Goulet with four total hits and another home run
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) had four hits on the day, including another home run, but Plymouth State University dropped both ends of a double header #3 University of Southern Maine in Little East Conference (LEC) baseball action at Ed Flaherty Field on Saturday.
Senior Dylan Gaita (Melrose, Mass.) allowed just two earned runs over six-plus innings and Goulet extended his program record with his 13th dinger of the year, but the Huskies scored six times in the bottom of the eighth to take game on, 10-3.
USM got out to a quick start in game two, scoring in each of the first five innings to build a 17-1 lead. The Panthers attempted to rally, but ran out of time to fall by a 17-5 margin in seven innings.
Goulet finished 4-for-8 with a double and homer, two runs scored and five RBI. He has reached base in all 36 games this spring.
Plymouth State falls to 14-22 overall and 5-11 in LEC play. The Panthers were eliminated from postseason contention. Southern Maine, ranked third in the NCBWA/D3baseball.com poll, improves to 31-5 and 14-2, capturing the regular season title and number one seed for next week's LEC Tournament.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 3, #3 Southern Maine 10 (Game One)
Plymouth State 5, #3 Southern Maine 17 (Game Two – Seven Innings)
Plymouth State (14-22, 5-11 LEC)
#3 Southern Maine (31-5, 14-2 LEC)
How it Happened (Game One):
* PSU got off to a quick start as leadoff hitter Jimmy Zimolka (Londonderry, N.H.) worked and walk and Goulet followed with a home run to left field, as the Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
* USM came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back, two-out, RBI singles.
* The hosts went up 4-2 in the third after plating a pair of unearned runs.
* Plymouth State got one run back in the sixth. Goulet reached on an infield hit and moved up on a ground out before coming home on a throwing error.
* Goulet opened the eight with his third hit, a single to center, and stole second to move into scoring position with one down, but the Panthers couldn't bring him around to tie the game.
* The Huskies broke things open with six runs in the bottom of the frame, including a bases loaded triple.
Inside the Numbers (Game One):
* Goulet went 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI. He was the only Panther to reach base multiple times.
* Gaita (3-3) took the loss after scattering nine hits over six-plus innings. He allowed four total runs, though just two were earned, and struck out four.
* Junior Ben Lambert (Saco, Maine) improved to 8-0 on the hill for the Huskies after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over 6.2 innings. He struck out seven.
How it Happened (Game Two):
* Southern Maine wasted little time in the nightcap, plating six runs in the bottom of the first, including a two-run and three-run home run for the hosts.
* PSU got one back in the second. Richard singled and junior Andrew Salta (Laconia, N.H.) doubled down the right field line to make it 6-1.
* USM came right back to plate two in the next half inning on a bases loaded walk and passed ball.
* The Huskies made it 10-1 with a two-run shot in the third and tacked on another six runs in the fourth.
* Trailing 17-1, the Panthers attempted to claw back into the game as Richard knocked in a run in the sixth.
* Goulet smacked a bases-loaded, two-out double in the seventh to make it 17-5, but the Huskies would end the game with a groundout.
Inside the Numbers (Game Two):
* Goulet's seventh-inning double extended his on base streak to 36 games. He finished 1-for-4 with three RBI.
* Richard had a pair of singles in the setback.
* Senior Cam Cossette (Milford, Mass.) took the loss to drop to 2-5. Junior Alex Larson (Brunswick, Maine) was the most effective of the five PSU pitchers throwing two innings of one-hit, scoreless ball.
* Junior Gage Feeney (Cutler, Maine) struck out seven over five innings to improve to 6-1.
* The Panthers visit Bowdoin College on Sunday (May 5) for the season finale. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.
* USM hosts Tufts University for a 1:00 p.m. game on Sunday (May 5).
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