Krajewski hits walk-off home run to complete sweep for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) capped a terrific afternoon for the Plymouth State University baseball team Saturday afternoon, hitting two home runs in the nightcap, including a ninth-inning walk-off, as the Panthers swept a Little East Conference doubleheader from Eastern Connecticut State University, 7-3 and 2-1, in the home opener at Panther Park.
Sophomore Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) drove in two runs in the opener and senior Matti Doxter (Somersworth, N.H.) had a brilliant relief performance to lead the Panthers in the opener. Ruziak capped a four-rally rally in the bottom of the eighth inning with a two-run single as the Panthers broke a 3-3 tie, and Doxter pitched the final three-and-a-third innings without allowing a hit, striking out three, to record the win. He retired the first eight batters he faced before allowing a walk, then got the next two hitters to close out the win.
The sweep lifts Plymouth State (14-11) into a tie with the University of Southern Maine for first place in the Little East with a 5-1 conference record. Eastern Conn., ranked second in this week's New England Division III poll, drops to 13-9 overall and 4-2 in the LEC.
Senior Jake Broom (New London, N.H.) had three hits for PSU in the opener. Graduate student Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, Mass.) started on the mound for PSU and got a no-decision in 5.2 innings of work, allowing three runs and striking out three.
Consecutive singles by Nate Frederick (Worcester, Mass.), senior Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) and Krajewski loaded the bases for PSU in the key eighth inning rally. After a pop up and a strike out, Luke Mancini (Scotia, N.Y.) singled in a run, freshman Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) drew a walk to bring in a run, and Ruziek delivered a two-run single to cap the rally.
The nightcap was a pitcher's duel between PSU freshman David Sampson (Bellingham, Mass.) and Eastern freshman Jordan Muchin (West Hartford, Conn.). Sampson allowed just one run on seven hits in eight innings of work, striking out three, while Muchin gave up just one run on five hits in seven-plus innings, fanning five. The decisions went to the bullpens, with sophomore Taylor Doyle (Peterborough, N.H.) earning the win with a scoreless inning of relief for PSU and senior Patrick O'Neil (Thomaston, Conn.) taking the loss.
Krajewski gave PSU a 1-0 lead with his first home run of the game and second of the season with two outs in the fourth inning. The Warriors evened the score with two outs in the sixth inning when sophomore D.J. Scavone (Auburn, Mass.) doubled and freshman Alex Parkos (Meriden, Conn.) followed with an RBI single to center. It stayed 1-1 until Krajewski's two-out blast to right field in the bottom of the ninth.
PSU is right back in action Sunday with a non-conference doubleheader at Colby College, beginning at noon.
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