Middlebury dropped its first two home games of the season on Wednesday, falling 6-3 and 8-1 at the hands of Plymouth State (15-14) on Forbes Field. The home team (13-11) returns to action on Saturday at Trinity, while the visitors host Keene State tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.
The first game was scoreless into the fourth inning when Middlebury went on top, 1-0. Justin Han reached on a fielder's choice and later scored on a double down the right-field line by Kevin Woodring.
Plymouth State answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-out rally. Eric Leitch singled to right, while Josh Goulet reached on a bunt single and Ryan Richard loaded the bases with an infield base hit to short. James Garnett followed, belting a double to right center to plate three runs.
Plymouth State went back on top in the sixth when Andrew Salta hit a two-run homer to right, putting his team ahead 5-3. The visitors added a run in the seventh, making it a 6-3 final.
Colby Morris threw four solid innings for Middlebury, striking out five, while allowing no earned runs. Jake Stalcup (1-3) suffered the loss in relief. Ryan Rizzo finished the game 3-4, while Woodring had an RBI double.
Tyler Brown (2-0) picked up the win, giving up two earned runs on four hits, while striking out a pair. Alex Larson picked up his first save of the season, allowing just one hit in two innings of work.
Garnett went 2-3 with a double and three RBI for Plymouth, Jarek Krajewski hit a double, while Salta poked the game-winning two-run homer.
Plymouth State took a 3-0 lead in the third inning of game two. Garnett ripped a two-run double down the left-field line, while Richard scored on a fielder's choice.
The visiting Panthers added a pair in the fifth, sparked by a lead-off triple to right by Leitch. He later scored on a throwing error, while Krajewski drove in Richard with a single through the right side for a 5-0 advantage.
Plymouth State gained some breathing room in the seventh on a three-run double to left center by Mitch Sytulek.
Andrew Martinson (1-2) suffered the loss for the hosts, allowing five runs on five hits over 4.1 innings of work. Five players singled for Middlebury with a double from Palekar.
Kyle McCarthy (1-3) picked up the complete-game win for Plymouth, giving up one run on six hits with eight strikeouts. Garnett and Krajewski each went 2-4 with a pair of RBI, with two doubles from Garnett. Leitch was 2-3 in the game with two runs scored, while Richard scored three times.