Three-run rally in seventh inning lifts Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) drew two-out, bases-loaded walks in the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon to cap a three-run rally as Plymouth State University captured a 8-7 victory over Middlebury College in a non-conference baseball game at Panther Park.
Plymouth State led 5-0 after two innings, only to see Middlebury come back to take a 6-5 lead with one run in the fourth inning and five in the top of the seventh. PSU answered with three in the bottom of the seventh and held off the visitors in the eighth and ninth innings.
Senior Jake Broom (New London, N.H.) reached base safely four times on two hits and two walks to spark the PSU offense, and sophomore Nate Frederick (Worcester, Mass.) had two hits and two RBI. Sophomore Luke Mancini (Scotia, N.Y.) had two hits for PSU, including a double, and Goulet and Ruziak drove in two runs each.
Freshman Phil Bernstein was the top Middlebury hitter with three hits, leading a 15-hit attack. Four Panthers had two hits apiece – Garrett Werner, John Luke, Max Araya and Sam Graf.
Sophomore Ryan Perro (Glen Head, N.Y.) picked up the win in relief for PSU. Sophomore Brady Larson (Brunswick, Maine) recorded his second save, pitching two scoreless innings to close out the win. Jake Stalcup took his first loss in relief for Middlebury.
PSU (17-16) is back in action Thursday with a key Little East Conference game at Panther Park against Keene State College. Middlebury (9-16) is right back in action Thursday when they host Skidmore on Forbes Field at 4:00 p.m.
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