CASTLETON, Vt. - The Plymouth State College baseball team geared up for its upcoming five-game homestand, which begins Wednesday against Division I Dartmouth College, with a non-conference doubleheader sweep Sunday at Castleton State College.
The Panthers pounded out 33 hits Sunday in sweeping the Spartans, 15-13 and 15-3. The outcome gives PSC victories in four of its last five contests and a 10-11-1 overall record. Plymouth State is also 1-5 in Little East Conference games.
Sunday's sweep over Castleton State, which included 30 PSC runs on 33 hits, was a carry-over from Saturday's split decision at Rhode Island College, when the Panthers scored 23 runs on 30 hits. The 63-hit outburst by the Panthers raised the team batting average to .309.
Leading the way over the weekend was junior Dakota Smith (Rochester, NH) and freshman Matt Tupman (Concord, NH). Smith went 6-for-7 in Sunday's twinbill, capping off a 15-for-25 week that raised his batting average to .351. Tupman finished Sunday's doubleheader hitting for the cycle by going 4-for-5 with a double, triple and home run, raising his team-leading batting average to .392.
Smith and Tupman weren't the only Panthers with hot bats over the weekend. Senior captain Corey Mastin (Newmarket, NH) hit safely in all four games, with a pair of doubles and a home run. Senior Jason Freeman (Manhasset, NY) has a six-game hitting streak to raise his average to .365, going 16-for-27 (.593) over that span. Senior Josh Egan (Sharon, Mass.) has hit safely in seven consecutive ballgames, including a game-winning, walk-off home run last Wednesday to beat New England College, and freshman Phil Pagan (Nashua, NH) went 8-for-19 last week with four stolen bases, giving him a team-high 12 swipes this spring.
After hosting Dartmouth Wednesday at 3 p.m., PSC will entertain Saint Joseph's College Friday (Apr. 21) at 3 p.m., Western Connecticut Saturday (Apr. 22) in a doubleheader at 12 noon, and Colby-Sawyer in a single game Monday (Apr. 24) at 3 p.m.
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