PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State College baseball team overcame rain and a 4-1 deficit Saturday afternoon to pull out a rain-shortened 5-4 victory over Rhode Island College in the opening game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Panther Park. The game was halted after four-and-a-half innings, and the second game of the twinbill was postponed.
The Anchormen took a 4-1 lead with three runs in the second inning and one in the third, but the Panthers answered with four runs in the last of the third. The final outcome leaves PSC at 13-14 overall and 3-6 in conference play, while RIC is now 14-14-1 overall and 1-6 in the LEC.
Sophomore Chris Smaldone (Johnston, R.I.) and freshman Adolfo Perez (Miami, Fla.) had RBI singles in the second inning to spark an RIC rally, with another run coming home on a passed ball. PSC got one back in the bottom of the second on a home run by senior Matt Salokangas (New Ipswich, N.H.), his fourth of the season.
RIC went up 4-1 in the third inning when junior Eric Gibree (Bristol, R.I.) singled, went to third on a double by freshman Mike Naylor (Warwick, R.I.) and scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Mike Brannon (Cranston, R.I.).
The Panthers put up a four-spot in the bottom of the third to score what would become the decisive runs. After consecutive one-out walks to seniors Scott Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.), Matt Price (Epping, N.H.) and Salokangas, senior Jay Zinis (Manchester, N.H./West) cracked a two-run double to right field. Salokangas came home on a sacrifice fly by senior Robbie Burr (Concord, N.H.), and Zinis scored on an RIC throwing error.
Senior Owen Burke (Sanbornton, N.H.) went the distance for PSC, picking up the win to improve to 5-3. Sophomore Jim Milano (Johnston, R.I.) took the loss for the Anchormen to fall to 3-3.
The Panthers are back in action Sunday at Panther Park with a 12:00 p.m. make-up doubleheader against UMass Dartmouth, while RIC plays a make-up twinbill Sunday at Southern Maine (12:00 p.m.).