PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University and Western Connecticut State University split a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader Friday afternoon at Panther Park, with PSU taking the opener, 8-3, and WestConn winning the nightcap, 6-2. The twinbill was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was moved up a day to avoid a potential rainout.
Sophomore Jim VanGyzen (Foster, R.I.) allowed only six hits and three runs while striking out 10 to lift the Panthers to victory in the opener. Freshman Patrick Kantor (Southbury, Conn.) reached base all five times to lead Western in the nightcap, collecting three hits and two walks and knocking in three runs. Both teams are now 2-5 in the LEC, while PSU is 9-16 overall and WCSU is 6-18.
PSU hammered out 17 hits to win the opener as VanGyzen picked up his first win of the season. Seven different Panthers had two hits in the contest. Junior Steve Campo (Londonderry, N.H.) and senior C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.) led the way, driving in two runs apiece.
Junior Andy Powers (Stratford, Conn.) had three hits and knocked in two to lead the visitors in Game One.
Kantor, Power and sophomore Matt Gardiner (Terryville, Conn.) all collected three hits for Western in the nightcap, with Powers scoring three times. The Colonials took the lead with a pair of runs in the first inning, added two more in the fifth, and put insurance runs on the board in the final two innings.
Sophomore Josh Labossiere (Lincoln, R.I.) hit his fourth home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning of the nightcap, but PSU managed only one run the rest of the way. That came in the sixth inning when Rousseau doubled and came around to score on a pair of infield grounders.
Senior Brian Krost (Stamford, Conn.) earned the win for WestConn in the second game, working seven innings and giving up six hits and two runs while striking out nine. Freshman Ryan Slootmaker (Pequannock, N.J.) pitched the last two innings for his second save.
PSU returns to action Monday with a non-conference make-up game against Becker College at Panther Park (3:30 p.m.) WestConn. returns home to host Stevens Tech Monday in a non-conference match-up (7:30 p.m.)
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