Frederick's two-run double sparks Panthers to win in nightcap
LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – The Plymouth State University and Lyndon State College baseball teams split a non-conference doubleheader by identical scores Tuesday afternoon at Skip Pound Field, the host Hornets taking the opener and the visiting Panthers winning the nightcap, both by 5-2 counts.
Senior Jake Broom (New London, N.H.) drove in both Panther runs in the opener, one on a single and one on a sacrifice fly. Sophomore Nate Frederick (Worcester, Mass.) cracked a two-run double to spark the Panthers offense in the nightcap, and senior Justin Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) had two hits, including an RBI triple.
The outcome keeps the Panthers at the .500 mark with a 19-19 overall record, while Lyndon State slides to 11-28.
PSU managed just two runs on seven hits in the opener. The Panthers scored their first run in the third inning when sophomore Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) tripled and came home on Broom's single through the left side. They tacked on another run in the fifth inning when freshman Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H./South) singled, stole second and third, and came home on Broom's sac fly to center.
The Panther bullpen got a strong performance from junior Connor MacRae (Newburyport, Mass.), who was perfect in his two-and-a-third-innings stint, striking out three. MacRae came in for freshman Cam Cossette (Milford, Mass.), who pitched the first 3.2 innings and took the loss.
After Lyndon State took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap, PSU tied the game in the third inning. Ruziak walked and junior Eric Leitch (Lanesboro, Mass.) was hit by a pitch, setting the table for Frederick's two-run double to left. The Panthers took the lead an inning later as Ruziak doubled and later scored on a wild pitch, and Walsh singled and later scored on an infield hit by Leitch. PSU added an insurance run in the sixth when Ruziak reached on an error and Walsh tripled to bring him home.
Freshman Sean Engel (Tyngsboro, Mass.) earned his first career win (1-0) for PSU, allowing just one earned run on three hits in four innings. Sophomore Dallas DeFrancesco (Meriden, Conn.) gave up just one hit in two innings of relief, and junior James Garnett (Newport, R.I.) pitched a perfect seventh inning for his first save.
PSU will wrap up the regular season with a Senior Day and Little East Conference doubleheader at Panther Park against Western Connecticut State University, beginning at noon.
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