Boldwin's sac fly in the tenth wins it for the Panthers
FORT MYERS, Fla. – In a game that lasted nearly four hours, junior Ryan Boldwin (Manchester, N.H.) plated the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the tenth inning to lead Plymouth State University to a 12-11 win over No. 21 Johns Hopkins University in a non-conference baseball game at Terry Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers (2-0) used five pitchers in the battle, with graduate student Dallas DeFrancesco (Meriden, Conn.) picking up his first win of the season in relief. Johns Hopkins (7-5) came back from an 8-2 deficit with a nine-run sixth inning to pull ahead 11-8, but Plymouth State clawed back with four runs in the final three innings to grab the win. Junior Harrison Folk (Coppell, Texas) took the loss for the Blue Jays.
The PSU bats were on fire, pounding out 16 hits with eight different players recording base knocks, five with multi-hit performances. Junior outfielder Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) led the way, going 4-5 with a double, triple, RBI and two stolen bases.
Junior David Sampson (Bellingham, Mass.) got the start for the Panthers and was strong through the first five innings before being chased in the sixth.
Both teams struck in the first. A single from senior Nate Frederick (Worcester, Mass.) scored Goulet from second, but JHU evened the score in the bottom of the frame when senior Zach Jaffe (New York, N.Y.) scampered home after a wild pitch.
Sampson and Blue Jays' starter Alex Ross (San Ramon, Calif.) blew through the next three innings before the Panthers took the lead. Frederick reached on an error to lead off the top of the fourth ahead of a walk to senior Mitch Sytulek (Raymond, N.H.). Boldwin's sacrifice bunt advanced both runners and a wild pitch followed by a throwing error scored both runners. Sophomore Jimmy Zimolka (Londonderry, N.H.) worked a walk, then swiped second base. Senior Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) and Goulet followed with back-to-back triples to give the Panthers a 5-1 lead.
Right-hander David Glass (Plainview, N.Y.) took over on the mound for Johns Hopkins to start the fifth, and he was greeted by a single from junior Ryan Richard (Berlin, N.H.). After a steal and sacrifice moved Richard to third, Boldwin drove him in with a RBI single to center field.
JHU used three hits to steal a run back in the bottom of the inning, cutting the margin to 6-2.
Zimolka led off the sixth with a triple and after a pair of infield groundouts, junior Geoff Kayo (Londonderry, N.H.) singled to make it 7-2. Kayo stole second and came around to score on Richard's double.
Leading 8-2 it looked as though Plymouth State was well on its way to a win, but the Blue Jays erupted for nine runs on six hits and an error to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth. JHU loaded the bases with none out. A sacrifice fly and fielder's choice made it an 8-4 game, then senior Frank Clara (Woodbury, N.Y.) drove in another run with a double. After a two-run single chased Sampson, sophomore Nate Davis (Ashburn, Va.) tripled and senior Chris DeGiacomo (Norwell, Mass.) launched a two-run shot over the right field fence to make it 11-8. Freshman Marc Phinney (Gloucester, Mass.) came on in relief and he prevented any further damage with a strikeout.
The Panthers tied things up in the eighth. Ruziak and Goulet both singled to put runners on the corners. Both runners advanced after a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Kayo singled and Richard's groundout put runners on second and third for Frederick, who plated them both with a single up the middle.
DeFrancesco and junior Dylan Gaita (Melrose, Mass.) combined to throw three innings of hitless relief allowing just a pair of baserunners on two walks.
PSU scratched together a single run in the tenth to win it. Richard led off with a single and advanced to second on an infield groundout. Sytulek's base hit moved Richard to third and Boldwin drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Gaita closed the door in the bottom half, getting a strikeout and fly out with the tying run on second following a hit batsman and stolen base.
Richard finished 3-4 with a double and two steals. Goulet, Kayo, Richard, Zimolka and Ruziak all scored twice in the win, with Gaita picking up his first save of the year.
PSU is back in action Sunday morning with a 9:00 a.m. game against Augustana (Ill.) College.
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