PSU Baseball falters in setback to Old Westbury

PSU Baseball falters in setback to Old Westbury

Sytulek posts three-hit game in loss

            FORT MYERS, Fla. –  Plymouth State University dropped just its second game of the season on Wednesday evening after falling to SUNY Old Westbury, 10-7, in non-conference baseball action at Player Development Complex #3.

            A combined nine errors between the two teams made for a high-scoring affair. The two teams combined for just 12 strikeouts, leading to plenty of action in the field and the eight total stolen bases only added to the scoring opportunities.

            Plymouth State left 13 total runners on base, which proved to be one of the deciding factors in the setback.

            Scoring started in the top of the first inning with Old Westbury tacking on two runs with two hits, a stolen base and two fielding errors. Senior Liam Slattery (Floral Park, N.Y.) reached and stole second. An error behind the plate put Slattery 90-feet away and he scored after an infield error allowed junior John Fogarty (Westbury, N.Y.) to reach. An RBI single from junior John Condon (Oceanside, N.Y.) extended the lead to two.

            Plymouth bounced back in the bottom half with aggressive base running. After two quick outs junior Ryan Richard (Berlin, N.H.) walked and sophomore James Salta (Laconia, N.H.) was hit by a pitch. After a double steal put two runners in scoring position, Richard took home on an error behind the plate to cut the lead in half.

            PSU tied the game an inning later. After a leadoff double by senior Mitch Sytulek (Raymond, N.H.), classmate Luke Mancini (Scotia, N.Y.) moved him to third with a groundout to the left side of the infield. A sacrifice fly from sophomore Ben Curry (Hampstead, N.H.) leveled it at 2-2.

            The tie didn't last long, though, as Old Westbury tacked on two more in the next half inning. Senior Jesse Russo (Westbury, N.Y.) singled and Slattery followed with a walk. Fogarty advanced both on a groundout, and a two-RBI double from Condon brought both runners in.

            The New York Panthers tagged the PSU pitching staff for six runs between the fifth and sixth innings. Senior David Hawley (Freeport, N.Y.) took advantage of two runners on in the fifth with an RBI double to make it 6-2.

            An inning later, the combo of Fogarty and Condon increased the lead. Fogarty's fielder's choice and a wild pitch turned into another Condon RBI, his fourth of the day. An error at first scored Condon after he advanced to second on a Peter Capel (Hicksville, N.Y.) single, and freshman Dom Kriegel (Massapequa, N.Y.) belted a double to bring in two more.

            The scoring ended for Old Westbury in the sixth, as the Plymouth pitching staff locked down the back three frames. Trailing 10-2, the PSU fought back scoring runs in each of the last four innings. An RBI single in the sixth from senior Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.), an RBI from Sytulek in the seventh, and an RBI in the eighth from junior Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) cut the margin to five, 10-5, entering the ninth.

            Junior Ryan Boldwin (Manchester, N.H.) worked a leadoff walk and freshman Joe Routhier (Nashua, N.H.) came on to pinch run. Sytulek reached base on an error and Zimolka singled to load the bases with nobody out. Curry followed with a two-run single to make it 10-7. Old Westbury went to freshman Joshua Cruz (Manhattan, N.Y.) to work out of the jam and the rookie responded.

            A fielder's choice made left runners on the corners with one out and the top of the order coming up, but a fly out to right and grounder to third ended the PSU rally.

            Condon and senior Dean Sheridan (Huntington, N.Y.) both had three-hit games for OWS, as the duo combined for four RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore Jason Espinal (Bellport, N.Y.) was the winning pitcher, going five innings while surrendering two runs on just two hits while fanning four.

            Freshman Marc Phinney (Gloucester, Mass.) picked up his first loss of the season, going three innings while giving up four runs on seven hits. Sytulek went three-for-five with three runs scored, and Curry had his best game of the season at the plate with three RBI.

            The same two teams will meet again on Thursday with first pitch scheduled for 10:30 a.m.



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