FT. MYERS, Fla. – Plymouth State College got its baseball season off on the right foot Sunday night, sweeping Benedictine University (Ill.) in the first two games of the annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, 5-2 and 4-2.
In the opener, PSC broke open a 1-1 game with two runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh. Junior Robbie Burr (Concord, N.H.) knocked in both runs in the sixth with a double, and classmate Scott Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.) did the same in the seventh inning. Junior Jay Zinis (Manchester, N.H./West) and freshman Derek Guimond (Lewiston, Maine) also collected two hits apiece for the Panthers.
Senior right-hander Jeff Morgan (Laconia, N.H.) went the distance for PSC in the opener, allowing only two runs on three hits to pick up his first win of the year.
Senior rightie Nate Provencher (Wilton, N.H.) matched Morgan’s mound effort in the second game, allowing only three hits and two runs to complete the sweep of the doubleheader. The Panthers scored single runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings to put the game away. Hodsdon had a pair of hits in the nightcap, including a double, while Zinis had an RBI single in the fifth inning before throwing out a runner at the plate from left field in the sixth.
PSC, 2-0, is back in action Monday with a twinbill against Hope College (Mich.).
The Panthers have already won more games than they did on last year’s spring trip, when they limped home with a 1-8 record.