FORT MYERS, Fla. – Plymouth State University’s baseball team completed competition in the annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic Thursday morning, dropping a pair of close contests to Grove City College (Pa.), 5-1 and 4-2.
Grove City scored single runs in the first three innings of the opener, but PSU stayed in the game and cut the margin to 3-1 on an RBI single in the sixth inning by junior C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.). Sophomore Trevor Hall (New Boston, N.H.) went to third on the play, but Rousseau and Hall were both stranded and Wolverines put the game away with two insurance runs in the last of the sixth.
Hall had a double and a triple in the game to lead the Panther hitters, and freshman Billy Post (Danville, N.H./Timberlane) also legged out a triple. PSU could manage only four hits off junior Erik Arnesen (Princeton, N.J.), who struck out 10 batters.
The second game was close as well. After each team plated a run in the first inning, Grove City took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning and extended it to 4-1 in the top of the seventh. PSU staged a mild comeback with a run in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t come up with the tying runs.
Hall and freshman Doug Urquhart (North Andover, Mass.) had RBI singles in the nightcap for Plymouth State. Senior Derek Guimond (Lewiston, Maine) had two hits to finish the day with 3-for-6, and Post added another extra-base hit with a double. Freshman Jim VanGyzen (Foster, R.I.) was a tough-luck loser for PSU, allowing just two runs (none earned) on six hits in four innings.
PSU wraps up its spring trip with a 3-7 record, while Grove City is now 2-5. The Panthers return to New England for the Little East Conference opener next Saturday, Apr. 2, at defending champion Eastern Connecticut State University (12:00 p.m.)
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