PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A four-run rally in the top of the ninth inning by Plymouth State College went for naught Sunday when St. Joseph’s plated one run in the bottom of the inning and came away with an 8-7 non-conference baseball victory over the Panthers.
PSC, which had won five of its previous six games, drops back to the .500 mark, falling to 11-11-1.
The Panthers got three runs to grab a 3-1 lead in the second inning when junior 2B Jason Freeman (Manhasset, NY) cracked his first career home run, a two-run blast, and the next batter, freshman C/DH Matt Price (Epping, NH), connected on his first career round-tripper, one of his three hits on the day.
St. Joe’s battled back in the fifth inning, getting four runs off PSC starter Chris Mann (Leominster, MA) to take a 5-3 lead. SJC’s Chris Lord had a key hit with an RBI double, and Dave Quintal followed with a three-run homer. The Monks added solo runs in the sixth and eighth innings, taking a 7-3 lead to the ninth inning.
Sophomore Dakota Smith (Rochester, NH) and Price started PSC’s rally with singles, and after George Gauthier (Rochester, NH) was hit by a pitch with one out, senior SS Todd Steffanides (Fitchburg, MA) knocked in two runs with a single. Steffanides finished the day 4-for-5. Pinch-runner Drew Leavitt (Turner, ME) also scored and Steffanides advanced to third on an outfielder’s error, and Steffanides tied the game when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Jim Freda (Windham, NH).
St. Joseph’s loaded the bases in the bottom half of the ninth off PSC reliever Shane Balon (Manchester, NH) on a hit, an error and an intentional walk, and winning run came home on a one-out single by Mike Greve.
PSC plays non-league road games Tuesday (Apr. 20) at Bridgewater State (3:00 p.m.) and Wednesday (Apr. 21) at Dartmouth College (3:00 p.m.).