PLYMOUTH, NH – The Western Connecticut State University baseball squad split a Little East Conference doubleheader at Plymouth State on Sunday afternoon. The Colonials dropped the opener in seven innings, 20-8, before rebounding to edge the Panthers in Game Two, 5-4. With the split, the Colonials moved to 6-12 overall and 3-10 in league play, while Plymouth went to 13-19 and 4-9.
In Game One, WestConn exploded for seven runs in the second to take an early lead. The Colonials had runs come in on a two-run double from sophomore Logan Terry (Ellington, Conn.), a run-scoring ground out, RBI singles by juniors Moe Ortiz-Echevarria (Norwalk, Conn.) and Matt Mancini (Waterbury, Conn.) and a two-bagger by senior George Bielizna (Danbury, Conn.).
Plymouth State came right back with three runs in the bottom of the frame. After a hit batsman and single, one run came in on an error and Goulet's two-run triple cut the deficit to 7-3.
The Panthers added three more in the third to make it a one run game. Senior Chris Mansour (Lowell, Mass.) drove in one with an RBI single and sophomore Joe Routhier (Nashua, N.H.) and junior Jimmy Zimolka (Londonderry, N.H.) each knocked in a run with a fielder's choice.
PSU sent 12 men to the plate in the fourth, plating seven runs to pull in front. Junior Andrew Salta (Laconia, N.H.) had a two-run single, while his twin James Salta (Laconia, N.H.) had a two-run double. Senior Ryan Boldwin (Penacook, N.H.) added a run-scoring double, with two other runs coming in on a bases loaded walk and a ground out.
Goulet made it 14-7 after working a bases loaded walk in the fifth and PSU put the game out of reach with a six-run sixth.
Bielizna hit a long home run to left with two down in the seventh to account for the final score.
In the nightcap, PSU picked up a first inning run on doubles from Goulet and senior Ryan Richard (Berlin, N.H.).
The Colonials opened the third with three straight singles to load the bases. After a strikeout, junior Erik Merrill (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) cleared the bases with a three-run double to put the visitors ahead.
Junior Greg Campbell (Harwinton, Conn.) led off the top of the fifth with a line drive home run over the high fence in right field to extend the WestConn lead to 4-1.
The Panthers came back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning. J. Salta doubled in a run and Zimolka made it a one-run game with a sacrifice fly before Goulet came through with a two-out RBI double to tie the game at 4-4.
The Colonials went back in front in the seventh. A walk and single set up freshman Zachary Edwards (Seymour, Conn.), who doubled down the right field line for a 5-4 lead.
PSU got the tying run on base in both the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to even the game.
WestConn returns to action against visiting non-league foe Mt. St. Vincent on Monday at 7 p.m. weather/field conditions pending.