Brown throws six scoreless as Panthers take game two
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Tyler Brown (Littleton, N.H.) threw six scoreless innings and junior Geoff Kayo (Londonderry, N.H.) went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Plymouth State University baseball team to a 6-2 win over #5 University of Massachusetts Boston in game two of a Little East Conference (LEC) doubleheader at Panther Park on Saturday. The Beacons held off PSU for a 12-8 win in game one.
With the split the Panthers go to 13-15 overall and 5-7 in the Little East. The game two win assures Plymouth State will qualify for the six-team, LEC Tournament in two weeks. Additionally, PSU has now topped three nationally-ranked opponents this spring.
UMass Boston improves to 27-7 and 10-2 in conference play and needs a sweep of Rhode Island College or one loss by Southern Maine on Friday to earn the top seed and right to host the tournament.
UMass Boston took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when sophomore Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.) led off with a double and came home on a single from classmate Anthony Cecere (Wakefield, Mass.).
PSU rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull ahead. The Panthers used four straight base hits to take a 2-1 lead. Senior Nate Frederick (Worcester, Mass.) and sophomore Ben Curry (Hampstead, N.H.) both had RBI singles. After a strikeout for the second out of the inning a walk to senior Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) loaded the bases. Freshman Joe Routhier (Nashua, N.H.) was hit by a pitch and sophomore Jimmy Zimolka (Londonderry, N.H.) worked a walk to plate two more as PSU went ahead 4-1.
The Beacons got the runs right back in the next half inning. A walk and two-run homer from junior Kyle Boudrais (Medford, Mass.) cut the Panthers' lead to 4-3. UMB followed with a walk and single before McCormick plated two more with a double to center. Cecere followed with an RBI double as UMass Boston went ahead 6-4, and a sacrifice fly and passed ball allowed two more Beacons' runs to score.
Routhier drove in a run with a sac fly in the bottom of the sixth and after Kayo led off the seventh with a triple, a fly out from junior Ryan Richard (Berlin, N.H.) made it 8-6. Later in the inning Curry's two-bagger scored junior Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) as the Panthers pulled to within one.
UMB scored twice in the top of the eighth, but Routhier had a run-scoring groundout in the bottom half as the Panthers went to the ninth trailing 10-8. A single and two-run shot by junior Wanderson Pinales (Bani, D.R.) accounted for the 12-8 final score.
Junior Dylan Gaita (Melrose, Mass.) took the loss to drop to 3-2 on the season. Curry finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, and Goulet went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Routhier drove in three.
Sophomore JT Morin (Wilton, Conn.) improved to 5-1 for the Beacons and junior Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) set a new program-record for the Beacons, picking up his eighth save of the year after surrendering an unearned run over the final two innings. Boudrais, McCormick and Cecere combined to go 7-for-14 with seven RBI and five runs scored.
Brown allowed just five baserunners in his six innings of work as the Panthers built a 3-0 lead. Richard's double put runners on second and third with none out in the bottom of the third and both came around to score after an RBI ground out and sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
PSU added an unearned run in the fourth when Ruziak walked, stole second and came around to score on a UMB error.
With Brown out of the game, the Beacons broke through with a run in the top of the seventh when junior Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.) ripped a two-out RBI double down the right field line, but Plymouth answered right back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Kayo double and Richard walked and a wild pitch put runners on second and third with nobody out. It looked like the Beacons would escape unscathed after a pair of infield outs, but senior Mitch Sytulek (Raymond, N.H.) smacked a clutch, two-run single to right field to put the Panthers ahead 5-1.
Both teams added a single run in the eighth; the Beacons' coming on a wild pitch and PSU's on a squeeze play to make it 6-2. Junior David Sampson (Bellingham, Mass.) allowed just a two-out walk in the ninth to close out the game.
Brown (2-1) allowed just three hits and a pair of walks against four strikeouts in his six innings. Sampson got the final four outs for his second save. Kayo finished 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, while Richard scored twice and Sytulek drove in a pair. Senior Luke Mancini (Scotia, N.Y.) had a two-hit game with a single and double.
Junior Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.) gave up three runs, two earned, and six hits over six innings to suffer his first loss of the year (7-1). Senior Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.) had three of the Beacons' five hits. Classmate Dave Murphy (Plymouth, Mass.) worked three walks.
PSU's non-conference doubleheader with University of Massachusetts Dartmouth scheduled for Sunday (Apr. 29) has been canceled due to expected rain. The Panthers are set to host Framingham State University for a single game on Monday (Apr. 30) with first pitch at 3:30 p.m.
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