Late rally lifts Panthers to victory in opener
LEWISTON, Maine – The Plymouth State University baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader at Bates College on Sunday afternoon at Leahey Field, defeating the Bobcats 7-1 in the first game before falling 1-0 in the nightcap.
The Panthers move to 16-18 overall on the season, while Bates is now 14-12. The Bobcats also defeated PSU last Monday in Plymouth, 6-5.
Senior Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) went 1-for-3 in the first game to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, but went hitless in the nightcap to end the streak.
NCAA College Baseball – Non-conference
at Leahey Field, Lewiston, Maine – Sunday, April 30, 2017
Plymouth State 7, Bates 1
Bates 1, Plymouth State 0
Records: Plymouth State 16-17; Bates 14-12
* The Panthers scored six runs in the top of the seventh to pull away late for a 7-1 victory. Until the seventh, game one was a classic pitchers' duel between Bates freshman Nolan Collins (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and Plymouth State's Connor MacRae (Newburyport, Mass.).
* Collins (0-3) surrendered a run in the first but settled down after that. Sophomore Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) got the Panther offense going with a double to left center leading off the game. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sophomore Ryan Richard (Berlin, N.H.) ground out to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
* Richard and senior James Garnett (Newport, R.I.) got the Plymouth State offense going in the seventh with a single and a walk respectively. Krajewski singled in Richard, chasing Collins from the game. A walk loaded the bases and sophomore Ryan Boldwin (Manchester, N.H.) singled in two runs to make the score 4-0 in favor of the Panthers. Another walk reloaded the bases and one out later pinch hitter Mitch Sytulek (Raymond, N.H.) singled in another run. A pair of bases loaded walks to Goulet and Richard made the score 7-0.
* The Bobcats got on the board in the bottom half of the frame. Sophomore Dan Trulli (Melrose, Mass.) reached on a dropped third strike, advanced to second a ground ball and moved to third when freshman Kyle Carter (Plantation, Fla.) singled to center. Jack Arend (Newfields, N.H.) pinch hit for Mszar and blooped a ball into shallow center that got misplayed. The Panthers were able to force out Carter at second on the play but Trulli scored to make the score 7-1.
* Freshman Alex Larson (Brunswick, Maine) got the final outs to post his second save.
Sophomore Brendan Smith pitched a complete game shutout for the Bobcats, earning his first career victory by holding the Panthers to just three hits, walking one and striking out five.
* Senior Dallas DeFrancesco (Meriden, Conn.) also tossed a complete game for PSU but took the hard luck loss. He scattered five hits over six innings, allowing one run and striking out three.
* After Smith retired the side in order in the first, the Bobcats scored the only run they needed in the bottom half of the inning. Freshman Will Sylvia (Newton, Mass.) doubled to start the first for Bates. He advanced to second on a ground ball and scored on an Arend grounder. Arend recorded both runs batted in on the day for Bates.
* Smith retired the first 10 batters he faced before Richard reached on an infield single in the top of the fourth. Richard stole second and with two away, he advanced to third on a wild pitch. But Smith got Krajewski to fly out to end the inning.
* Eric Leitch singled with one out for PSU in the sixth. Then he attempted to steal second but was gunned down for the second out of the inning. Goulet drew a walk and successfully stole second. Richard followed with a single to right but Goulet was thrown out trying to score on the play, preserving the 1-0 edge for the Bobcats.
Smith struck out the first two batters in the seventh and got Nate Frederick to ground out to end the game.
* PSU returns home to host Tufts University on Tuesday in a non-conference game at Panther Park (3:30 p.m.).*
The Bobcats (14-12) continue their preparation for the NESCAC Championships with a visit to Maine-Farmington on Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. first pitch.
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