By David Vigliotta, Student Assistant
PLYMOUTH, N.H.. – A Plymouth State College baseball player recently received weekly honors for his performance in four Panther games last week.
Sophomore Dakota Smith (Rochester, NH) was named Co-Player of the Week in the Little East Conference. The 5’11”, 170 pound outfielder batted .571 (12-21) in the week, with two doubles, one triple, a grand slam, and collected 10 RBIs. Smith tied a school record for hits in a game with five, doing it in both games of the doubleheader sweep over Western Connecticut. The sweet swinging Smith ranks first on the team in triples with three, second in RBIs with 23, and third in batting average with a .372 mark.
The Panther sluggers won their last two in a doubleheader against Western Connecticut, 29-4 and 24-5. The 53 runs and 57 hits in a doubleheader showed a great depth of hitters in the Panther lineup. Overall, PSC is 13-13-1 and is tied for third in the LEC with a 5-3 record.
Plymouth State plays four home games this week at Panther Field – beginning Wednesday (Apr. 28) vs. Salem State (3:30 p.m), which is 25-6 and ranked eighth in New England. PSC will also host Franklin Pierce on Thursday (Apr. 29) at 3:30 p.m., and then entertain UMass Boston Saturday (May 1) in an LEC twinbill (12 p.m.).
PANTHER NOTES: Top PSC hitters include shortstop Todd Steffanides (Fitchburg, MA), who ranks third in the LEC in runs scored (33), fifth in doubles (11), fifth in stolen bases (14), seventh in hits (42), and 12th in batting (.378). Also making the LEC ranks are Mike Bence (Warwick, RI) placing 4th in batting (.400) and 12th in hits (38), Ben DuBois (Franklin, NH) third in doubles (11) and 18th in hits (34). PSC pitchers among the LEC leaders are DuBois, ranking second in ERA with 1.64, second in wins with four, and fifth in strikeouts (38). Nate Provencher (Wilton, NH) ranks sixth in ERA with 3.91, Jeff Morgan (Laconia, NH) ranks tied for second in wins with four and Shane Balon (Manchester, NH) ranks second in saves with two.