PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Ryan Adams (Sanford, Maine) tossed a four-hit shutout over Plymouth State College Saturday, leading the University of Southern Maine to a 2-0 victory in the opener of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Panther Park.
The second game of the twinbill was suspended due to rain after seven complete innings and the score tied, 8-8. School officials were still determining if the game ends in a tie or will be replayed or finished on a later date.
Adams struck out three for the Huskies to post his second shutout of the season and improve his record to 4-1. The verdict ruined an otherwise strong pitching performance by PSC starter Nate Provencher (Wilton, N.H.), who allowed only two runs on six hits while striking out eight.
The Huskies got the only runs they would need on an RBI double by junior Andy Lang (New Bedford, Maine) in the fifth inning, and a solo home run by senior Craig Gurekis (Nashua, N.H.) in the ninth inning.
Plymouth State jumped out on top in the nightcap thanks to a monster game by junior Jay Zinis (Manchester, N.H./West). He cracked three-run home runs in both the first and third innings, his fifth and sixth of the season, to help PSC take a 6-1 lead.
Southern Maine battled back with two runs in the fifth inning and five in the sixth. Key hits included RBI singles by junior Tyler Delorme (Enosburg, Maine) and Gurekis in the fifth, and run-scoring hits by sophomore Colin Loveless (South Paris, Maine), Lang, sophomore Brian Marshall (Danvers, Mass.) and Delorme in the sixth. Lang, who also homered in the third inning, finished the day with five hits, including two doubles and a HR.
Trailing 8-6, PSC came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. Zinis smacked a run-scoring double to give him seven RBI for the game, and then came around to score on a successful suicide squeeze play by sophomore Jay Morgan (Laconia, N.H.).
The game was stopped after seven innings due to heavy rain at Panther Park.
PSC, 8-13 overall and 0-6 in the LEC, gets back into action Sunday with a non-conference twinbill at Castleton State (1 p.m.). The Huskies, 14-10 and 4-1, return home to host UMass Boston on Sunday (1:00 p.m.).