NORTHBOROUGH, Mass.- In its final game before jetting off for spring break, the Eastern Nazarene College baseball team downed Plymouth State 9-5 in extra innings Tuesday afternoon at the New England Baseball Complex.
The Lions climb to 3-0 on the year with the victory while the Panthers dip to 0-1 overall with the result.
Hunter Leroux-Porter (Greenland, N.H.) paced the offense with a pair of hits, five RBIs, and one run scored on the day. Dylan Louviaux (Mohnton, Pa.) and Steven Pesce (Harrison, N.Y.) both notched two base knocks, two runs scored, and one RBI in the contest. Joshua Bombard (Rutland, Mass.) chipped in with a pair of runs scored, one hit, and one RBI.
Plymouth State plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning to claim a 2-0 lead. Mongeon Kim lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to allow Richie Marique to tag up and score from third base. Andrew Wasilefsky rounded third and crossed the dish on a two-out single by Gavin Cook.
Eastern Nazarene responded with two scores in the top of the fourth to level the game at 2-2. Leroux-Porter laced a two-out single to drive in Bombard and Pesce.
The Lions seized a one-run edge, 3-2, with a run in the fifth inning. Louviaux roped a double to plate Juan Jacobo Lopez (San Diego, Calif.) from second base.
The Panthers chalked up three runs in the home half of the fifth to capture a 5-3 advantage. Drew Metzdorf doubled to knock in Jimmy Zimolka and Joe Routhier before scoring from third base on a balk.
Eastern Nazarene pulled even at 5-5 with a pair of runs in the eighth. Pesce scorched a base hit to drive in Brandon Guerrero (Boston, Mass.) and Bombard followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Louviaux.
The Lions erupted for four runs in the top of the 10th inning to secure a 9-5 lead. With the bases full, Leroux-Porter raked a bases-clearing triple to score Bombard, Pesce, and Louviaux. Jaime Roldan (Boston, Mass.) followed with a base knock to drive in Leroux-Porter.
Briley Seiter (Bellevue, Ky.) tossed 4.1 innings and fanned four in his first start of the spring. Rookie Jon Tessier (Coronado, Calif.) hurled 5.2 scoreless innings of relief and racked up six strikeouts to pick up his first collegiate win in his second appearance of the season.
Up next, Eastern Nazarene will face Manhattanville in a doubleheader March 1 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.