Goulet, Zimolka, Boldwin all go deep for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Seniors Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) and Ryan Boldwin (Penacook, N.H.) and junior Jimmy Zimolka (Londonderry, N.H.) each homered, but Plymouth State University came out on the short end of a wild 17-12 game with Northern Vermont University-Lyndon in non-conference baseball action at Parish Field on Monday afternoon.
The two teams combined for 28 hits in a game that saw the visiting Hornets build a 16-run lead, before Plymouth rallied to make things interesting. The teams traded first inning runs, but NVU-Lyndon scored five times in the second, four in the fourth and another seven in the fifth to build a 17-1 lead. Plymouth State fought back, though, plating five runs in the bottom of the fifth and scoring in three of the remaining four innings to cut into the deficit.
Goulet finished 2-for-6 at the plate to extend his season-long on base streak to 33 games, while his home run added to his program-record total which now stands at 12.
Plymouth State falls to 13-20, while the Hornets move to 21-19.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 12, NVU-Lyndon 17
Plymouth State (13-20)
How it Happened:
* The visitors jumped out to a first inning lead when a two-out base hit scored the game's first run.
* The Panthers answered quickly as Goulet drilled a pitch over the 400-foot marker in left center field to tie the game at 1-1.
* Lyndon kept swinging the hot bats in the second. Five of the first six batters had singles to score two runs and another came home on a foul out, before a two-run double capped the inning and give the Hornets a 6-1 lead.
* The visitors added another four runs on a single and bases loaded double in the fourth.
* It seemed like the Hornets put the game away after scoring seven times in the top of the fifth, but PSU began its rally in the bottom of the inning.
* Freshman Jacob Unkles (Derry, N.H.) singled ahead of a walk, before Zimolka launched a three-run shot down the right field line. Goulet kept the inning going with a single and Boldwin blasted his seventh home run of the year into the trees in right center to make it 17-6.
* A hit batter and back-to-back singles from senior Gavin Cook (Littleton, N.H.) and Unkles loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth and sophomore Joe Routhier (Nashua, N.H.) drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
* PSU kept the pressure on, taking advantage of a pair of Hornet errors to add two unearned runs in the seventh. After a Boldwin walk, junior James Salta (Laconia, N.H.) singled and an infield error gave the Panthers a run. Cook was hit by a pitch to load the bases and another NVU-Lyndon error made it 17-9, but the Hornets got out of the jam a fly out.
* The hosts attempted to stage a final rally in the bottom of the ninth. J. Salta singled and two hit batsmen loaded the bases with one out. Unkles singled in a run and a second came home on a groundout. Zimolka reached on an error to make it 17-12, but the Hornets got the final out to hold on for the win.
Inside the Numbers:
* Unkles had his first career three-hit game finishing 3-for-5. He added a run scored and his first collegiate RBI.
* Goulet and J. Salta each had two hits and scored twice, while Zimolka drove in a team-high three runs with his homer.
* Sophomore Trevor Delesdernier (Nianic, Conn.) took the loss for the Panthers. Freshman Harry Welch (Medford, Mass.) threw 2.1 scoreless innings and senior Chris Mansour (Lowell, Mass.) made his pitching debut, striking out one over the final two innings.
* Sophomore Cameron Flinn (Barre, Vt.) earned the win for the Hornets, allowing seven runs (all earned) and three homers over five innings of work.
* PSU hosts Keene State College in a Little East Conference game on Tuesday (Apr. 30) on Senior Day. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.
* The Hornets compete in the NAC Tournament this weekend. As the second seed, Lyndon will face third-seeded Thomas College at top-seeded Husson University on Friday (May 3).
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