FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Plymouth State University baseball team split a doubleheader against Kalamazoo College Tuesday morning in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, dropping the first game in extra innings, 11-10, and coming back to take the nightcap, 11-2.
The opener was a slugfest, with Kalamazoo scoring 11 runs on 17 hits and the Panthers 10 runs on 14 hits. It was a 5-5 game after one inning and 6-6 after two. PSU trailed 10-7 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, but forced extra frames with single runs in the last of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The Hornets pulled out the win with a run in the top of the ninth before holding off the Panthers in the last half of the inning.
Junior Brandon Hodge (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow), sophomore Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.) and freshman Jared LeClaire (Portsmouth, N.H./Winnacunnet) all collected three hits for PSU in the opener. Hodge had two double and a triple, Kleponis and LeClaire added a double and two singles and scored three runs. Sophomore Nick Jowders (Wilton, N.H.) took the loss for the Panthers.
Sophomore Taylor Ketchum (Fairhaven, Mass.) limited the Hornets to four hits and two runs in six innings of the nightcap to pick up his first win of the year (1-0). Senior Craig Carpenter (Holderness, N.H./Nashua H.S.), a transfer from UMass Lowell, led the Panther offensive attack with three hits and four RBI, including a double and a triple. Kleponis and Hodge also repeated their multiple-hit efforts, Kleponis going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Hodge adding two hits and a pair of RBI.
The Panthers, 2-3 overall, have the day off on Wednesday before resuming action with a 9:00 a.m. doubleheader Thursday against Trinity College.
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