MANSFIELD, Conn. – Defending Little East Conference champion and NCAA Division III national runner-up Eastern Connecticut State University proved to be too much for the Plymouth State University baseball team Friday afternoon, handing the Panthers a pair of lopsided losses, 27-0 and 11-1, in the LEC opener for both schools at the ECSU Baseball Stadium.
The games were originally scheduled for Saturday (Apr. 2), but were moved up a day in anticipation on Saturday’s rainstorm. PSU drops to 3-9 overall while ECSU is now 9-6.
Freshman Chip Hale (Londonderry, N.H.) drew the start in the opener for PSU, and allowed only two hits and a run through three innings before being touched for four runs in the fourth. ECSU then blew the game open with 10 runs off two pitchers in the fifth inning.
The Panther offense managed only three singles the whole game, two by senior Derek Guimond (Lewiston, Maine) and one by sophomore Jamie Aceto (Cumberland, R.I.)
PSU had only five hits in the second game, including two by Aceto. Sophomore Trevor Hall (New Boston, N.H.) also singled, freshmen Brandon Hodge (Bradford, Vt.) cracked a double, and Doug Urquhart (North Andover, Mass.) knocked in the Panthers’ only run with an RBI single in the fourth inning. Freshman Ben Pietro (East Dennis, Mass.) pitched into the sixth inning but allowed six runs and took the loss.
It is uncertain when PSU will play again. Sunday’s scheduled home opener has been postponed, and with heavy rains expected, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s home games against Keene State and Becker are unlikely as well.
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