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PSU Baseball splits doubleheader with Rhode Island College

PSU Baseball splits doubleheader with Rhode Island College

Six-run rally lifts Panthers to win in nightcap

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A two-run home run by senior James Garnett (Newport, R.I.) highlighted a six-run ninth inning comeback for Plymouth State University Thursday afternoon as the Panthers rallied for a 7-6 victory over Rhode Island College to earn a split of a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader at Panther Park.

            The Anchormen rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the first game to pull out a 6-5 victory in 10 innings. The games marked the regular season finale for both schools, with RIC winding up 17-17 overall and 5-9 in the LEC and PSU at 19-19 overall and 4-10 in conference play. RIC earned the fifth seed in next week's Little East Tournament while Plymouth State finished one win short of making the playoffs.

            Garnett homered for PSU in both ends of the doubleheader and sophomore Ryan Boldwin (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) and junior Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) also hit round-trippers in the opener.

 

THE BASICS

NCAA College Baseball – Little East Conference

at Panther Park, Plymouth, N.H. – Thursday, May 5, 2017

Rhode Island College 6, Plymouth State 5 (10 innings)

Plymouth State 7, Rhode Island College 6

Records: Plymouth State 15-15 (3-7 LEC); Keene State 12-18 (4-6 LEC)

 

GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS

* Garnett's two-run home run in the first inning gave PSU an early  2-1 lead, and Boldwin's solo blast an inning later made it 3-1. After an unearned run in the fifth, Ruziak's solo homer in the sixth put the Panthers ahead, 5-2.

* RIC staged a four-run rally in the seventh inning. Austin Barry led off with a home run, and Nick Cahoone and Brad Douglas had RBI singles as the Anchormen battled back to tie the game at 5-5.

* The Anchormen scored the eventual game-winning run in the 10th when Barry doubled, and Scott Vigeant delivered an RBI single.

* Erry Baldayac earned the win for RIC with three scoreless, hitless innings of relief, striking out two.

 

GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS

* RIC pitcher PJ Watson had PSU's number for seven innings, holding the Panthers scoreless with just two hits and three walks. The Anchormen built a comfortable lead with four runs in the third inning and another run in the fifth and took a 5-0 lead into the late innings.

* PSU got on the board with one run in the eighth inning when sophomore Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) doubled and senior Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) drove him in with a single to center. Rhode Island got that one back in the top of the ninth on Barry's RBI single.

* Plymouth State's big rally in the ninth inning started with an RBI single by senior Eric Leitch (Lanesboro, Mass.). Sophomore Ryan Richard (Berlin, N.H.) added a sacrifice fly, and Garnett blasted a two-out, two-run homer to tie the score at 6-6. The Panthers then won it when Krajewski singled to right and junior Nate Frederick (Worcester, Mass.) brought him home with a walk-off double.

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