Sytulek drives in three, Sampson earns the win for the Panthers
NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – Senior Mitch Sytulek (Raymond, N.H.) drove in three runs and junior David Sampson (Bellingham, Mass.) pitched 5.1 innings of hitless ball as the Plymouth State University baseball team topped Framingham State University, 6-1, in a non-conference game at the New England Baseball Complex on Wednesday.
Plymouth State (1-0) broke the scoreless tie with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning. Junior Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) opened the inning with a walk, then was sacrificed to second. Junior Ryan Richard (Berlin, N.H.) reached on an error that allowed Goulet to score from second. Richard swiped second and third around a walk to senior Nate Frederick (Worcester, Mass.), and Sytulek grounded into a fielder's choice to plate Richard.
Framingham (0-3) came back with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Senior Matthew Brockett (Guilford, Conn.) was hit by a pitch, then advanced to third following a passed ball and wild pitch. Sampson struck out sophomore Andrew Curtis (Dracut, Mass.) for the first out, but surrendered a walk to end his day. Junior Dylan Gaita (Melrose, Mass.) relieved and got sophomore Anthony Venuti (Braintree, Mass.) to ground into a fielder's choice when Brockett was cut down at the plate, but senior Cameron Borrelli (Peabody, Mass.) singled to right field to drive in a run. Gaita recovered to strike out the next batter to end the Rams' rally.
PSU loaded the bases with no one out in the top of the eighth but was only able to scratch together one run. Richard opened the inning with a two-base error, then Frederick reached on a bunt single to push Richard to third. After Sytulek was hit by a pitch, junior Ryan Boldwin (Manchester, N.H.) plated Richard with a fielder's choice before FSU senior Chris Riga (Westfield, Mass.) was able to limit the damage by striking out the next two batters.
The Panthers broke the game open with three more runs in the ninth. Junior Geoff Kayo (Londonderry, N.H.) singled home Goulet with one out. Richard reached on a fielder's choice then stole second. Following a walk to Frederick, PSU pulled off a double steal and Sytulek singled through the left side to drive them both in.
Sampson walked four without allowing a hit while striking out eight during his 5.1 innings to earn the win (1-0), while Gaita went the final 3.2 innings giving up no runs and allowing three hits while striking out six. Kayo finished 2-for-4 at the plate and Boldwin accounted for PSU's only extra base hit, a double. The Panthers were aggressive on the bases, stealing 12 bags in the game.
Riga went eight innings for the Rams but was let down by his defense as all three runs he allowed were unearned. He falls to 0-1 with the loss.
The Panthers are back in action on Sunday (Mar. 11) when they host Lyndon State College in a game played at Pappas Field at Franklin Pierce University. First pitch is set for noon.
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