Richard leads Panthers with four hits on the day
RINDGE, N.H. – Senior Ryan Richard (Berlin, N.H.) had four hits on the day, but Plymouth State University lost both ends of a Little East Conference (LEC) baseball double header at the hands of Eastern Connecticut State University in a pair of games played at Pappas Field on the campus of Franklin Pierce University on Friday.
The Warriors used a 10-run sixth inning to take game one, 16-0, in seven innings, before completing the sweep with a seven-inning, 19-5 win in game two.
PSU drops to 11-17 overall and 3-8 in conference play, while the Warriors improve to 16-13 and 6-6 in league action.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 0, Eastern Connecticut 16 (Game One - seven innings)
Plymouth State 5, Eastern Connecticut 19 (Game Two - seven innings)
Plymouth State (11-17, 3-8 LEC)
Eastern Connecticut (16-13, 6-6 LEC)
How it Happened (Game One):
* The Warriors took a first-inning lead without a hit as runs came home on a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly.
* Eastern Connecticut made it 3-0 with a solo home run in the third. The Warriors threatened to add more with a pair of runners in scoring position, but senior Cam Cossette (Milford, Mass.) worked out of the jam.
* PSU's first chance to break through came in the fourth. Richard reached on an error and senior Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) singled. Richard tagged up and went to third on a fly ball and Goulet stole second, but the next two batters were retired to end the inning.
* The visitors broke the game open with a ten-run sixth inning.
* Freshman Matt Malcolm (East Lyme, Conn.) socked his second homer of the game to lead off the seventh, and later in the inning a two-run shot made it 16-0.
Inside the Numbers (Game One):
* Cossette allowed six runs over 5.2 innings to fall to 2-3 on the year.
* Richard had a pair of singles, while Goulet was the only other Panther to reach base twice (single, walk).
* Senior Jordan Muchin (West Hartford, Conn.) kept the PSU bats off balance, striking out ten while allowing just four hits to earn the complete game win and improve to 4-3.
How it Happened (Game Two):
* PSU opened the scoring in the bottom of the second. Junior Andrew Salta (Laconia, N.H.) worked a leadoff walk and sophomore Joe Routhier (Nashua, N.H.) singled to put runners on the corners. Routhier swiped second, but it looked like Eastern Connecticut might escape as the next two batters struck out. Back-to-back RBI singles from junior Jimmy Zimolka (Londonderry, N.H.) and Richard gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
* ECSU responded in the next half inning, scoring four times on a pair of RBI singles, a run-scoring fielder's choice and a bases-loaded hit by pitch to pull in front, 4-2.
* An unearned run came home in the top of the fifth as the Warriors extended the lead, but a Goulet double and run-scoring single from senior Geoff Kayo (Londonderry, N.H.) in the bottom of the frame cut it to 5-3.
* Eastern Connecticut exploded for 11 runs in the sixth to take control.
* Junior James Salta (Laconia, N.H.) followed a Routhier walk with his fourth homer of the year, a shot to center field, to make it 16-5, but Eastern socked back-to-back dingers in the top of the seventh to account for the final score.
Inside the Numbers (Game Two):
* Richard had another two-hit game, while Kayo, A. Salta, Routhier and senior Ryan Boldwin (Penacook, N.H.) all reached base twice.
* Freshman Derek Walker (Littleton, N.H.) took the loss (0-1) after going 2.2 innings and giving up four runs.
* Junior John Mesagno (Tappan, N.Y.) and senior William Coleman (Northford, Conn.) each had three hits for the Warriors. Mesagno finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI, while Coleman went 3-for-5 with a double and homer, four runs scored and two RBI.
* Sophomore Bryan Albee (Killingly, Conn.) earned the win (2-0) after throwing 1.1 innings of scoreless ball.
* PSU heads to Middlebury on Wednesday (Apr. 24) for a non-conference game at 4:00 p.m.
* The Warriors visit rival WestConn on Tuesday (Apr. 23) for a 3:30 p.m. LEC tilt.
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