PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State College’s baseball team played its fourth game at Panther Field in less than 48 hours Sunday afternoon, and won for the third time with a 4-2 non-conference victory over Bowdoin College.
The win brings the Panthers closer to the .500 mark, as PSC improves to 8-9-1 overall. Bowdoin, which was also playing for the fourth time in three days, drops to 5-12 overall.
Freshman Nate Provencher (Wilton, NH) started and worked into the seventh inning for PSC, allowing only four hits and one run (earned). He walked four and struck out two and picked up the victory, improving to 2-1.
Senior Shane Balon (Manchester, NH/Memorial) came in to get PSC out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning. He went on to finish the game and earn his first save of the season.
Plymouth State got all the runs it would need with a three-run third inning off Bowdoin starter Seth Kolodziejski (W.Falmouth, MA). Don Jennings (Bradford, VT), Drew Leavitt (Turner, ME) and Todd Steffanides (Fitchburg, MA) opened the inning with consecutive singles to load the bases, and came around to score on an infield out by Jim Freda (Windham, NH), a bases-loaded walk to Mike Bence (Warwick, RI) and a sacrifice fly by Ben DuBois (Franklin, NH).
Bowdoin got on the board in the fourth inning with a lead-off home run to right by senior Dave DeCew (Newton, MA), his first of the season, to make it 3-1. PSC got its three-run advantage back in the eighth when Freda singled, and after an infield out, came around to score on a single by Bence.
The Polar Bears rallied in the ninth, as freshman Mike Taylor (Marblehead, MA) had a pinch-hit, RBI single, but the visitors left the bases loaded against Balon and PSC held on to win.
Kolodziejski pitched well, allowing six hits and four runs in the complete-game effort. He walked two and struck out four but fell to 1-4.
PSC returns to Panther Field Wednesday (Apr. 14) with one non-conference game against Fitchburg State (3:30 p.m.). Bowdoin plays Tuesday (Apr. 13) at Southern Maine (3:30 p.m.).