Wasilefsky goes deep twice as Panthers hit four homers in win
LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Freshman Andrew Wasilefsky (Willington, Conn.) hit a pair of home runs and junior Cam Cossette (Milford, Mass.) threw seven innings of shutout ball as the Plymouth State University baseball team topped Lyndon State College, 14-6, in a non-conference game at the Skip Pound Complex on Tuesday afternoon.
PSU improves to 14-15 on the season, while Lyndon drops to 19-18.
Wasilefsky came on as a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh and smashed a three-run bomb to right field to open up a 9-0 lead for the Panthers. He added a solo shot to lead off the ninth. Junior Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore Jimmy Zimolka (Londonderry, N.H.) also went yard for PSU. The four home runs are the most for PSU in a game since at least the 2007 season. The school record for home runs in a game is five, reached in a game against Middlebury College in 1987 and against then-Castleton State College in 1990.
PSU took a 1-0 lead in the third when junior Geoff Kayo (Londonderry, N.H.) poked a two-out single to center to plate freshman Joe Routhier (Nashua, N.H.). Goulet smacked a two-run shot to center in the fourth and added a two-run double with two away in the fifth as the Panthers extended to a 5-0 lead.
Plymouth State blew the game open with a five-run seventh inning. Kayo drove in a run ahead of Wasilefsky's three-run blast and Routhier capped the inning with an RBI single as the lead ballooned to 10-0.
Wasilefsky added his second long ball in as many at bats to lead off the ninth. Two hit batsman set up Zimolka for a three-run shot with two down in the inning to make it 14-0.
The Hornets pushed six runs across in the bottom of the ninth to spoil the shutout.
Seven of Plymouth's 14 runs came with two outs.
Wasilefsky finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and four RBI, as Goulet went 2-for-3 while scoring twice and driving in four. Zimolka ended 2-for-5 with three runs and three RBI. Routhier and sophomore Ben Curry (Hampstead, N.H.) also added multi-hit games as PSU racked up 13 hits as a team.
Cossette (1-0) scattered four singles while retiring the side in order in four of his seven innings to pick up his first win of the year. He struck out three.
PSU is currently scheduled to host Western Connecticut State University in an LEC doubleheader starting at noon on Friday (May 4) for Senior Day, though current weather forecasts predict steady rain and lightning. For up-to-date scheduling information refer to the PSU Athletics website, athletics.plymouth.edu.
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