PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Eastern Connecticut State University's baseball team, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in Division III, pounded out 32 hits and scored 23 runs and swept a Little East Conference doubleheader from Plymouth State College Saturday at Panther Field, 9-1 and 14-1.
The Warriors improve to 19-2 overall and 4-0 in the LEC, while PSC drops to 6-9-1 overall and 0-4 in the LEC.
Sophomore John Kubachka (Glastonbury, Conn.) led a 14-hit ECSU attack in the opener, going 4-for-6 with six RBI, including his sixth and seventh home runs of the season. Sophomore Kevin Rival (New Britain, Conn.), junior Nick Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.) and junior Matt Hebert (Burlington, Conn.) each added a pair of hits. Junior Bryan DePaulo (Waterbury, Conn.) went the distance, allowing just two hits and an unearned run to improve to 2-0.
PSC ace Jeff Morgan (Laconia, NH) pitched a complete game in the opener, and was tagged for all nine runs to suffer his first loss of the season (2-1).
The offensive onslaught continued for ECSU in the nightcap against four PSC pitchers. Tempesta had four hits, including a pair of doubles and two RBI. Sophomore Jared Holowaty (Columbia, Conn.) had two hits and drove in four runs. Kubachka went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Rival, Hebert, John Hedde (Stonington, Conn.) and Justin Waz (Deep River, Conn.) each had two hits, with Hedde knocking in three runs. Sophomore David Olson (Waterford, Conn.) worked the first seven innings to register the victory (4-0).
After getting two hits in the opener, the Panthers could muster only six hits in the nightcap, two by freshman Jay Zinis (Manchester, NH/West), who knocked in PSC's only run.
The Panthers return to action Sunday (4/9) with a non-conference encounter at Bowdoin (1 p.m.). ECSU plays Tuesday at Montclair State.
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