Shemick throws seven strong as Panthers run rampant on the base paths
RINDGE, N.H. – Junior Tyler Shemick (Foster, R.I.) went seven innings allowing just one earned run while striking out seven and Plymouth State University stole a program-record 12 bases in an 11-4 win over Lyndon State College in non-conference baseball action at Pappas Field at Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday night.
Shemick put together easily his best start in a PSU uniform, setting season bests in innings pitched, hits, runs and strikeouts to earn his first win of the year. His final stat line – seven innings, three hits, two runs (one earned) three walks and seven strikeouts. He improves to 1-2 on the season.
Plymouth got two in the bottom of the first to take the early lead. Junior Ryan Richard (Berlin, N.H.) worked a leadoff walk and promptly stole second. Junior Geoff Kayo (Londonderry, N.H.) singled up the middle and just like that the Panthers had a 1-0 lead. Kayo swiped second and advanced to third on a groundout. Senior Nate Frederick (Worcester, Mass.) was gifted a sacrifice fly RBI when he fouled out along the fence on the first base line. The Lyndon State first baseman, second baseman and catcher were all in pursuit and nobody covered home allowing Kayo to score uncontested.
Richard started another rally in the third inning. He singled up the middle with one out, then moved to second on a wild pitch. Kayo singled to put runners on the corners, then swiped second and junior Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) smoked a double over the leftfielders head to plate two more. Frederick grounded to third but Goulet got under the tag and sophomore Ben Curry (Hampstead, N.H.) beat out a nubber down the third base line to drive him in.
The Hornets got a run back in the top of the fourth. After two quick outs senior Andre Eason Jr. (Waterbury, Conn.) walked and sophomore Codi Smith (Hartford, Vt.) singled up the middle. The centerfielder overran the ball, which rolled all the way to the fence, allowing Eason Jr. to score. Smith would have scored too, but he stumbled rounding third and was forced to hold up. After a walk, Shemick recovered to get a fly out to end the rally.
PSU got the run right back in the bottom of the inning. Senior Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) walked and stole second, then advanced to third on a grounder to the right side. Richard earned a free pass and pinch runner Joe Routhier (Nashua, N.H.) stole second. Kayo lined a sacrifice fly to center to score Ruziak to make it 6-1.
Lyndon State used a hit batter, single and sacrifice fly to plate a run in the top of the fifth and the Panthers were held scoreless in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, but PSU took advantage of a pair of Hornets' miscues in the seventh to break the game open.
Frederick started the rally with a long home run down the leftfield line. Senior Mitch Sytulek (Raymond, N.H.) walked and stole second and sophomore James Salta (Laconia, N.H.) struck out but reached first on a wild pitch. Salta stole second and, after a strikeout, the Panthers stole a run on a suicide squeeze with Ruziak at the plate. The LSC pitcher misplayed the ball to allow Ruziak to reach first. Ruziak stole second and sophomore Jimmy Zimolka (Londonderry, N.H.) scored both runners with a single.
Zimolka stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch and Routhier walked to put runners on the corners with one away. PSU pulled off a double steal to make it 11-2.
Lyndon added a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to account for the 11-4 final.
Eight of the nine PSU hitters in the starting lineup reached base safely, while Kayo and Curry had two-hit games. Kayo, Goulet, Frederick and Zimolka all knocked in a pair of runs. Routhier, Kayo, Ruziak and Zimolka all stole two bases, with Richard, Sytulek, Curry and Salta all recording a single steal as the Panthers set a new program record with 12 steals in a game.
Plymouth State will kick-off Little East Conference (LEC) play with a double header at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday. Games are scheduled for 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
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