Rindge, NH - Plymouth State University stole 12 bases en route to a 11-4 victory over Lyndon State College in a non-conference baseball game played Wednesday evening at Franklin Pierce University. The Panthers improve to 7-5 with the win, while the Hornets fall to 4-9.
Plymouth got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning. Ryan Richard (Berlin, NH) led off with a walk, then stole second. Geoff Kayo (Londonberry, NH) followed with a single up the middle to score Richard. After advancing to third on a fielder's choice, Kayo scored after tagging on Nate Frederick's (Worcester, MA) foul pop out down the first base line.
The Panthers extended their lead to 5-0 with three more runs in the bottom of the third. Richard started things with a single back up the middle. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, then moved on to third on Kayo's single. Josh Goulet (Nashua, NH) then doubled to left field, scoring Richard and Kayo. Goulet advanced to third on a ground out, then Mitch Sytulek (Raymond, NH) was hit by a pitch. Ben Curry (Hampstead, NH) then singled down the right field line to score Goulet.
Lyndon got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning. Andre Eason Jr. (Waterbury, CT) drew a two-out walk. Codi Smith (Hartford, VT) followed with a single to center which got past Plymouth center fielder Jimmy Zimolka (Londonberry, NH) and rolled all the way to the wall, allowing Eason to come all the way around to score. After David LaRoche (Franklin, VT) drew a walk, Jason Doris (Lincoln, RI) flied out to center, ending the Hornet threat, and leaving Plymouth wiht a 5-1 advantage.
Plymouth got the run back in the bottom of the fourth, as Cam Ruziak (Sterling, MA) walked, stole second, advanced to third on a fielder's choice, and scored on Kayo's sacrifice fly.
The Hornets narrowed the gap to 6-2 in the top of the fifth, as Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, ME) was hit by a pitch leading off. Chris April (Rollinsford, NH) sacrificed Rollins to second, then Caleb LaRoche (Franklin, VT) singled, moving Rollins to third. Zak Johnson's (East Hampton, CT) sacrifice fly to left scored Rollins.
Both teams went quietly in their next two at bats, before Plymouth broke the game open with five runs in the home half of the seventh. Frederick led of with a home run to left field. Sytulek then walked and stole second. Pinch hitter James Salta (Laconia, NH) then struck out but reached base on a wild pitch, which also allowed Sytulek to move to third. Ruziak then laid down a bunt on a suicide squeeze, scoring Sytulek, and reaching base when the bunt wasn't fielded cleanly by Hornet pitcher Neil Robinson (Stoddard, NH). After Ruziak stole second, Zimolka delivered a two-run single back up the middle. Zimolka then stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and came home on the back half of a delayed double steal, making the score 11-2, Plymouth.
The Hornets tried to rally in the top of the ninth. David LaRoche led off with a double down the right field line, and was replaced by pinch runner Collin Clark (Rutland, VT). Doris then got aboard after being hit by a pitch. After a pop out, Clark stole third and came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Ian Machia (Enosburg Falls, VT). Doris moved to second on a wild pitch, then scored on Caleb LaRoche's (Franklin, VT) single to left center. Johnson then grounded out back to Panther pitcher Joshua Guptill (Clemson, SC) to end the rally and the ball game.
Plymouth starter Tyler Shemick (Foster, RI) allowed two runs, one earned, and three hits while striking out seven over seven innings to pick up the win. After Alex Libby (Freeport, ME) pitched a scoreless eigth, Guptill finished things off in the ninth. Davis Guyer (Lyndon, VT) started for the Hornets and took the loss. Guyer allowed five runs and six hits over three innings.
The Hornets travel to St. Joseph's College of Maine for a single non-conference game Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm. Plymouth travels to UMass Dartmouth for a Saturday doubleheader.