HENNIKER, N.H. – Junior C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.) went 6-for-7 Wednesday afternoon, setting the school record for hits in a game and leading Plymouth State University’s baseball team to an 18-8 non-conference victory over New England College.
Rousseau collected four singles and two doubles in his seven plate appearances, breaking the PSU single-game record of five hits previously achieved nine times. He also scored twice and drove in a pair. Rousseau singled in the first inning, doubled in the third, popped out in the fourth, singled in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, and capped his day with a run-scoring double in the ninth.
Plymouth State scored in each of the first four innings and took a 6-1 lead over the Pilgrims. NEC battled back to tie the game at 6-6 with four runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth, but the Panthers took the lead for good with two runs in the seventh and then put the game away with six in the eighth and four more in the ninth.
The Panthers, 10-25 overall, finished with 18 runs on 19 hits. Sophomore Trevor Hall (New Boston, N.H.) had three hits, including a triple, scored three runs and drove in two. Sophomore Joe Annese (Winchester, N.H.) also collected three hits, including a double, and knocked in a pair. Sophomore Nick Jaskolka (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) and freshman Brandon Hodge (Bradford, Vt.) each smacked two hits, including a double, with Jaskolka scoring twice and Hodge driving in two.
Senior John Perkins (Nottingham, N.H.) started and worked into the eighth inning to earn the win on the mound for PSU, improving to 2-5.
Plymouth State has announced a change in the schedule for Thursday (May 5). The team will not host Daniel Webster College at Panther Park, as scheduled, but will instead host Dartmouth College at 4:00 p.m. at Panther Park.
PSU then wraps up the season with Little East Conference doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday at Panther Park against Rhode Island College and UMass Boston, respectively (12:00 p.m.)
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