FORT MYERS, Fla. – Playing four contests in less than 24 hours for the second time this week, the Plymouth State University baseball went 1-3 Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to move to 3-5 in the annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic.
PSU split a doubleheader against Kalamazoo College (Mich.) on Wednesday morning, winning the first game, 7-2, but losing the nightcap, 9-8. The Panthers suffered a pair of blowout losses Tuesday night, 18-0 to St. Thomas (Minn.) and 14-3 to Wisconsin-Whitewater.
The highlight of PSU’s win over Kalamazoo in the first game was the pitching of freshman Chip Hale (Londonderry, N.H.). Hale worked seven innings, allowing only two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out 10. Senior Derek Guimond (Lewiston, Maine) and freshman John Pogorzelski (Hillsborough, N.J.) had two hits apiece to lead the Panther offense.
Guimond and sophomore Trevor Hall (New Boston, N.H.) had key hits as PSU rallied to leads of 6-0 and 8-1 over Kalamazoo before the Hornets rallied for a comeback victory. Hall finished the game with two hits, while junior C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.) went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
The Panthers fell behind St. Thomas early Tuesday evening as the Tommies scored in five of the first six innings. Sophomore starter Tim Conway (Bedford, N.H.) couldn’t get past the second inning and was tagged with the loss. Hall had a pair of hits in the loss for the Panthers, including a double.
PSU stayed close to UW-Whitewater in Tuesday’s nightcap until the fourth inning, when the Warhawks erupted for six runs to make it a 9-1 contest. Guimond provided the bright spot for the Panthers at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two singles and a double. UWW is now 10-0 on the season.
Plymouth State concludes its string of 10 games in six days with two more contests on Thursday – a doubleheader against Grove City (Pa.) at 9:00 a.m.
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