3-2). RIC sophomore Myles Levy (Cranston, RI) went 5.0 innings in relief, allowing three runs on five hits in the loss (1-1).
The second game was a pitchers' duel early, with PSU freshman David Sampson (Bellingham, Mass.) and RIC sophomore Daniel Greaves (Warwick, RI) keeping the contest scoreless through four innings. The Panthers struck first and scored a trio of runs in the top of the fifth.
Sophomore Luke Mancini (Scotia, N.Y.) got things rolling, smoking an RBI sacrifice fly to center field. Garnett scored on a wild pitch and sophomore Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) registered another sacrifice fly to complete the scoring for PSU.
PSU was able to score one in the top of the seventh, but the Anchormen were able to cut the deficit down to two on a pinch-hit, RBI single by Rains. RIC was able to force extra innings when Apice ripped a two-out, two-RBI double down the right field line to knot the game at 4-4. The Panthers would not be denied in extra innings however, with a single by senior Mike Laflamme (Bedford, N.H.) driving in Mancini for the game-winning run.
With the bases loaded, two down and a full count, Doyle was able to strike out the final batter to send Plymouth home with the double-header sweep.
Doyle went 4.0 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits in the victory (3-1) with RIC sophomore Stewart Braman (Middletown, RI) going 1.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits in a losing effort (1-1).
Both teams play LEC make-up doubleheaders Sunday as PSU visits the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Rhode Island College will host Southern Maine.
(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information)
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